The City of Fort Saskatchewan wants to show off its people's talent. 

They're looking for public submissions as part of the Art in Public Places program. 

"It's a great program to get community art into the eyes of the community," explained Shell Theatre supervisor Josh Gennings. 

City council approved a budget to purchase up to two pieces of art to put on public display. One from an adult visual artist in the community, and another from a student artist. 

The work will be displayed in various city facilities for public enjoyment.  

"It's a great way to foster the creativity in our community for sure," he said. "We usually do get a fair amount of submissions, and that's so great. That means the visual arts is thriving in our community." 

Artists can take several different avenues with their submissions, including sculptures, mixed media and photography; Gennings says there is no limit to the medium used. 

The deadline to submit artwork is Apr.1. Artwork must be original and created within the last three years. 

A selection committee for the Art in Public Places program, made up of mayor, the culture services director, and up to three members of the local arts community, will judge submissions based on the following criteria: 

  • The artist fosters art and culture in the Fort Saskatchewan community. 
  •  The artwork will be of lasting value and artistic merit and enhance the City of Fort Saskatchewan's Art in Public Places program collection.  
  • The artwork will be primarily chosen based on the artistic integrity and the quality of the aesthetic experience it offers. 

Selected artworks and the artists who created them will be unveiled at the Alberta Lottery Fund Art Gallery prior to a show at the Shell Theatre. 

Details and how to submit your work can be found here.