Thursday, July 9, 2009

Kingston Cultural Plan Steering Committee Deadline

Update on The Kingston Community Cultural Policy Plan:

Community Cultural Policy Plan Steering Committee
is seeking two members of the public to serve on the committee
application deadline: Friday, July 10, 2009
Functions will include the development of a detailed work plan and a final draft Community Cultural Policy Plan which will be submitted to the Arts, Recreation and Community Policies Committee for consideration. Dates and times of meetings to be confirmed. Committee Appointment will be until term of Council, Nov. 30, 2010.

If you are interested in serving on this Committee, please complete the Application For Appointment, available in the Clerk's Department at City Hall or online at

Please submit the application and brief summary of your interest and background to Diane Jackson, City Hall, 216 Ontario St., Kingston, ON K7L 2Z3 or fax it to 613-546-5232. Additional information about the appointment process can be requested at 613-546-4291 ext 1375 or by email at [email protected].

All applications must be received by Friday, July 10, 2009.

Kingston Arts Council
PO Box 1005
Kingston, Ontario K7L 4X8 - [email protected]

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Announcement: List of Portrait Prize Finalists

MEDIA RELEASE: 2 July 2009

Exciting List of Portrait Prize Finalists

Kingston Ontario. 2 July 2009. A new chapter unfolds in the contemporary Canadian portrait scene as thirty exciting portraits are chosen as finalists in The Kingston Prize, Canada's National Portrait Competition. These portraits will be exhibited at the Grand Theatre in Kingston, Ontario, from October 9 - 25. The names of the finalists are:
Fiona Ackerman Vancouver BC
Shauna Born Port Rowan ON
Carolyn Campbell Edmonton AB
Jennifer Campbell Ottawa ON
Jennifer Carvalho Vancouver BC
Taha Clayton Brooklyn NY
Marina Dieul Montreal QC
Zinour Fathoullin Calgary AB
Elaine Goble Ottawa ON
Roselina Hung Vancouver BC
Nelly Kazenbroot Nanaimo BC
Charles Keillor North Vancouver BC
Kris Knight Toronto ON
Gerald Kuehl Winnipeg MB
Noah Layne Victoria BC
Miklos Legrady Toronto ON
Steven Lewis Toronto ON
Tony Luciani Durham ON
Eileen MacArthur Guelph ON
Allan MacKay Kitchener ON
Mahmood Meraji North York ON
Brian Michon Toronto ON
Richard Morin Montreal QC
Diliana Popova Toronto ON
Kristi Ropeleski Montreal QC
Tammy Salzl Montreal QC
Matthew Schofield Toronto ON
David Scott Toronto ON
Paul Robert Turner Toronto ON
Andrew Valko Winnipeg MB

The finalists were chosen from 471 entries by the jury consisting of Professor Robert Enright, art critic and writer, from the University of Guelph; Eliza Griffiths, painter and Assistant Professor at Concordia University in Montreal; and Dr Lilly Koltun, Director-General of the Portrait Gallery of Canada.
The jury will announce the winner of The Kingston Prize of $10,000, presented by the W. Garfield Weston Foundation, and two Honourable Mention awards of $1000 each, at the Gala Preview at the Grand Theatre in Kingston, on October 8.
After its Kingston showing the exhibition will embark on a national tour lasting several months, heading to Wolfville, Nova Scotia; Toronto; and Calgary.
A People's Choice Prize of $1000 will be awarded at each of the four locations.
The Kingston Prize is a project of the Kingston Arts Council.

Kingston's Biggest Solo Art Exhibit to Open

KINGSTON, ONTARIO (June 28, 2009) - With almost fifty works of art on over one hundred thirty linear feet of wall, the upcoming show of A. Michael Shumate is likely the biggest solo art exhibit in recent Kingston history, maybe ever. The show will take place from July 17 to 23 at the St. Lawrence College Gallery, Kingston. There will be an opening reception Thursday, July 16 from 7 to 9 p.m.

The St. Lawrence gallery is big, wrapping around the skylit stairwell. "I won't have a problem filling it," Michael explains. "I've been preparing all year for another exhibit that didn't happen, so I have more than enough pieces. I'm really excited about them."

Michael is a career graphic designer and illustrator whose work has been used all over the world for such clients as Business Week Magazine, McGraw Hill Publishers and British Airways Magazine. For the last 22 years he's been a professor of graphic design and illustration at St. Lawrence College. He's been exhibiting his fine art for over 40 years. In addition to being a teacher, Michael is also an author and professional speaker.

This show should provide something for everyone: abstracts, landscapes and sculpture. That much variety of style is unusual in a solo exhibit, but Michael has wide interests and these are reflected in his art. "I paint landscapes because there's something about the harmony and tranquility of nature that feeds the soul.

"I paint abstracts because non-representational art gives a different kind of viewer experience. It can allow more free association than when looking at representational art. One can relate to it on a visceral level and find beauty in the color and form alone, without the distraction of subject matter. Moreover, with non-representational art it is also possible to render subjects that would otherwise be invisible, like emotions, feelings and abstract concepts.

"I've had people say that looking at my work is like a peaceful, almost a spiritual experience, and that feeling seems to increase the longer they look at it. To me that's the highest compliment I could receive."

To see some of the work that will be displayed in the show, visit:

Michael Shumate, BFA, RGD
[email protected]
613-767-9147 (cell)

Job posting: imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival

Interim Executive Director, imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival, Toronto
Deadline: July 10, 2009

The imagineNATIVE Film and Media Arts Festival is seeking an Interim Executive Director.

The annual imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival - the largest festival of its kind in Canada - is seeking a dynamic self-starter for a key executive role. Now entering its tenth year, imagineNATIVE is an international showcase for Indigenous film, video, radio, new media, and installation art. Located in a beautiful arts-focused building at 401 Richmond Street West in Toronto, imagineNATIVE is a community-based festival committed to the development and promotion of Indigenous artists and their work. This is an amazing opportunity to be a part of a successful, growing organization that has become one of the leaders in Toronto's vibrant independent film festival scene. The role will offer a high profile in the arts and Aboriginal communities and the candidate will nurture and develop key contacts within the film and media industries, as well as both the public and private sectors.

Please send resume and cover letter to [email protected], with job title in the subject line.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Parks Canada Art Contest