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Updated: May 11, 2020



The Nanaimo Chapter of the Federation of Canadian Artists (FCA) is pleased to present the 4th Annual Nanaimo Fine Art Show at the Vancouver Island Conference Centre. This juried show celebrates the vitality and quality of visual art in Nanaimo and on central Vancouver Island and has become a premier event, attracting both artists and art collectors.

The exhibition is open to FCA ‘Active’ status members from the Nanaimo, Arrowsmith, and Victoria Chapters. As with previous years, the show will also include a separate Signature Member showcase, exhibiting jurors’ work and that of signature-level Nanaimo Chapter members.

This year, the Nanaimo Chapter celebrates its 30th anniversary and anticipates exhibiting as many as 100 new artworks.

The show will run from Friday, November 1st, to Sunday, November 3rd, and will be held in the Conference Centre’s Dodd Narrows room. On the Friday evening, November 1st, at 7 PM, there will be a reception and awards ceremony. Show sponsors, collectors and the public can meet the artists during the Friday evening as well, and a Silent Auction will run all day Friday and Saturday, closing on Saturday at 5 PM.

This year’s jurors are Dene Croft, SFCA and president of the FCA; Leslie Gregory Morgan, SFCA; one more will be confirmed soon. The jurors will award a $500 first-place prize, a $300 second-place prize, and a $200 third-place prize, as well as one honorary award with a $50 value gift certificate from Iron Oxide.

The jurors will also determine three $50 Juror’s choice awards, with a $50 value gift certificate from Iron Oxide. Finally, a $300 People’s Choice (gift certificate from Iron Oxide) award will be chosen by the public.

Paintings accepted must be dropped off at the Conference Centre venue on October 31st, between 9 and 11 AM. You can use the entrance door located on Commercial Street for direct access to the room or use the underground parking.

Entry Guidelines

To enter this exhibition, you must be an Active, AFCA, or SFCA member in good standing with the FCA, Vancouver office, and be in good standing with one of the following FCA chapters: Nanaimo, Arrowsmith, or Victoria. Refer to the renewal links at the end of this document to renew your membership. Artists who are successful at jury, but have not renewed their memberships, will be removed from the exhibition.

Entry sizes are restricted to 40 inches wide without a frame. Height can be greater than 40 inches, but please remember that paintings are being displayed on easels. Please watch the submission tutorial video here if you need assistance with your digital upload. Show submissions are subject to general FCA Submission Requirements, found in the FCA’s policy manual, including wiring, finishing the sides and edges of paintings and having your work ready to hang.

After jurying, submissions will fall into one of two categories:

1. Qualifying - artworks that count towards Signature Status points with the FCA;

2. Non-qualifying artworks declined for display.

Artists are encouraged to submit their most recent artwork. You may submit artwork that has been previously submitted or accepted by the Federation Gallery in Vancouver, or any FCA Chapter show except Nanaimo. All submitted works must be for sale. If a work is purchased by someone during the show and they are unable to pick it up after the show, such works will be taken down and given to buyers during the show. However, all paintings must be in the room until the end of Friday afternoon, as jurying will take place during that afternoon. Artists entering the show agree that photographs of their paintings can be used for future advertisement of this show by the Nanaimo Chapter on its website, in print material and/or on social media.

Entry Fees (up to 3 entries)

- $25.00 CDN for the first entry.

- $10.00 CDN per entry, thereafter, to a maximum of 3 entries.

Hanging Fees (for accepted works)

$10.00 CDN per accepted entry to be paid after works have been accepted. Hanging fees are to be paid by credit card through a Square invoice sent to the email address used during registration. Expect invoices by mid-late September.

Important Dates in 2019


- April 1st - Submission Opens

- August 31st - Submission closes at midnight.


Thursday, October 31st , 9:00 to 11:00 AM

Drop off at Dodd Narrows Room, at the Vancouver Island Conference Center (ground floor). All work must be hand-delivered; shipped deliveries are not permissible. The door located on Commercial Street provides easy access. There is plenty of parking under the building and some parking on Commercial Street.

Paintings not wired or finished as per FCA standards may be rejected. If you have someone else driving, it may be easier to be dropped off at the door on Commercial Street and have your driver go and park under the


Events and Show Times:

Friday, November 1st

- 9:30 AM – 9:00 PM Show hours

- 7:00 PM Reception & Awards Announcement by Dene Croft, FCA President

- 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM Meet the Artists and open bar

- 9:30 AM Silent auction starts at (closes on November 2nd at 5:00 PM)

Saturday, November 2nd

- Show hours are 9:30 AM – 6:00 PM

- Silent auction items can be picked up between 5:00 PM and 6:00 PM

Sunday, November 3rd

-Show hours are 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

-Silent auction items can be picked up between 10 AM and 5 PM.


Sunday, November 3rd

- between 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM

- Uncollected works, left after 6:00 PM, are left at owner’s risk. Contact the show chair, Charlotte Mougeot, for related costs and storage charges (250-668-8529).

FCA Online Submission Details

The FCA online submission system has been set up for the “2019 Nanaimo Fine Art Show”. Note that you need a User ID and Password. If you do not have these, please contact the FCA Administrator to obtain them.

When on the FCA submission website, remember to select the number of items from the dropdown menu before proceeding to payment. If you do not do so, you will be charged but the system will not create places for you to upload each painting submitted. Please read the information provided on the FCA submission web pages carefully to avoid errors. Note as well that you cannot edit or add to your number of entries once you have started your submission.

Membership Renewal Links

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