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Emerging Artist Exhibit

Submissions are now open for
The Quenten Doolittle Memorial Gallery Exhibit:

Emerging Artist!

In association with IGNITE! Festival for Emerging Artists.

April 16th to June 20th, 2020

The Pumphouse Theatre is a vibrant facility with historical significance. It supports and presents all art forms and creates opportunities for engagement, enrichment, cultural experience, learning and inspiration, while serving all Calgarians. To enable this, the Quenten Doolittle Memorial Gallery provides accessible wall display space for Calgary and Alberta visual artists to display and sell their work, free from commission.

IGNITE! is a festival dedicated to supporting, mentoring, and presenting emerging artists of all disciplines. IGNITE! allows artists to embrace risks in a supportive environment while providing resources, a bridge to the professional arts community, and meaningful opportunities for collaboration and community building with their peers. IGNITE! will take place June 10th – June 13th, 2020 at the Pumphouse Theatres. 

Artists will be given a choice to opt into allowing their work to be adjudicated to become the official art piece of IGNITE! 2020. All submissions will be displayed from April 16th, 2020 to June 20th, 2020. If selected to be the official art piece of IGNITE! 2020, artists will receive an artist festival pass and an honorarium for the use of their image in marketing material. Artists must submit their art before January 31st, 2020 to be considered for the official art piece of IGNITE! 2020. All pieces not selected will still be considered for The Quenten Doolittle Memorial Gallery Emerging Artist Exhibit.

Submissions must meet the following requirements: 

  • Artist resides in Alberta and must be available for installation. 
  • Artist must identify as Emerging (less than 5 years of experience) 
  • Artwork must be delivered ready to hang (wall-space only) 

Installation Requirements: All art MUST be equipped with picture hanging wire and D rings (a piece of metal hardware shaped like the letter D used on the back of frame or canvas as hooking device). Hanging cleats or flat metal hardware unfortunately will not be accepted.

The Pumphouse Theatre will install the work on behalf of the artists. Artwork may be dropped off or picked up by ei- ther the artist or a representative during the hours of 12pm and 6pm on the installation and take down dates provided. Artist must reserve an installation and take down date via a provided online form or by contacting the Programming Director. 


  • Final Submission Deadline: March 13th, 2020, 4pm
    • If you wish to be considered for IGNITE! 2020, you must submit before January 31st, 2020.
  • Installation: April 12th – April 14th, 2020
  • Gallery Close: June 20th, 2020
  • Gallery Take Down: June 21st – June 23rd, 2020

To apply, please send the following information via email or mail: 

  • Completed Gallery Submission Form 
  • Artist Biography (250 words max) 
    • A short description of who you are and your art background, training, passion, and/or any combination of the fore mentioned information 
  • Artwork: A minimum of 1 to a maximum of 5 pieces will be accepted 
    • Images of artwork only; do not send original works with application 

All completed applications, or questions regarding application may be sent to: 

Attn: Kelly Malcolm, Programming Director
2140 Pumphouse Ave SW, Calgary, AB T3C 3P5  403-263-0079 ext. 100

Selection Process: Art pieces are selected by a committee of no less than 3 people and are a mix of artists and administrators. Selection criteria are based on suitability to the theme, technique, emotional response, creativity & innovation, and suitability to the Pumphouse Theatre gallery space and its patrons (ages 5 and up, representing various socio-economic and cultural backgrounds). Unfortunately, we are unable to accept works that feature nudity. 

Any artists who need assistance with their application, or have inquires and questions, are welcome to contact Kelly Malcolm, Programming Director, at any point.

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