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The Art of Sustainability: Juried Exhibition

Featuring pieces related to sustainability and the environment

The Faculty of Social Science and Humanities will host a Juried Art Exhibition with the theme of Sustainability in Art. There will be a cash prize of $250 for the First Place winner, $150 for Second and an honourable mention for our Third Place winner.

Sustainability and Art

"Science tells us that we have to begin our transition to an ecologically sound society immediately. But the problems we must solve in this transition must be addressed through cooperation and communication. The arts have a pivotal role to play in this. They can trigger our emotions, educate our minds, and animate our ambitions. Now, more than ever, we need art to help us transform ourselves and consequently, our relationship with the Earth, other people, and other species."

-Timothy MacNeill, Director, Minor in Sustainability Studies

Entrants are asked to submit pieces that explore sustainability and the ways in which sustainability relates to our lives and values. These pieces are open to the artist’s interpretation of what sustainability looks like to them as individuals.

Eligibility: This exhibition is open to the public and is not limited to current Ontario Tech students. 

Entries due: Monday, September 07, 2020

Event details

Opening Reception

Monday, October 5, 2020
1 to 3 p.m.
Location: Ontario Tech University, 61 Charles Street, Oshawa, Ontario, Second-Floor Atrium

Exhibit open through October 9, 2020

  • Submission Guidelines
    • Entrants may submit up to two pieces. Please ensure that you include the name of your piece with every submission. Please photograph your work prior to submission, as we require a high-res image to determine whether your work will be chosen. 
    • Artwork can be 2-dimensional in mediums including oil paints, watercolors, acrylic paints, graphite pencil, pastels, graphic art, photography and digital prints.
    • Maximum size for work is 27 by 41 inches.
    • Artwork must be original work created by the entrant.
    • Entries must be received by Monday, September 7 at 4:30 p.m.
      • Note: You do not need to deliver your original pieces at this time, simply include a photo of each piece submitted so that we may see your work. 
      • You will be notified by Friday, September 11, 2020 if you are selected.
      • If an artist wishes to offer their work for sale, they must include in their entry the listed price as well as contact information.
  • Important Dates
    Monday, September 07, 2020

    Submissions must be received through the Submission Form and must include a high-res photo of the piece. 

    Friday, September 11, 2020

    Artists selected to be a part of the exhibition will be notified through email. 

    Monday, October 5, 2020

    Opening Reception and juried exhibition. First, second and third-place winners will be announced. 

    October 5-9, 2020

    All pieces selected to be shown in the exhibition will be displayed in the Second-Floor Atrium of 61 Charles Street. 

    Friday, October 9, 2020

    Artwork pick-up. Work must be collected that Friday. 



For more information, contact:

Marielle Boutin
Communications Coordinator
Faculty of Social Science and Humanities
Ontario Tech University
905.721.8668 ext. 5808