Call for Submission: RISE Emerging Artist Program 2018

Date: Nov 20, 2017

Call for Submission – RISE Emerging Artist Program 2018

Submission Deadline: Tuesday, January 9th, 2018
Jurying process: January 15th – 19th, 2018
Notification of Acceptance: Monday, January 22nd, 2018

Exhibition Dates for RISE Emerging Artist Program 2018

Slot 1
Thursday, March 8th – Thursday, May 3rd, 2018
Installation – Tuesday, March 6th – Wednesday, March 7th, 2018
Opening reception – Thursday, March 8th, 2018 at 6pm
Slot 2
Wednesday, July 11th – Thursday, September 6th, 2018
Installation – Monday, July 9th – Tuesday July 10th, 2018
Opening reception – Thursday, July 12th, 2018 at 6pm
*Preference will be given to exhibitions that are interactive and child and youth “friendly” due to artsPlace camps programming that will be running during this exhibition period. 

Slot 3
Wednesday, November 14th, 2018 – Thursday, January 3rd, 2019
Installation – Monday, November 12th - Tuesday, November 13th, 2018
Opening reception – Thursday, November 15th, 2018 at 6pm
artsPlace is a welcoming, user-friendly space where community can gather to explore, discover, and celebrate the adventure of art and creativity.  The artsPlace Gallery is now accepting submissions for the RISE Emerging Artist Program.

The aim of RISE is to cultivate Alberta’s emerging artists by pairing an exhibition opportunity with mentorship by a local art professional. Participating artist’s will build experience in exhibition design, installation, and professional practice. This program will foster community awareness of contemporary arts and prepare emerging artists for a professional career in the arts. 


An emerging artist is defined as: someone who is in the early stage of their career, (less than 5 years), has specialized training in their field (not necessarily gained in an academic institution), and who has created a modest independent body of work.

Emerging artists may include students, recently graduated students from a post-secondary institution, or someone who has made a recent career change or decision to prioritize their art practice.  The artist cannot be exhibiting work with a commercial gallery, and MUST be resident of Alberta for at least a year prior to the application deadline date.

Calls for submission are open to ALL visual art disciplines, individual and collective projects.

RISE Emerging Artist Program

The exhibition is 7 weeks long, allowing the selected emerging artist the opportunity to educate, exhibit, sell, and promote their artistic practice within the Bow Valley.  When accepted, the emerging artist will be paired with a local artist mentor that will help guide the artist through preparation and planning for the exhibition, the installation of the exhibition, and the required artist talk and/or demonstration.

Submission Deadline:
The deadline for submissions is Tuesday, January 9th, 2018.  Please submit one PDF file containing items 1-8 and 10 individual .jpeg images to, subject line: RISE Emerging Artist Submission.

Full Artist Call Information:              
Important Artist Information

  • Exhibition will be selected based on the substance within their submission, specifically speaking to the artist’s ability to deliver a high-quality body of work with the chosen media, strength and relevance of concepts within the artist's practice, ability to present the artist talk, and or create a community-focused demonstration.
  • Once selected the artist will be paired with a local artist mentor. The artist is required to provide a progress report 4 weeks prior to their exhibition installation date.
  • Emerging artists will receive a $500 honorarium for their participation in the RISE Emerging Artist Program.  
  • artPlace will take a 30% commission on all artwork sold during the exhibition.
  • An opening reception will be provided by artsPlace. 
  • There is NO submission fee.

Hub Gallery

Designed to accommodate a variety of exhibitions, the Hub Gallery is located within the heart of artsPlace. It has five wall sections, coloured yellow in the diagram below, measuring 7.5 m, 3.5 m, 3 m, 1 m, 2 m.  These five sections are all white dry walled walls backed by solid wood, ideal for hanging 2D artwork, and capable of displaying 3D work within specified weight limits. The high-traffic area makes it ideal for emerging artists to gain exposure but also limits our ability to display certain 3D artwork that might be easily compromised or damaged. 

We look forward to hearing from you!
All submissions MUST be received (in hand at the artsPlace office, or email time stamped) by the deadline, failure to do so will disqualify your submission.
Contact Info:
Programs Manager
Kizzie Sutton
403 609 2623 x104