Paint Ontario 2020 was a huge success – many talented artists submitted paintings to the show and sale. There are over $7,500 in prizes. Last year the show attracted a record number of visitors from all over Southern Ontario and beyond. There were record sales. Everyone was amazed and delighted with the beauty of the art that you, our artists, created.

These pages are updated for 2021.

There is an addition to Item 5 in 2021

This page is the entry portal for Paint Ontario.
At the bottom of this page is a link to How to Complete the Entry Form.

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Opening Night for the show is Friday May 7 and the show will run during regular museum hours up to Sunday May 30. With more than $7,500 in prizes and sales of more than $100,000, this is the show to enter!

Paint Ontario is an opportunity to sell both your painting and yourself as an artist. Visitors to Paint Ontario come from all over South-Western Ontario. Many of our artists have gone on to do commission and referred work based on their Paint Ontario showings at the Lambton Heritage Museum. Don’t forget to send us an Artist Bio – see below.

Paint Ontario is a show within a show, the Faces and Places of Ontario, and has workshops by artists for artists. The Places of Ontario show features original paintings that bring to life the beauty, character and diversity of Ontario – our home. The Faces of Ontario show features original paintings that depict the faces and convey the story of one or two people in an Ontario theme.
You can find more information about what we are looking for at this link.
You can find out how we jury and award at this link.

Two Juried Categories

  1. The Places of Ontario is a juried competition for “representational” art,  We seek paintings that depict the diversity of the Ontario landscape, architecture, flora and fauna, waterscapes, and urbanscapes. This is the default entry for the show.
  2. The Faces of Ontario showcases juried portrait style paintings that realistically depict people. The focus is on the face however a Paint Ontario setting or context is an asset.

Terms and Conditions for Entry.

  1. All entry forms to the show are completed onlineContact us if this is not possible. You may enter up to 3 pieces. Depending on the category there are options to submit by digital image upload or directly to the museum.
  2. Media can be oil, watercolour, pastel, acrylic, pencil, charcoal, mixed media encaustic; no sculpture, furniture. photography, computer art or textile art.
  3. Size of artwork submitted – including frame. The minimum size is 8″x10″. The largest can be a total of 2300 square inches (e.g. 48″x48″ or 23″x100″). Please be advised that we take into consideration the presentation of the entire show and are working with a set amount of wall space. Submitting three very large pieces will most likely mean that not all three will be accepted.
  4. All work must be original. No copies from other artists or from published material, including stock photography, no supervised work, no reproductions or prints, will be allowed. All painting and reference material, including photographs, must be the original work of the artist and may be requested by jurors.
  5. No repeat entries to Paint Ontario. An original work shown in other shows is allowed. Works received, after acceptance, that were submitted as a digital image must match the image (meet the expectations and standards for the show).
  6. All work must be for sale. The minimum is $200 and the maximum price for a painting is $4,500.
    Your painting may not be accepted based on price point related to size or saleability.
  7. The Artwork’s Price. The price you enter on the entry form must include the commission payable to Paint Ontario(35%) and any HST that you, the artist, must pay from the amount we pay you after we have taken the commission payable to Paint Ontario.
  8. To be accepted, all work must be ready to hang.
    This means framed, unless the work is designed to hang unframed. If the latter, the sides must be painted for a tailored, finished look. The piece must be properly wired.
  9. By signing the Entry Form and Exhibit Labels:
    With respect to the attached image and any submitted artwork for the Paint Ontario competition, I hereby represent that I am the owner of the artwork. I hereby grant to Paint Ontario & the Grand Bend Art Centre, their designees, affiliates and licensees the following worldwide, irrevocable rights:
    To use and re-use, publish and re-publish the image of the artwork, in whole or in part, individually or in conjunction with printed matter, or in composite form, and in any medium, for editorial, commercial, promotional, and/or trade purposes in connection with the Paint Ontario competition.
    I hereby waive any right to inspect or approve any copy that is used in connection with the competition. Paint Ontario hereby agrees that any proceeds derived from the sale, publication or use of the artwork(s) shall become the property of Paint Ontario and the Grand Bend Art Centre.
  10. Entering this competition automatically constitutes your acceptance of all published rules and these terms and conditions. Further; Paint Ontario and Lambton Heritage Museum shall not be responsible for loss of or damage to any artwork, no matter what the cause.
  11. Fees and Commissions: 
    1. The entry fee for entering online is $25 and includes the first work entered. The second and third pieces are $10 each.
      Fees are non-refundable.
      Not entering online is more expensive. The cost for not entering online will be provided when we are contacted.
    2. A sales commission of 35% is payable to Paint Ontario. See 7 above.
  12. The Places of Ontario Category
      1. The majority of the paintings are submitted in this category. Entries default to this category. If submitting a Faces of Ontario portrait see 13.
      2. Animal paintings done in a Portrait style without an Ontario setting or context will not be accepted.
  13. The Faces of Ontario Category
      1. Entry to this category must be by digital image upload and paid for online.
      2. You must select this category when entering online or it defaults to the Places of Ontario category. To enter this category choose it when completing the online entry form for each artwork entered.
      3. You must have the permission of the person you have painted. Please do not submit your work unless you have confirmed this and can demonstrate it to us if asked.

Important Dates

Note: where times are shown they are subject to change.

March 14, Sunday
Online entry begins. Ends April 9
Registration for workshops begins (information will be posted later).

March 26, Friday
Physical intake for jurying – Artwork where an image was not uploaded. Ends April 11

April 9, Friday at 6 pm
Last day for online entry. Artwork entered without uploaded images can still be delivered to the museum until 4 pm April 11.

April 11, Sunday at 4pm
Last day for intake, at the Museum, of artwork entered on line without image upload. The museum closes at 5 pm. Artwork reception closes at 4 pm.

April 18, Sunday
Last day for the Paint Ontario Team to contact artists about acceptance. Artists who entered will be advised by email when acceptance information is posted online.

April 19 to April 26 at 4 pm
Accepted artwork entered online with digital image upload can be delivered to the museum.
Artwork delivered to the museum for jurying and not accepted can be picked up at the museum.

April 26, Monday at 4 pm
Last day to deliver artwork that was accepted from digital images uploaded.

May 5, Wednesday
Artists who have won awards will be advised.

May 7, Friday
SHOW OPENING GALA Awards presentation at 7 pm.

May 7 to May 30
The Show and Sale is open on museum regular days and times.

May 30, Sunday
Show closes at 5 pm. Artwork and cheques can be picked up.

May 30 to June 13
Artwork and cheques can be picked up at museum on museum regular days and times.

June 13, Sunday
Last day to pick up art unless other arrangements have been made with Teresa at 519-238-1155. Art with prepaid shipping will be sent this week.

June 13, Sunday
Remaining cheques will be mailed.

Update Your Artist’s Bio

Many visitors and potential purchasers at the show ask for information about artists. The Art Centre staff maintain a binder with this information, however it is up to each artist to maintain an updated biography. It can be as plain or fancy as you like but no hand written pages please. An 8.5″x11″ hard copy can be dropped off when you deliver your artwork or emailed to mail@gbartcentre.com

Now go to How to Complete the Entry Form