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FCA Toronto: 2022 Spring Thaw

Celebrate the return of spring with FCA Toronto as it launches its first live exhibition of 2022.  We are hosting this month-long show at the new Art of Emotions Gallery in Toronto, March 16 to April 17, 2022. It will be accompanied by an online exhibition hosted by FCA Toronto on its website and the gallery website. ***Important note*** Should Toronto galleries remain closed due to provincial COVID restrictions, the exhibition will be hosted online only. 
Our "Spring Thaw" show will be a juried exhibition and sale of original artwork by FCA Toronto artists who are Active or Signature Status members of the national FCA. Artworks accepted into this exhibition will be eligible for FCA signature points.
Cash prizes will be awarded to winning entries as follows: 1st place $500, 2nd Place $250, and 3rd Place $100
To be eligible to submit an entry, artists must be members in good standing of the national FCA with Active or Signature status and they must also be affiliated with the Toronto chapter. 
All styles and subject matter are acceptable.  
The media acceptable for this exhibition include acrylic, encaustics, graphite, ink, mixed media, oil, pastel, pencil, water media and hand-pulled prints in runs of up to 200. When submitting their entries, artists should indicate the framed dimensions of their artwork and the support they used, as well as the medium, e.g., acrylic on canvas, oil on linen, etc.
Artworks may be no larger than 48″ tall or 48″ wide framed.
All artworks accepted into the exhibition must be for sale, be ready to hang, and be kept available for the duration of the show.  If the artwork in the exhibition is sold at the Art of Emotions gallery or through the exposure FCA Toronto has provided online on its website and social media platforms, then the Artist is obliged to pay FCA Toronto a 35% sales commission on the advertised price within 30 days of receiving payment from the buyer.  Full details about the exhibition with terms and conditions can be found on our website,  
Every artwork submitted must comply with the Federation of Canadian Artists’ standard set of terms and conditions. 
As a reminder:
  • Your submission must be originally conceived: your own concept, your own reference, your own drawing or your own painting created solely by yourself. 
  • Copyright infringement of any kind is unacceptable. It is unethical and against FCA policy for artists to submit work created from another person’s drawing, painting, photograph or other artwork that is not solely their own.
  • The FCA does not allow direct copies of stock images, historic photos, or of any reference for which you do not hold total copyright. Purchased reference material that transfers copyright to the artist is unacceptable.
  • Artworks created in an instructional setting, including but not limited to workshops and art classes, are not considered original artwork.
  • Digital apps and programs may be used for cropping your reference photos, etc., but no digital, mechanical, photo, or other transferring to the substrate of any kind is acceptable. You must draw and/or paint the image on your substrate yourself.

FCA Guidelines:

To enter this exhibition, you must be an Active or Signature member in good standing with the Federation of Canadian Artists in Vancouver and the hosting Chapter for 2022. Renew your Federation Membership at, call 604-681-2740 or email Membership renewals for your Chapter must go through your Chapter directly. Supporting members are not permitted to enter Chapter exhibitions.


Artwork that wins an award in any FCA exhibition may not be entered into any other Federation exhibition, except when the first exhibition was a Chapter exhibition and the following exhibition is a National Open Exhibition or an exhibition held at the Federation Gallery. 


If you have already successfully submitted artwork to an exhibition hosted by this Chapter, (the piece was included in some capacity, either live at a venue or in an online gallery), you cannot submit the same piece to a different exhibition hosted by the same Chapter, again.


Copyright and Standards


The following excerpt is taken from the Federation Policy Manual:

"7.1.5 While using photos as a reference for painting is a long-held accepted practice, making substantive use of stock imagery or photos taken by professional photographers is not permissible, even with their permission. Photographs by professional photographers are considered artworks in and of themselves. Reference photos must be taken by the artist themselves or provided to them by an amateur photographer with their express consent. Stock images may only be referred to for anatomical study and must be incidental to the completed artwork to be permissible".


While an artist may have paid a licensing fee or retrieved explicit written permission that places them on the right side of copyright laws, Federation Standards do not permit the use of stock photography or reference material from another artist - even with permission or paid licensing. 


Federation Standards are different than copyright laws, submitting artists must adhere to both to avoid being removed from the exhibition - if in doubt about the source material of your artwork - do not submit it.


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Please watch the tutorial video here if you need assistance with your digital upload. Do not leave submitting until the last minute. We recommend submitting as early as possible, artists submitting at the last minute will not be able to receive the assistance they need. All entry fees are non-refundable.


Chapter Show Submissions are subject to the general Federation of Canadian Artists Submission Requirements, found in the policy manual.
Cost to Submit:
Entry Cost: CAN$15.00
First item included with Entry Cost
Items 2-5: CAN$15.00 per item
Maximum Items:
Submission Dates:
Submission deadline has passed! (Feb 1 2022 11:59 pm PST)
You cannot currently make an online submission.