Canada | The Salt Spring National Art Prize (SSNAP) : Offering $30,000 in Awards

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Two Months Remaining for Artist Submissions : Until May 31, 2017
The Salt Spring National Art Prize (SSNAP) : Offering $30,000 in Awards

Canadian artists and permanent residents of Canada are invited to submit their 2D and 3D work for consideration to this national art prize jury. In its second year, SSNAP is offering $30,000 in awards.

The intent of SSNAP is to encourage artists whose practice demonstrates originality, quality, integrity and creativity, resulting in significant work with visual impact and depth of meaning. Finalists will be chosen by an independent jury from across Canada and artists’ submissions will be anonymous to the jury.

Deadline for submissions; May 31, 2017

SSNAP Is Offering Awards Totaling $30,000:

THE JOAN McCONNELL AWARD for OUTSTANDING WORK: $17,000 ($12,000 and a $5,000 Salt Spring Island artists residency)

THE STEPHEN P ROBERTS JURORS’ CHOICE?AWARDS: three awards of $2,000 selected by each juror

THE ROSEMARIE BEHNCKE PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARDS: with a 1st Prize of $3,000, 2nd Prize of $2,000 and 3rd Prize of $1,000 determined by a vote of visitors to the exhibition


Approximately 50 final works will be selected for exhibition and sale at historic Mahon Hall on Salt Spring Island, from September 22 through to October 22, 2017. The list of finalists will be announced by July 19, with winners announced at the awards gala on Saturday, October 21, 2017.

Our accomplished jurors are David Garneau (Associate Professor of Visual Arts at the University of Regina), Denis Longchamps (Artistic Director and Chief Curator at the Art Gallery of Burlington), and Naomi Potter (Director/Curator of Esker Foundation Calgary). They all share a deep knowledge of Canadian art while bringing diverse areas of expertise and perspective on submissions to a national art show.

The call for submissions is open to May 31, 2017, with details found on our website at The Salt Spring National Art Prize.

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For more information about SSNAP, including artist submission and selection process, jury bios and event dates, please visit

This exciting endeavor is an initiative of the Salt Spring Arts Council, which represents the arts for Salt Spring Island, known as one of Canada’s premier arts communities.