Nanaimo Fine Art Show: Sub Call

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Call for Submission

Open to an Active, AFCA or SFCA member in good standing with the Federation of Canadian Artists in Vancouver and be in good standing with one of the following FCA Chapters: Nanaimo, Arrowsmith, or Victoria.



Sponsored by Nanaimo Chapter of FCA


The Nanaimo Chapter of the Federation of Canadian Artists is pleased to present the 3rd annual Nanaimo Fine Art Show at the Vancouver Island Conference Center. This juried show celebrates the vitality and quality of visual art in our community and aims to become a premier annual event offering excellent exposure for all forms of accepted FCA media.

The Nanaimo Fine Art Show runs from November 1st to 4th, 2018, exhibiting in the fabulous Dodd Narrows Full Room of the Vancouver Island Conference Centre. An Opening Gala and Award Ceremony, where the cash prize awards will be presented, will be held on Thursday night November 1st at 7 PM. This event is by invitation only.

The jurors will select a First-place prize, with an award of $1000; a Second-place prize, awarded $750, and a Third-place prize awarded $500. The jurors will also select non-cash awards for Honorable Mentions. Finally, a People’s Choice Award will be conferred upon the show closing.

This year’s jurors are Donna Baspaly, SFCA, Sherry Mitchell, SFCA, and Eunmi Conacher, AFCA. The show includes a separate Signature Member showcase for the jurors and qualified local Chapter Members. A “Meet The Artist Night” will be held on Saturday, November 3rd, from 7-9 PM, and this event will include a silent auction. Paintings gaining acceptance by jurors must be dropped off at the venue on November 1st between 8 AM – 12 noon. The exhibition will accept entries from all Federation chapters on Vancouver Island and surrounding islands.

Entry Guidelines

To enter this exhibition, you must be an Active member in good standing with the Federation of Canadian Artists in Vancouver and be in good standing with one of the following FCA Chapters: Nanaimo, Arrowsmith, or Victoria. Refer to the renewal links at the end of this document to renew your membership. Artists who are successful at jury, but have not renewed their memberships will be removed from the exhibition.

Once a piece has been accepted into the juried show, it cannot be sold and/or withdrawn before the show.

Entry sizes are restricted to 36 inches wide without a frame. Height can be greater than 36 inches, but please remember that paintings are being displayed on easels.

You will need a usernAMe and password to login. If you need assistance resetting this information please contact Alyssa Giddings at the Vancouver office via or by calling 604-681-2744.

Please watch the tutorial video here if you need assistance with your digital upload.

Chapter Show Submissions are subject to general Federation of Canadian Artists Submission Requirements, found in the policy manual.

After jurying, submissions will fall into one of three categories:

  1. Qualifying and count towards Signature Status points with the FCA
  2. Non-Qualifying – artworks that are non-qualifying have not scored high enough to be eligible for points towards your Signature Status but may still display as part of this Chapter exhibition. This category for display is available for Nanaimo FCA Members only.
  3. Non-qualifying artworks that are declined for display.

Artists are encouraged to submit their most recent artwork. You may submit artworks that have been previously submitted or accepted to the Federation Gallery in Vancouver, or any FCA Chapter show except Nanaimo.

Chapter Show Submissions are subject to general Federation of Canadian Artists Submission Requirements, found in the FCA policy manual. All works submitted must be for sale. If a work is purchased by someone during the show that is unable to pickup after the show. Pieces will be taken down and given to buyers during the show.

Artists entering the show agree that photographs of their paintings can be used for future advertisement of this show by the Nanaimo Chapter on website, print material and social media.

Entry Fees (up to 3 entries)

Entry Rates

  • $25.00 CAN for the first entry.
  • $10.00 CAN per entry, up to two entries thereafter.

Hanging Fees for accepted pieces:

  • $10.00 CAN per accepted entry to be paid after pieces have been accepted into the show. Paid by credit card through a Square invoice sent to you from the Nanaimo FCA Treasurer to the email used during registration. Expect invoices mid-late September.



Important Dates in 2018


  • May 31st  – Submission Opens
  • August 31st – Submission closes at midnight.


  • Thursday, November 1st, 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM (Noon) – Drop off at Dodds Narrows Room, at the Vancouver Island Conference Center (ground floor). All work must be hand delivered; shipped deliveries are not permissible.

Events and Show Times:

  • Thursday, November 1st Gala reception by invitation only 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM with a sneak preview for prior buyers and sponsors starting at 6:00 PM
  • Saturday, November 3rd, Show hours are 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM
  • Sunday, November 4th, Show hours are 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
  • Silent auction starts Nov. 3rd at 9:00 AM and closes at 7:30 PM.
  • Meet the Artist Nov. 3rd at 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM



  • November 4th between 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM – Pick up paintings (Uncollected works left after 5:00 PM at owner’s risk. Contact the show chair Josée Duffhues for related costs and storage charges. 

FCA Online Submission Details


The FCA online submission system has been set up for ‘Nanaimo Fine Art Show’. The link below has been set up to take you to the submission site. Note than you need a User ID and Password. If you do not have these, please contact the FCA Administrator to obtain one:

Remember to select a number of items from the dropdown menu on the following page before proceeding to payment. If you do not do so, you will be charged but the system will not know to create an empty slot to upload to. Please read the information provided on the submission pages carefully to avoid errors.




You cannot edit or add to your number of entries once you have started your submission.

Chapter Show Submissions are subject to general Federation of Canadian Artists Submission Requirements, found in the policy manual.



Membership Renewal Links

FCA Vancouver:





Open Call: Annual International Mail-In Art Exhibition

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For professional artists the rising cost of shipping has become an inhibiter that restricts one’s participation in international exhibitions, exposure and competitions.

The Federation of Canadian Artists has made an exhibition that significantly reduces these costs. We present an entire show of artwork delivered in envelopes. This is our international exhibition with low shipping costs, and big cash prizes!

All artwork must be 8” x 10”, mailed to the gallery, and we frame the works uniformly upon arrival.




First Place (1st) $1,000
Second Place (2nd) $500
Third Place (3rd) $300
Honourable Mention $100
Honourable Mention $100

Open Call Deadline: Sept 8th for AIRS, The Annual International Representational Show

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Click here to submit


Open International Call, Juried Exhibition with Cash Prize Awards, Qualifying Exhibition for Signature Status

An open call to artists worldwide. A.I.R.S is a juried exhibition of representational and semi-representational original paintings, prints and drawings. Exhibition Dates: October 10 – 29, 2017. Deadline to submit is Sept 8th, before 11:59 PM.


Award Prize
Grand First Place Prize $2,000 CA
Best Figurative / Portrait Award $300 CA
Best Landscape / Urbanscape Award $300 CA
Best Still Life Award $300 CA

Call for Submission – ‘NANAIMO FINE ART SHOW’ – 2016

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Sponsored by Nanaimo Chapter of FCA

The” Nanaimo Fine Art Show” will illustrate and celebrate the vitality and high quality of visual art in our community. This juried show sets out to become a premier annual event and it is expected to offer excellent exposure from all forms of accepted FCA media.

It will be held in the beautiful River Room in the new and prestigious Vancouver Island Conference Centre, between June 3rd and 5th, 2016. A gala opening with local dignitaries, live music, refreshments and awards ceremony will be hosted on June 3rd from 7 PM. This event is ‘By Invitation Only’. 

A First prize of $1000 will be presented; a Second prize of $750 and a Third prize of $500 from the jurors’ selection. 

Art Avenue Magazine – Submission Guidelines

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Art Avenue is the Federation of Canadian Artists’ membership magazine, published six times per year. Included in the price of a membership, it features a variety of content including visual galleries of recent Federation exhibitions, upcoming submission and exhibtion information, articles from our membership on styles and technique, event dates and important FCA announcements, and regular features exploring artist studios and works. The editorial team is always on the lookout for new content, or suggestions for new features…

FCA Postcard Contest

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Exclusively for FCA members, this new online exhibition and competition opportunity challenges artists to create an engaging image on a 4″ x 6″ support.

Artists stand the chance to win cash prizes in addition to having their artwork featured on the official FCA postcards, available for sale from the Federation Gallery on Granville Island.

The idea for the contest came about as Helen Duckworth, the FCA Gallery Coordinator grappled for ideas for a third online exhibition and competition for the FCA:

“Online exhibitions are becoming an important service for our membership” she says. “Many of our members who don’t live in Vancouver feel that the cost of delivering artwork is preventing them from participating,” she empathises “…so it’s important for the FCA to utilise new technologies to improve upon our services to these members”.

Duckworth came across an old FCA postcard design in storage by Edward J.Loenen, a past member. “I found these beautiful postcards hidden in a box, I put them out and they really hit a chord with visitors and tourists” she says.

The subject matter isn’t restricted to views of the FCA gallery either, in fact the call is open to all subject matter.

To learn more about the exhibition guidelines, prizes and to get your submission in before April 30th, visit the submission page here.