culture

2020

NIAGARA FALLS NIGHT OF ART

Poster that states Niagara Falls Night of Art Call for Artists

 Proposals are due Sunday, August 2, 2020

The City of Niagara Falls is proud to host the 9th annual Niagara Falls Night(s) of Art-Queen Street Edition! This year things will need to be a bit different, including the location. We are very excited to be partnering with the Queen Street BIA to bring art to the Queen Street Promenade (Buckley to St-Lawrence, St Lawrence to Chrysler). The event will run for four days (and three nights) with overnight security for pieces provided by the City.

What Are We Looking For?

Installation Artists – Take a look at the Call Out below for more details of how to apply. Proposals are due Sunday, August 2, 2020.

Download the call out 

Note for performance artists and artists/artisans looking to sell their work unfortunately due to the constraints of social distancing and the very different nature of this year’s event, we are unable to accept applications for performance artists and artists/artisans looking to sell their artwork.

Questions? Send us an email at [email protected]

The 2020 City of Niagara Falls Annual Art Show & Competition

Call to Artists! The City of Niagara Falls Annual Art Show & Competition will take place in an online gallery during the month of August. The exhibit will be shared again during the Niagara Falls Night of Art September 17, 2020.

The exhibition will NOT be open to the public this year. The exhibition will be viewable online on the Niagara Falls Art Competition Facebook Page starting the beginning of August. Voting for this years’ People’s Choice Award will be based on ‘likes’ via the Facebook Page between August 1st and August 26th.

A public video Awards Presentation will take place at the end of the competition, on August 26th at 4pm.

*New category- Digital Art. 

Description of Digital Art: 

Digital art is any form of art that is produced or manipulated through digital medium (ie. softwares, graphic, renders). This includes images done completely on computer or hand-drawn images scanned into a computer and finished using a software program. Digital art can also involve animation and 3D virtual sculpture renderings as well as projects that involve manipulation of video images.

Awards Presentation

The Awards ceremony will be held online, on August 26th at 4pm. Cash prizes of $400 per category will be awarded for the top artworks in any medium [painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, digital art, etc.]. 

  • Judge's Choice
  • Mayor's Choice
  • People's Choice
  • Digital Art

The winners of the Mayor’s Choice and the People’s Choice categories will have their names engraved on the trophy. All winners will receive an engraved plaque. 

Terms and Conditions of Entry

  • There is no fee to enter. 
  • The competition is open to all Niagara Falls residents and students over the age of 18.
  • Each artist may submit one (1) work of art to the contest.
  • Artwork must be original and cannot have been entered in this competition previously.
  • Images of the art must be uploaded with the registration/application form.
  • Winner’s artwork may be requested to be on display at City Hall for the month of September.
  • The City of Niagara Falls assures that reasonable care will be taken in the handling of all artwork, but does not accept responsibility for loss or damage.
  • Artists will permit the use of artwork imagery for social media, Niagara Falls Night of Art or promotional purposes for this competition only.
  • Winners’ names and photos may be published in the local media.

How to Enter

Traditional Art [paintings, sculpture, photography, fiber etc.]

  • Must fill out an entry form.
  • Artists must upload 3 jpegs of their work that will be posted on the Art Show & Competition Facebook page.  These 3 photos will be:
  1. Straight on image, centred in the picture frame but not cropped in any way 
  2. Detail of the work 
  3. Image of Artist and artwork together (holding or posing beside)
  • Artwork must be labelled with artists’ last name-first initial-plus 1, 2, or 3
  • No larger than 2MB

Digital Art [digital imagery, sculpture, animation, video]

*see description above

  • Must fill out an entry form.
  • Can be any form of original Digital Art – must be shorter than 30 seconds in duration if video work.
  • Must permit work to be projected or presented throughout the competition, the Awards Presentation, and at the Niagara Falls Night of Art on September 17th 2020.

Digital Imagery:

  • Artists must upload 3 jpegs of their work that will be posted on the Art Show & Competition Facebook page.  These photos will be:
  1. Digital Image
  2. Detail of the work 
  3. Image of Artist and artwork together (holding or posing beside computer)
  • Artwork must be labelled with artists’ last name-first initial-plus 1, 2, or 3
  • No larger than 2MB

Video Art:

  • Video artwork must be entered into the application with a YouTube or Vimeo link only. No Facebook or Instagram links.
  • Video work to be no longer than 30 seconds.

Important Dates:

All art must be uploaded through the registration form by July 27, 2020 4pm. 

Presented by:

The Annual Art Show & Competition is presented by the Niagara Falls Culture Committee.

For more information contact:
Kim Van Stygeren, Cultural Program Assistant
City of Niagara Falls 
[email protected]     
905-356-7521 x5911