What is Show + Sale?
Show + Sale is the longest running program hosted by the AUArts Students' Association. For over 30 years, we have had the opportunity to showcase new and exciting work from emerging AUArts fine artists, designers, and craftspeople in Moh’kinsstis (also known as Calgary).
This year, submissions into Show + Sale will be adjudicated by a jury comprised of alumni, local business owners, professional artists, and gallerists; creatives of all kinds who are passionate about the Calgary arts community and have an eye for excellence.
Our program aims to be inclusive of visual artists of all mediums, styles, and themes while also providing the opportunity for new artists to explore the world of commercial art without startup costs. The selection of artwork ranges from one-of-a-kind showstoppers to unique fashion statements to budget friendly gifts, all designed and created by AUArts artists.
Since new artists participate in every sale, you're sure to find art as unique as you!
We want to keep our artists and customers safe! For 2021, our event will take place virtually on our online platform. We will be regularly sanitizing during our curbside pickup days and our team will be masked. We understand that buying the perfect gift can be challenging even during a normal holiday season, so we have updated our refund and exchange policy so you can find the right item for you.
Mission + Vision
Our mission is to bring Calgary the best curated showcase of artwork made by AUArts emerging artists. By highlighting the new and exciting work from our artists, we enrich the vibrant arts community in Calgary, help emerging artists develop sustainable creative careers, and of course, provide Calgary with an incredible selection of art they can't find elsewhere!
As an artist-run program, we know that artists are never just ships passing in the night. We at Show + Sale are proud to embrace the time-honored tradition of putting community first. By connecting our artists to the Calgary arts community, professional development workshops, and other opportunities, we help AUArts students grow into confident emerging artists sure to take the world by storm!
We call the AUArts students who participate in Show + Sale emerging artists, because that is exactly who they are! Our artists go above and beyond and we are proud to showcase what they can do. At Show + Sale, you'll find artwork from all 11 majors in AUArts, from paintings to prints, jewelry and wearables, to ceramics and glass. Your purchase at Show + Sale directly impacts their journey as artists and allows them to invest in their nascent careers.
If you love the art you buy, we encourage you to reach out to the artists via social media or their website. If you have inquiries about out-of-stock artwork or artists, please contact the Show + Sale team at email@example.com.
Virtual Holiday Market Artist Roster
Winter 2021 Jury
Behind the Scenes
Professional Development Program
Being an artist poses challenges, especially if you're just starting out. That's why we invest our 25% commission from artist sales directly back into the AUArts community through workshops and other professional development opportunities.
The workshops we provide are relevant and practical for the contemporary artist and are intended to complement our artists’ current practice. Workshop offerings include topics such as: Admin for Artists, Product Development, Photo Documentation, Branding and Marketing, and Commercial Ethics. We have developed our program with the help of nationally recognized alumni, galleries, arts organizations, and industry experts.
Whether our artists want to run their own business, attend grad school, or work in a gallery or design firm, our workshops will help them develop passionate, sustainable, creative careers. Thanks to our community partners AUArts and RBC, we can host these workshops not just for Show + Sale artists, but for all AUArts students to attend!
We provide our artists more than just a platform to sell their work, we are dedicated to providing free professional development workshops for all AUArts students. Our workshop instructors are alumni, local business owners, nationally recognized artists, and creatives of all kinds. To encourage the fair payment of creatives in Canada, all our instructors are paid CARFAC fees for their work with us.
S+S Core Team
Show + Sale is made possible by an exceptional team of AUArts students and alumni!
S+S Coordinator: Leia Guo (she/her)
S+S Assistant: Katie Deller (she/her)
Department Reps: Kenzie Roth (she/her), Yuxin Song (she/her), Quynn Covey (she/her)
AUArts Team: Marion Garden (she/her), Wanda Baker (she/her), Jamie Leong-Huxley (she/her)
Designer: Janira Moncayo (she/her)
Photographers: Leia Guo (she/her), Elisha Lozares (she/her), Christian Oss (he/him), Julia Borden (she/her)
Though Show + Sale is a virtual event for 2021-2022, all of our artists and staff are treaty people who live, work, play, and create in Treaty 7 territory. We are proud and honoured to contribute to the diverse artistic community in Moh’kinsstis (otherwise known as Calgary).
For the past 30 years, Show + Sale has been hosted in Moh’kinsstis and the traditional Treaty 7 territory of the Blackfoot confederacy: Siksika, Kainai, Piikani as well as the Stoney Nakoda: Bearspaw, Chiniki and Wesley and Tsuut’ina nations. We also acknowledge the members of the Inuit and Métis communities - specifically, the Métis Nation Region Three. Finally, in the spirit of reconciliation, we acknowledge all people who make their home here are Treaty 7 people.