Eye for Art an Exhibition for Chatham-Kent Artists

This Fall, the Thames Art Gallery is thrilled to present the 8th edition of the biennial fundraiser Eye for Art. Eye for Art is a juried exhibition, sale and celebration of the visual arts community in Chatham-Kent. The original Eye for Art ran as an annual exhibition from 1983 until 1996 as a fundraiser for the Thames Art Gallery and, after an eight year hiatus, was revisioned in 2004. The exhibition is open to all past and present residents of Chatham-Kent. This year, all proceeds from sales, tickets, and associated events will be directed to ARTspace, our downtown community art gallery. 

Eye for Art will be exhibited from November 23, 2018 to January 13, 2019.  The opening reception, awards ceremony, "Brush Off" and auction will take place November 23 beginning at 6:00 PM. A total of $2000 in awards will be presented, three Awards of Excellence ($500 each) and one People’s Choice Award ($500). This year’s Eye for Art will also feature the “Brush Off”, a painting competition where artists will compete for a “coveted prize” and all the works created will be auctioned at the grand finale of the evening. 

The arts are an important part of our lives, and so is the connection to local community. This event illustrates the vitality of the arts in Chatham-Kent, highlights our supporters, and celebrates artistic talent and passion within our community.

The Juror's Choice has been selected for Eye for Art 2018!

Guest Juror, Kris Knight, the acclaimed Toronto painter with roots in Chatham-Kent, has selected a total of 61 artworks from the 158 submissions received by the Thames Art Gallery for the 2018 Eye for Art exhibition and fundraiser. Three of these accepted works will be honored with the Juror's Award of Excellence: Lydia Burggraaf, "Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale", Becky Fixter, "Rapids" and Gerald Stone, "Composition with B and Yellow". Each artist will receive their award on the evening of the Eye for Art reception on Friday November 23. These prizes have been made possible through the generosity of sponsors, JoVan Mechanical, Dr. David and Kelly Sullivan and Langford Law Offices.

The People's Choice Award will also be chosen by the public the night of the Eye for Art reception. Join us at the Thames Art Gallery, 75 William Street North, Chatham to vote for your favourite work. This Award has been made possible by Nest Realty. Doors open at 6:00PM and voting proceeds until 7:00PM. The Awards Ceremony will begin at 7:30PM. This year's event will also feature the "Brush Off", a painting competition where 15 artists will have the opportunity to paint a canvas from live model and still life for a coveted prize! Enter for your chance to participate by purchasing ballots available the night of the event. Eye for Art exhibitors will receive a free ballot. All the works created will be auctioned at the grand finale of the evening. Enjoy gourmet appetizers courtesy of William Street Café, live musical entertainment with Tino Pop Violin, a cash bar with a specialty holiday cocktail, wrapped up in a festive and fun family-friendly evening!

The Advisory Committee of the Thames Art Gallery and ARTspace would like to extend a special thank you to all supporters of this biennial fundraiser. 

These include: 

Janet and Ray Bernreuter

Owen Flooring

Windmill Cabinets

Rob and Janet Vanderveen

William Street Café

Nest Reality

JoVan Mechanical

Dr. David and Kelly Sullivan

Cathy Van Raay-Myers

Langford Law Offices

Blackburn Radio

Chris Spafford of Sticker Cuts

CM Design & Print.

Come enjoy the all-ages art event of the season- free! All proceeds from Eye for Art will be donated to ARTspace. ARTspace is a not-for-profit gallery dedicated to the promotion and development of Chatham-Kent artists. 

The Thames Art Gallery is open Wednesday to Friday from 1:00-7:00PM; Saturday and Sunday 11:00AM-4:00PM.

Call for Submissions

November 1 & 2, 2018 - Submission Deadline

November 23, 2018 - Opening Reception, Awards, Brush Off and Auction at 6:00PM

Please fill out application, print and submit with your artwork on November 1 and 2, 2018 between 1:00-7:00PM at the Thames Art Gallery


The exhibition is open to all Chatham-Kent artists. All media accepted. All works must be original and completed within the last two years. A maximum of 3 works may be submitted by each artist. All works must be for sale and include sale price.


Artwork must be delivered for jurying to the Thames Art Gallery, 75 William St. N. Chatham (Murray Street entrance) on November 1 and 2 between 1:00PM-7:00PM.


Kris Knight is a Toronto based artist with familial roots in Chatham-Kent, Ontario. He received his Associate degree from the Ontario College of Art and Design (OCADU) in 2003.  His work has been shown internationally in Toronto, New York, Miami, Paris, Amsterdam, Copenhagen and Los Angeles and has been featured in publications such as Interview Magazine, Vogue, Public Art, Harper's Bazaar, The Globe and Mail, WWD, The Miami New Times and L'Officiel Hommes.  His work is included in public and private collections including the Royal Bank of Canada, The Beth Rudin DeWoody Collection, The Oppenheimer Collection, The Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, 21C Museum of Contemporary Art, The Agnes Etherington Art Centre of Queen's University, and corporate collections like Gucci, with whom the artist collaborated with in 2014/15 on numerous projects including a dark and mystical reimagining of the house's iconic floral pattern dubbed "Flora Knight".

Administrative Fee

A non-refundable handling fee of $35.00 for up to 3 works must accompany the application form. Only cash or credit accepted.


All works must be ready for display. Two dimensional works must be suitably framed and wired. Works requiring special installation must be accompanied by explanatory diagrams or photographs.


A commission of 30% will be collected by the Thames Art Gallery on all sales. Include commission in sale price.

Transportation and Insurance

All shipping arrangements and costs before and after selection are the responsibility of the submitting artist. The Thames Art Gallery will not accept any collect shipments. All works will be insured by the Cultural Centre while on the premises.


A total of $2000 will be presented: Three Awards of Excellence - $500 each. One People's Choice award - $500.


November 1 & 2, 2018 

Deadline for entry application and delivery of artwork between 1:00PM-7:00PM to the Thames Art Gallery, 75 William St. N. Chatham

November 14

Notification of acceptance

November 23

Eye for Art Opening Reception | Awards | Brush Off | Auction - Doors open at 6:00PM. Exhibition open to view until January 13, 2019.

November 28 & 29

Artwork not accepted can be picked up between 1:00-7:00PM. Thames Art Gallery will not be responsible for any uncollected works after December 5, 2018

The artist, by submission of entry, grants the Thames Art Gallery the right to photograph accepted work for publicity, educational and reference purposes. No entry may be withdrawn once it has been accepted.