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Jury announces artist selection for annual contemporary art festival in Charlottetown

Hundreds of participants donned crow costumes and paraded through the streets of downtown Charlottetown Saturday as part of the March of the Crows performance during Art in the Open.
Hundreds of participants donned crow costumes and paraded through the streets of downtown Charlottetown Saturday as part of the March of the Crows during Art in the Open in 2017. - Katie Smith
CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. —

Nine artists from across the country have been selected by a jury of their peers and industry professionals to develop and showcase their work at the ninth annual Art in the Open festival main event.

On Aug. 24, 4 p.m. until midnight, downtown Charlottetown will become an open-air gallery presenting ephemeral works of public art. 

The Art in the Open main event features performances, sculptural installations, projections and other temporary art forms, delivering a truly multimedia experience for all ages.

This year’s jury selected artists include William Baker, P.E.I.; Somnia Lucent, P.E.I.; Nucolic (Andrew Cairns and Evan Furness), P.E.I.; Jared Perry, P.E.I.; Simon White-Evan Stepanian, Que.; Johanna Nutter, Que.; Lisa Thériault, Que.; Andrew Maize, Ont.; Janna Graham, Northwest Territories. 


Fast facts

  • Since its introduction in 2011, Art in the Open has become a well-loved festival that has been described by audiences as magical and inspiring. 
  • Located around the focal points of the Confederation Centre Art Gallery, Victoria Row, Rochford Square, Connaught Square and Victoria Park, the festival highlights Charlottetown’s urban spaces, is free to the public and attracts audiences from across the province, the country and beyond.

Community-led projects will be announced this month. More than 30 artists submitted applications to the jury that included pitches for performances, multimedia and sculptural installations, interactive art-making and more.

Submissions were reviewed and assessed by the jury according to artistic merit, feasibility and a record of exhibition that demonstrates the artist’s ability to execute a project of the type proposed.

The jury selected artists will contribute to and compliment the more than 20 other diverse curated exhibits that will be mounted throughout downtown Charlottetown.


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