Since 1968, the Juried Art Show (JAS) has been a cornerstone of the University of Guelph’s Studio Art Program, marking Canada’s oldest student-run juried art exhibition. This annual event, held every March, serves as a vital platform for emerging artists to showcase their talents and receive recognition for their dedication, embodying the program’s enduring commitment to fostering creativity and innovation. Read on to hear what this year’s student JAS coordinators have to share about this beloved event.

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In what ways does JAS contribute to the professional development of emerging artists in the Studio Art Program at the University of Guelph?

JAS is a monumental achievement of student success, engagement, and community-building. It is the only event of its kind, offering undergraduate students the opportunity to show their work and receive recognition for their abilities and determination early on in their art careers. 

What is the importance of UoG faculty and students participating in the Silent Auction alongside members of the community and Alumni? 

The silent auction is our biggest Fundraiser for the Juried Art Show. Through faculty and student participation, we are able to fund prizes for the incredible student artists in the studio art undergraduate program. 

How does the Silent Auction align with the goals of JAS and in what ways does it foster community engagement? 

 The silent auction is an opportunity for students to sell and display their work. Due to the nature of student artists being early in their careers, the silent auction allows students the opportunity to sell their works, possibly for the first time, while supporting other students. 

This year the JAS Silent Auction will be held at Silence (46 Essex St) for the first time on Friday, March 1, from 7-9 pm. Tickets will be sold for $10 or $5 for students. The JAS Exhibition takes place in Zavits Hall from March 15- 17 during building hours. Make sure to come and support the students involved at the JAS Award Ceremony, taking place March 15 from 7-9 pm at the Art Gallery or Guelph. Doors will open at 6:30. Admission to the Awards Ceremony is free.

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