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VAM's 43rd Annual Juried Show of Fine Arts

Visual Arts Mississauga's 43rd Annual Juried Show of Fine Arts is an opportunity for members of the regional visual arts community to showcase their work alongside their peers, and for art enthusiasts to discover the wealth of talent in the region. This year the jury reviewed 150 submissions from artists across Ontario and selected 43 finalists.

Exhibiting online from January 14 – December 31, 2021

VAM43 Jurors
elle alconcel
Gordon Shadrach
Matthew Varey

This year's VAM43 Awards are generously sponsored by Visual Arts Mississauga and DeSerres.

Image credit: VAM42 First Place Winner, Anran Guo, Heated Manhole Cover, Mixed Media, 2018.




VAM43 Jurors

elle alconcel is committed to the diversification of the GTHA's art and culture scene. As a programmer, producer and curator, her principal area of interest is in championing the work of culturally diverse artists. She champions programs and spaces that are designed for creative practitioners. As the former Curator of Exhibitions & Programs at Artscape, elle was integral to establishing Daniel’s Spectrum as a cultural hub and breeding ground for promising artists. In 2017, CBC Arts named elle one of the "new generation of Curators who are defining the Toronto Art Scene.” 

Gordon Shadrach, a Toronto-based artist was born and raised in Brampton, Ontario. Gordon started painting in 2013 and paints in oil and acrylic on wood. He has exhibited in solo and group art shows in Canada and the United States. He works from photographs at his in-home studio. He received his B. Des. (MAAD) from OCAD University and has a Master of Education degree from Niagara University. In the Spring of 2018, Gordon's painting, "In Conversation", was included in an exhibit developed by the Royal Ontario Museum titled, "Here We Are Here: Black Canadian Contemporary Art." Later in 2018 the exhibit went on tour and was presented at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia in 2019. Aside from his portraits, Gordon is known for his insightful artist's talks and has appeared as a panelist on TVO's The Agenda and CBC Radio's Metro Morning. 

Matthew Varey lives and works in Toronto, Canada. He has exhibited in more than fifty solo and one hundred group exhibitions. His work is in the collections of the Fondazione Bevilacqua la Masa in Venice, the McMaster Museum of Art, and the Art Gallery of Hamilton, and in private and corporate collections in Korea, Greece, Germany, Italy, Norway, England, the US, and Canada. He is the founder of Etobicoke School of the Arts Contemporary Art, the world’s leading high school art program.