Why do you create?

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VAM's 5th Annual Why do you create? Juried Exhibition

Visual Arts Mississauga's Why do you create? Juried Exhibition gave artists an opportunity to consider how they create and what brings meaning to their art-making practice. It is also 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.

Exhibiting online from January 17 – June 30, 2022

Why do you create? Jurors

Kim-Lee Kho

Annis Karpenko

This year's Why do you create? Awards are generously sponsored by Visual Arts Mississauga and DeSerres.

Image credit: Why do you create 2022 First Place Winner, Bogdan Luca, The Void, Acrylic, oil and collage on canvas, 2021.


View the Virtual exhibition below!

Why do you create? Jurors

Kim-Lee Kho – A popular and experienced art educator, speaker, and juror, Kim-Lee is a Canadian, Brampton-based multidisciplinary artist, exploring personal experience as a gateway to broader human concerns. She has participated nationally in exhibitions, residencies, and mentorships; and won awards including grants from the Ontario Arts Council.

Annis Karpenko, MFA, MEd – Since 2014, Annis has been the executive director of Visual Arts Mississauga. In her private life, she is a photographer, writer and artist whose current focus is printmaking and mixed media.


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After much consideration, VAM decided to combine its annual Juried Show with the annual Why Do You Create exhibition. I had the great pleasure of jurying the show with fellow artist Kim-Lee Kho, and the hours we spent considering each work were wonderful.


People often ask how artworks are juried into a show. First, the photograph submitted must be clear, crisp and uncluttered by extraneous items, e.g. frames that are not an integral part of the work. The quality of this photo-documentation is crucial when artworks are entered digitally. 


Next up is the execution of the work: skillful handling of the medium, is there a concept or message behind the work, or can we feel the artist’s point of view? How well do those come across? And then, the jurors discuss the works they feel strongly about, that have moved them or made a strong impression in some other way. 


It is never easy, the same work can be included in one show and excluded in another. The one thing Kim and I agreed on was the excellent array of works we had to choose from. In this exhibit why we create becomes what we create. We are so pleased to share these works with you.