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BMFA 40th Juried Art Show

The Juried Art Show’s mission is to promote, showcase, and award exceptional artists and artisans.

The Art Exhibition will run April 29 to July 5, 2020.

BMFA, 65 Simcoe Street, Studio 4,
Collingwood, ON L9Y 1H7

The BMFA Juried Art Show will accept Entries On-Line starting on February 12 through to March 14, 2020.

All interested Artists from Ontario may participate in the Juried Art Show.

Artists may enter original works in either 2-D or 3-D.

Cash Prizes in each of the Adult 2-D and 3-D categories will be awarded:

1st Prize $250, 2nd Prize $200, 3rd Prize $150

Cash Prizes in the Student categories will be awarded:
1st Prize $100, 2nd Prize $75, 3rd Prize $50

Entry fees: BMFA Members $20 per entry. Non-Members $35 per entry. Student entries, no charge. (Maximum two entries per artist).

Judging Criteria

Each entry will be judged based on Originality, Technique and Composition. Judging this year will be a handled in a three part process and be undertaken by three professional judges.

First Step: Each judge will review, mark and comment on the online images that have been submitted.

Second Step: If the work achieves provisional acceptance, based on the marks received, the artist will be contacted and asked to bring their work to the BMFA Gallery at 65 Simcoe Street, Collingwood, Ontario.

Third and Final Step: With the actual work available, the jurors will do final judging and award prizes.


February 12 to March 14:  Entries and submissions will be accepted on-line (see below for the entry form).

April 24 & 25:  Artists who have received acceptance from the three jurors will be contacted and asked to bring their works to the BMFA Art Centre, 65 Simcoe Street, Collingwood for final acceptance and judging. (This is an intake of provisionally accepted pre-judged works from all on-line entries).

Wednesday, April 29: Juried Art Show opens to the public, at 65 Simcoe Street, Collingwood, On, L9Y 1H7.

Sunday, May 1: 1 to 3pm. Opening Reception, Jurors’ Critiques, and Winners to be announced and honoured.

Saturday, July 5: Juried Art Show ends.

Sunday, July 6:  Artists MUST remove their work from the gallery, during the hours of 11am to 3pm.

Information for JAS Entrants:





FEES per entry:: 

Adult 2-D will be awarded: 1st Prize $250, 2nd Prize $200, 3rd Prize $150

Adult 3-D will be awarded: 1st Prize $250, 2nd Prize $200, 3rd Prize $150

Student cash prizes will be awarded: 1st Prize $100, 2nd Prize $75, 3rd Prize $50

BMFA Members $20 Non-members $35, Students, FREE
Payment to be made by major credit cards. (No cash or cheques can be accepted.)

Rules of Entry

  1. Open to all Ontario residents.
  2. 2-D Adults Artists may submit – One or Two original works in any medium, recently executed and not previously hung in a Juried Art Show. Note: Only One image can be provided for each purchased online submission of 2-D work.
  3. 3-D Adult Artists may submit – One or Two original works in any medium, recently executed and not previously shown in a Juried Art Show. Note: Three images are to be provided for each purchased online submission of 3-D work.
  4. Student Artists will be juried separately and have one combined category. School ID may be requested. College students will be judged as Adults.
  5. Photographic art works are not eligible.
  6. ONLY images of works received online, before the deadline of March 14th, 2020 will be accepted. Submitted photos will be accepted in jpeg (jpg) format up to 2MG.

Important Information:

Size Limits: 2-D Work. Outer dimensions must be no more than nine square feet including frame. Or no more than 8361 square centimeters. Works must be properly framed, with wire and eye hooks (No saw-tooth hangers permitted). All 2-D works must have finished edges.

Size Limits: 3-D Work. Free standing work must be capable of being handled by one person. Dimensions are not to exceed 1.5 cubic feet and maximum of 10 pounds, or 4.5 kilos.
                      Works not meeting the above criteria cannot be accepted.


More Information

  • All works received will be juried.
  • The jurors’ decisions are final.
  • Entry Fees are non-refundable.
  • Accepted works must remain on view and not leave the premises until the conclusion of the exhibition, July 5th 2020.
  • The BMFA will take 35% commission on sold works.
  • Artists are responsible for insurance on their work. All reasonable care will be taken, but The Blue Mountain Foundation for the Arts assumes no responsibility should loss or damage occur.
  • All work MUST be picked up on Sunday, July 6, 2020 11am to 3pm. Or by special arrangement with the BMFA. No work can be stored.

IMPORTANT: By completing the ENTRY FORM it is understood that you accept and will abide by the BMFA Juried Art Show RULES OF ENTRY.


Registration Process

Use the ENTRY FORM to enter your personal details and upload your entries.


On the ENTRY FORM below, click on ENTRY and choose the path to your image. (these options may appear: Photo Library, Browse, File Name, Take Photo).

Any image (photo) sourced from a smart phone/ipad should fit into the specifications required for uploading your image.

1. One image only must be provided for each online submission of a 2-D work. jpeg / jpg image up to 2MG.
2. Up to three images of the work can be included with the on-line submission of a 3-D work: jpeg / jpg images up to 2MG.

Use the ENTRY FORM BELOW to apply:

Entry Form


a. Enter the full path to your photos in the Filename form fields before pressing Submit, or use the Browse buttons to point to the files on your computer.

b. The digital images must be JPEG or JPG. Any size image may be uploaded. Images will be resized such that the longest side is 2400 pixels before being saved (images > 2MB will take a long time to process so be patient - images < 1 MB may lack sufficient detail for accurate judging).

For best results: Crop image to remove unnecessary background. Ensure photo is free from reflected light sources. Photograph work on a flat surface. Artists unfamiliar with the process of photographing works for on-line judging may contact Patricia Andrew ( for assistance.

If a mandatory field is missing or there is a problem with an image, the form will be reloaded and an error message displayed. For security reasons, path details cannot be written when the form reloads so these fields will need to be re-entered.


Entry 1:
Entry 2:
Student Entry:

Entry Fee: $20 for members, $35 for non-members, per submission. Students (high school only) no charge. (Want to become a member? Click here)


   Valerie Nichol

Valerie discovered art on a trip to the Yukon, inspired by the incredible landscapes. In 1985 she was accepted into Toronto’s Ontario College of Art. “It was an incredible time in my life - a highlight - a whole building of people exploring their creativity.

When studying the old masters, the technique of glazing, the layering of one semi-transparent layer of paint on top of each other became a fascination.

Valerie has been showing paintings in galleries across Ontario for the past thirty years. Her pieces are part of many corporate collections.

Visit Valerie Nichol in her studio in Meaford, Ontario. For more information:

   Peter Adams

Peter has a degree in Film Studies from Queens’s University, but now directs all his creative energy toward painting. Since moving to a farm near Creemore in 1998 he has spent many years exploring the surrounding landscape - and the ever-changing relationship with the land.

Now a resident of Collingwood, over the past twenty years, Adams has received many awards and several Ontario Arts Council Grants.

For more information enquire at:

   Fred Humel

Fred has always been interested in the visual arts and has been a practising artist since he was young. He has experience as a painter, printmaker and potter, but in the last 26 years has devoted most of his time to stone sculpture. He was a teacher with the Halliburton School of the Arts and both a teacher and art consultant with the Scarborough and Toronto School Boards. As a member of the Sculptors' Society of Canada he regularly shows work at various galleries.

For more information enquire at: