Thursday, July 17, 2014

Okanagan Print Triennial (OPT)

Prospectus of the OPT 2015
Launched in 2009, the Okanagan Print Triennial (OPT) is an open juried print exhibition based on the international model for such projects established over the last forty years.
In the spirit of acknowledging and celebrating the vitality and variety of approaches and techniques in contemporary work in printmaking, the OPT aims to bring the very best in current printmaking practice to audiences in the Okanagan region of British Columbia.
The OPT is a collaborative project of the Vernon Public Art Gallery, the Kelowna Art Gallery, and the University of British Columbia Okanagan. The juried group exhibition alternates between the Kelowna and Vernon galleries, with the winner of each show being given a solo show at the alternate gallery concurrently with that year’s OPT show.
The exhibition dates of the OPT 2015 at the Vernon Public Art Gallery are March 19 to May 21. The solo show for OPT 2012’s exhibition prize winner is Mitch Mitchell: History of a First Failed Industry (working title), and will run at the Kelowna Art Gallery April 11 to June 28, 2015.
The Okanagan Print Triennial 2015 is open to all artists working in print media worldwide.
Original works in all traditional printmaking media (intaglio, relief, screen print, and lithography) are eligible. Digital and three-dimensional works are also eligible but must incorporate at least one traditional hand-pulled process. Purely photographic images and photomechanical reproductions made of existing works will not be considered.
There are no size restrictions but very large-scale works will only be considered based on the availability of gallery space and the costs of shipping and installation.
All work must have been produced after December 2011.
Work created under instruction (i.e., student work) is not eligible.

Works displayed in the OPT at the Vernon Public Art Gallery will not be identified as being for sale, however, if visitors inquire about purchasing work, their contact information will be forwarded to the artist.
Entry Procedure (phase one)
Artists may submit up to ten images in the form of digital files (768 x 1024 pixels at 72 dpi in tiff or jpeg format) by uploading them to the OPT 2015 website: Images must be clearly labeled with the artist’s name and be numbered to correspond with the entry form (attached). Please do not email your images to the Vernon Public Art Gallery.
An entry fee of $40.00 (Cdn) must accompany the entry form and visual documentation for any artist living outside of Canada. An entry fee payment can be made via PayPal at the OPT 2015 website: The deadline for the submission of signed and completed entry form, images and entry fee is October 2, 2014. Please do not send actual works of art for this first stage. All artists will be informed of their acceptance or not by November 2, 2014.
Submit and upload phase one entries to:
Please do not telephone the gallery regarding shipping or about jurying results.
Entry Procedure (phase two)
Artist’s prints accepted for phase two of the entry process must be received by the Vernon Public Art Gallery by December 12, 2014:
Vernon Public Art Gallery
31st Avenue
Vernon BC V1T 2H3 Canada
Submitted works must be the same pieces as shown in the images uploaded with the application for phase one. The OPT reserves the right to reject any works that do not correspond to these images. Artists will be informed of their acceptance or not by January 16,
2015. The OPT reserves the right to edit the number of works included in the show by each artist for reasons of space, logistics of the exhibition, etc.
Artists must attach the identification labels provided here to the back of each submitted work.
Works must be sent in strong reusable mailing tubes or other appropriate packaging and must be sent without mats or frames. The Vernon Public Art Gallery intends on using magnets to install the (unframed) prints for the exhibition.
All shipping and insurance coverage during transit will be borne by the artist/sender.
Return of Work
All works will be returned in the packaging in which they were received, either after phase-two jurying, or following the close of the exhibition. The OPT will cover the costs of returning works that were included in the exhibition.
Works will be insured and will be handled with the utmost care while on the premises of the Vernon Public Art Gallery, but the organizers/staff will not be held responsible for unforeseen damage, theft, or loss during shipping/transit.
A full-colour publication will be produced to accompany the exhibition, and the artists included in the exhibition will receive a complimentary copy of this catalogue.
The Okanagan Print Triennial (OPT) reserves the right to photograph and reproduce accepted works for purposes of publicity and for reproduction in the exhibition catalogue.
Okanagan Print Triennial 2015 Key Dates Phase One
October 2, 2014 November 2, 2014 Phase Two December 12, 2014 January 16, 2015
deadline for the receipt of signed and completed entry forms, images and entry fee
notification of artists by OPT of phase one jury results

deadline for receipt of submission of prints accepted into phase two of jurying process
notification of artists of phase two jury results

March 19, 2015 Thursday evening opening reception for the exhibition at the Vernon Public Art Gallery
May 21, 2015 OPT exhibition closes
All prints accepted into phase two as well as exhibited works will be returned to the artists within 60 days of the close of the exhibition.
The OPT jury will select one artist to have a solo exhibition at the Vernon Public Art Gallery during the fourth Okanagan Print Triennial (at the Kelowna Art Gallery) in the spring of 2018.
Vernon Public Art Gallery
The Vernon Public Art Gallery Society is committed to fostering the appreciation of the visual arts for all members of the community; therefore exhibits, collects and preserves regional, national and international art in all media in order to educate, inspire and encourage participation. Its mandate is to exhibit, collect and encourage local, regional, national and international art of the highest possible standards. VPAG provides a meeting place and a facility for the benefit of the citizens of the North Okanagan Regional District. For more information about the VPAG visit the website ( 

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