Autumn Art Sale 2014 – Application Information

Key Dates

Application Deadline:

May 31, 2014

Artwork Delivery & Setup:

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Sale Dates:

Friday, October 24 through Sunday, October 26, 2014


  • The McMichael Autumn Art Sale is open to all living Canadian Fine Artists and Sculptors.
  • Artists must be Canadian citizens or landed immigrants.


  1. For the purpose of this show, acceptable fine art media includes all recognized paints, instruments for drawing, materials to create textural effects or any mixture of the above, excluding photography.
  2. This show accepts original artwork only. Works which have already been reproduced to create products for sale should not be submitted. Original works that have been reproduced will not be accepted.
  3. Entries must not be copies, derivatives, or based in any way on other copyrighted or published paintings, photographs or other artistic work.
  4. Original artist hand-pulled prints must be in editions of 50 or less.
  5. Artwork must be in impeccable condition and priced accordingly. Works must be appropriately framed and wired for hanging (oil and acrylic paintings on deep gallery style canvas with the painting wrapping the sides do not require framing). The Art Sale Chair will disqualify works which are misrepresented by the photos used in the selection process, or works which are not original, inappropriately framed or in poor condition.
  6. Minimum price for works is $100.
  7. Artists will be allotted a panel six feet (horizontal) by seven feet (vertical).
  8. Sculptors will receive a six foot by six foot display area in which to display three-dimensional work that is mounted on a stable base. Tables are available, but you must supply your own pedestal if desired.
  9. Artists are expected to be in attendance all weekend long. If you are not able to be present for the show, please do not apply.


  1. Application Fee: $25 (non-refundable). The $25 application fee may be paid online ($26), or a cheque (payable to “The McMichael Volunteer Committee” to the attention of the Art Sale Chair) may be mailed to the McMichael at the address listed below. Please DO NOT SEND CASH in the mail. Application fees must be received by the Application Deadline of May 31, 2013.
  2. Placement/Booth Fee of $150: Accepted artists must submit payment upon notification (either online, or cheque).

Application Requirements

  1. Application Form:The Application form is available online. Printed applications are available as backups, however it is requested that the online version is attempted first (this reduces the data entry required and reduces the chance of errors).
  2. Digital Images: – Five (5) digital images of paintings/sculptures indicative of the works you would bring to the sale. The images may be uploaded as part of the online application, or copied to a CD/DVD and mailed to the address listed below. Please see “How to Submit your work for Jurying” below for details.
  3. Application Fee: $25 (non-refundable). See above for payment options. Application fees must be received by the Application Deadline of May 31, 20143.

How to submit your work for jurying

Digital images are viewed by the selection committee using a computer, so your images must be large enough to be viewed properly. Photographs or printed images are not acceptable for our jurying process. No slides please.

Good quality images are paramount…they must be current and visually attractive, reflecting the excellence of your work. If you don’t have access to a digital camera (or a friend with one), get professional images taken – spend the money – it’s very difficult to get into a top show without excellent quality images.

Each of the five (5) image must be:

  1. A 72 dpi jpg (this is the normal or standard resolution for digital cameras).
  2. Colour mode must be RGB or SRGB (not CMYK) – this should be the normal or default.
  3. Images should measure between 1024 and 2600 pixels on their longest side (i.e., taken with a digital camera between 2 megapixels and 5 megapixels on their best setting). Images smaller than this will not have sufficient clarity, and images much larger will unnecessarily clog up our storage space. Images should not exceed 2 megabytes in size. ONLY images 2 MB or less can be uploaded via the online application.
  4. If you don’t upload your images as part of the online application, they should be sent on a single standard-sized (4 5/8” diameter) PC compatible CD / DVD (or MAC files that are fully PC compatible). The CD / DVD must be clearly marked with your name, and sent in a cover which will withstand mailing.
  5. Please name your files with your surname, first initial, and the nunmbers 1 to 5 (i.e., if your name is Tom Thomson, your filesnames would be ThomsonT1.jpg, ThomsonT2.jpg, ThomsonT3.jpg, ThomsonT4.jpg,and ThomsonT5.jpg.
  6. DO NOT compress the files using ZIP, Stuffit or any other compression software. We may not be able to open it.

Selection Process

  1. All submitted works will be juried by a selection committee comprised of such qualified people as gallery staff, retail professionals, art collectors, artists, and others with a strong background in art.
  2. A total of 39 places are available for the top selected artists, (35 artists and 4 sculptors).
  3. Our top sculptor and ten of our most successful artists from the previous year’s sale will automatically be invited back, for a total of 50 participants.
  4. In 2013, the committee received over 240 applications from Canadian artists wishing to participate in this event.
  5. Artists who have shown in previous years are welcome to re-apply. It is suggested that your new and current works be shown, as opposed to those from previous years.
  6. Decisions will be based on jurying of digital images submitted. The selection committee’s decision is final.
  7. Applicants will be notified by mail early in July 2014.
  8. The Volunteer Committee of the McMichael Canadian Art Collection reserves the right to use submitted photographed work for publicity (promotional brochure and web site) and reference purposes.


Artist or their representatives are required to be in attendance for the duration of the show. The McMichael Canadian Art Collection and the McMichael Volunteer Committee are not responsible for any damaged or stolen works.

Waiver of Responsibility

Applicants must read and signify their acceptance of the gallery waiver below by clicking the appropriate box on the online application, or signing the printed application.

If accepted, I accept full responsibility for the delivery, placement and removal of my art from the McMichael Canadian Art Collection on October 23 (delivery/set-up), 24, 25, & 26, 2014. I hereby agree to indemnify and hold harmless The McMichael Canadian Art Collection, its employees or its volunteers from any loss or damage of property.

Financial Arrangements

This is a fundraising event. Volunteers and participating Artists share profits and credit card expenses such that 65% goes to the Artist and 35% to the Volunteer Committee.

Pricing your works

Pricing your works is never easy – it depends on your skill, experience, and media.
To give a rough comparison, we calculate the Cost Per Square Inch (CPSI) of the works that sold at the 2013 sale.

Cost per Square Inch (CPSI):

  • Approximately 78% of Sales (both in number sold and price) were priced at a CPSI of $3 or less.


  • Approximately 73% of works sold
    were priced at $500 or less.
  • Approximately 92% of works sold
    were priced at $1,000 or less.
  • Approximately 63% of total sales
    were from works priced at $1,000 or less
2013-SalesCPSI-graphs 2013-SalesbyPriceGraphs

Click the graph images to see the full sized graphs


Contact Information / Delivery Address

McMichael Volunteer Committee

Attention: Art Sale Chair

c/o McMichael Canadian Art Collection,
10365 Islington Avenue,
Kleinburg, Ontario L0J 1C0
905-893-1121 ext. 2269

toll free 1-888-213-1121 ext. 2269 or


The Application Deadline is Tuesday, May 31, 2014