ANYTHING’S POSSIBLE:  2018 Amateur Photo Contest
Deadline to Enter: Sat Dec 9, 2017, 5pm (see below for 2019 photo contest)

Enter your best 8”X10” sized prints ONLY (no frame or mat) in the categories of: Parts and Pieces, Insects and Animals, Rain or Shine. There is NO limit on the number of entries. As part of your entry fee your photo will be professionally matted. All photos entered will be displayed in the show in January. With three prizes in each category, plus a People’s Choice Award, its certain to delight and prove that Anything IS Possible!

Generously sponsored by: Speedprint & Framing by Anna.
KEEP CALM & COLOUR ON: group exhibit
Deadline to Enter: Sat Dec 23, 5pm
Colouring isn’t just for kids! Recent trends and research show that colouring can help to alleviate stress, promote wellness, calmness and focus while stimulating brain areas related to motor skills, senses and creativity. So put down your pen and highlighter, leave work aside and pick up a crayon or marker; enter your fav coloured page or entire colouring book! This is an all ages show. 
Zip Code 11x17
Deadline to Enter: Sat Jan 13, 5pm
Zip Code is an exhibit of selected works from the region by guest curator Douglas Bedard (DKN Blues.) The exhibit’s focus is to bring togther a collection of efficacious works in a variety of mediums and subject matter throughout artist’s careers.
BUILD: an exhibition built by you
Deadline to Enter: Sat Jan 27, 4pm
This is an exhibition where creativity comes together, literally! We all grew up playing with toy building blocks and model sets and today they are bigger than ever. from kids to adults everyone still enjoys building. Enter your favorite BUILD today! Lego, Magformers, Mega Bloks, K’Nex, Constructs, Lincoln Logs, Lite Brix, Meccano, Erector Sets, Scale Models, Popsicle Sticks…
WFCU CREDIT UNION:  painting competition + exhibit
Deadline to Enter: Sat Feb 10, 5pm
The WFCU Credit Union Painting Competition + Exhibit is an incredible opportunity for emerging, mid-career and established artists to present their most accomplished works at the LAC for a chance to win cash prizes. The exhibit’s focus is highlight and celebrate the arts in our region and to offer financial support and an audience for artists.
BREAKING BARRIERS: group exhibit
Deadline to Enter: Sat Feb 24, 5pm
The Breaking Barriers exhibition’s focus is to create an understanding of lived experiences. The exhibition seeks to highlight resilience and resourcefulness in coping with barriers. A barrier can be anything that one must overcome to reach a goal, even if the goal is simply to survive. Breaking Barriers is an exhibition for creative expression that empowers, builds awareness, and facilitates partnerships and collaborations.  
Sponsored by: Art Indeed & Aleksander Estate Winery.
JSAS Flyer 2017 8x11
Deadline to Enter: Sat Mar 31, 5pm
The LAC presents the 20th Annual Juried Student Art Show featuring works by Secondary Students from across Essex County. Categories include: Acrylic Painting, Oil Painting, Drawing, Sculpture, Mixed Media, Photography, Digital Media and Film.
$1200 IN CASH PRIZES will be awarded in EACH Category with a People’s Choice Award at the end of the month. Also, as a part of this event, a $100 “Future Artist” Award will be granted to the graduating student who showcases the most artistic potential.
Sponsored by: Rotary Club of Leamington & the Kiwanis Club
POINT PELEE 100 STUDENT ART SHOW: Point Pelee National Park
Deadline to Enter:
In celebration of Point Pelee National Park’s 100th anniversary in 2018, Point Pelee Citizen Advisory Commitee invites students to participate in the Point Pelee 100 Student Art Show. Join the park as it celebrates the rich natural and cultural heritage that makes it so unique and looks to shaping the spirit of community and conservation in the future.
All artwork MUST be in the following categories and themes:
Grades 1-4: Conservation
Grades 5-8: Community
Grades: 9-12: Looking to the Future
This exhibition is open to ALL Elementary and Secondary students in Essex & Kent County. ONLY DRAWING media (coloured pencil, wax crayon, graphite, charcoal, pen & ink, pastel, etc) will be accepted and they MUST be on 11×17” paper. A maximum of 6 entries per school will be accepted. ALL artwork MUST be in the exhibit themes listed below according to the grade level.
Deadline to Enter:
Artists, this is your chance to clear out that packed studio to make room for new work! Do you have old artwork that has been around for years, work that your are tired of shuffling around to make space in your studio? Don’t hold on to it any longer… the spring studio clear out exhibit has low entry fees so you can enter a lot work and get back that studio space you need!
Flock Fest Poster RECEPTION & TALK
Nesting: Leamington Flock Fest
Deadline to Enter: Sat Apr 28, 5pm
The Leamington Flock Fest is an annual arts event which brings the community together to embrace the arts. The Flock Fest is an exhibition of work representing the journey of creative exploration, connecting and soring past our personal limits. It is an exhibit of new, inspirational and stimulating artwork that highlights artist’s feats and flights through the thrills of personal and spiritutal migration and growth. The theme of this year’s exhibit is “Nesting.” Artists may be inspired by an actual nest but artists are also free to share personal, mental, or spiritual inspirations and ideas that are representational for them of nesting.
Eligibility: This exhibition is open to all amateur and professional artists. All mediums are accepted: photography, painting, sculpture, printmaking, drawing, mixed media, digital, fashion, graphic arts, literature, pottery, etc…
U18: 2018 SEAA/LAC Members Show & Sale
Deadline to Enter: Sat May 26, 5pm
The 2018 annual members show and sale celebrates the strength, vitality, creativity and wealth of talent found within the Leamington Arts Centre (LAC)/ South Essex Arts Association (SEAA). Each year, the diverse and outstanding works by our members creates an exciting and engaging exhibition whereby artists are able to showcase, share and sell their work.
The exhibition creates a platform for artists to network with peers to develop their skills and experiences.
Deadline to Enter: Thurs Sept 27, 4pm

Introducing Leamington’s first night market – Art in the Parkette. Local artists and artisans come together under the stars for one night only! Hosted in conjunction with Culture Days, the LAC, the Uptown BIA, The Bank Theatre and the Municipality of Leamington enjoy live & local art and music off of Leamington’s newly revitalized Mill St. or join us in the LAC gallery for local wine, food, and art.

FAR OUT SHOW: group show
Deadline to Enter: Sat Oct 27, 5pm
This exhibition’s focus is to highlight and showcase those offbeat, avant-guard, radical and/or extreme works of art that make us all think outside the box and push the limits of expressionism in contemporary art.
Deadline to Enter: Sat Nov 17, 4pm

Presented by the LAC and the Municipality of Leamington in partnership with the Uptown Leamington BIA, the Leamington Chamber of Commerce, and the Bank Theatre. Leamington shines with bright lights at it’s first winter’s night Holiday Market on Saturday, November 24 from 3:00 PM to 9:00 PM in the courtyard at the Leamington Municipal Building. Hosted alongside the wildly successful Christmas parade, join us for an evening of local music, makers, and holiday cheer! Get a head start on your holiday shopping by browsing a wide variety of handmade and local arts and crafts! Free Admission! Everyone welcome!

Deadline to Enter: Sat Nov 17, 4pm
The LAC presents its annual indoor Christmas Arts & Crafts show. Featuring artists and artisans in a variety of mediums; photography, painting, jewelry, literary arts, crafts and more… This beautiful month long “gift shop” style exhibition has many great deals so come enjoy the works in a warm Christmas setting.
8×10: 2019 Amateur Photography Contest
Deadline to Enter: Fri Dec 14, 4pm
Drop off your best 8×10″ printed photos in the categories of: Wildlife, Smartphone Photography, Buildings. Prizes in each category! No limit on the number of entries. $10 for members/$12 non-members per photo. As part of your entry fee, your photo will be professionally matted and displayed in the LAC gallery for the month of January, then it will be returned to you to keep after the show. Generously Sponsored by Framing by ANNA & SPEEDPRINT

Solo Exhibition Submissions

The LAC is a 10,000 sqaure foot state of the art facility. Our 4 large galleries offer 400 linear feet of continuous wall space and 3000 sq/ft of floor space for a perfect setting for exhibitions and many other community based events and receptions. Our building situated in the heart of downtown Leamington at 72 Talbot Street West offers three floors of galleries, meeting rooms, workshop and studio space, plus, its fully accessible!

LAC Forms:

Ontario Arts Council Exhibition Assistance
Program for: Individuals
Purpose: The program provides grants of $500 to $1,500 to assist individual artists with costs related to presenting their work in an exhibition.
Grant decisions are made through third-party recommenders (public art galleries, artist-run centres and arts service organizations) throughout the province. Artists must apply directly to a recommender located in the zone in which they live. Approved applications are forwarded to OAC by the recommender once the decision to award a grant has been made.
Eligibility: This program is open to Ontario-based professional visual artists, craft artists and media artists who have a confirmed, upcoming public exhibition. Exhibitions in Ontario, in other Canadian provinces and in international locations are all eligible.
Deadline: Recommenders establish their own application deadlines for Exhibition Assistance, or may decide to accept applications on an ongoing basis. Please refer to Recommender Deadlines and Contacts (below) for further information.