Call for Visual Arts Submissions: The Quenten Doolittle Memorial Gallery : EYE ON SOCIETY

Submissions are now open for
The Quenten Doolittle Memorial Gallery Exhibit: EYE ON SOCIETY
October 1st to December 11th, 2021

Full Submission Package Below:

QDMG Fall 2021 Eye on Society Submission Package Complete


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 Mohkinstsis (Calgary) and Alberta visual artists to display and sell their work, free from commission.

For this exhibit, we are looking for work that speaks to a social issue – from poverty to racism to gender inequality and beyond. Submissions of any style, from realistic to abstract, and in any visual art medium will be considered, provided it meets all gallery requirements below.

The Pumphouse Theatre supports an inclusive and diverse community. We encourage any submissions of eligible visual artists from all communities including but not limited to the LGBTQ2+, BIPOC, and those with disabilities. 

Submissions must meet the following requirements:

  • Artist must reside in Calgary and must be available for installation dates provided.
  • 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 the frame or canvas as a hooking device). Hanging cleats or flat metal hardware unfortunately will not be accepted.  

This gallery is intended to be available for in-person and online viewing. Due to the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic, there is the possibility of this exhibit being online exclusively. All installation required is still necessary for this exhibit. 

In the event of an in-person gallery, The Pumphouse Theatre will install the work on behalf of the artists. Artwork may be dropped off or picked up by either the artist or a representative during the hours of 12 pm and 6 pm on the installation and takedown dates provided. Artist must reserve an installation and takedown date via a provided form or by contacting the Programming Director.


Submission Deadline: August 20th, 2021, 4pm

All artists who submit will be notified with a decision no later than 2-2 1/2 weeks after the deadline has passed.

Installation: September 26th – September 28th, 2021

Exhibition: October 1st – December 11th, 2021

Take Down: December 12th – December 15th, 2021

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

Applications or queries can be sent to:
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 is based on: suitability to the theme, technique, emotional response, creativity & innovation, and suitability for the Pumphouse Theatre gallery space and its patrons (ages 8-80 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 the Pumphouse Theatre, at any point.