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AGO Invites Public to Get Creative with In Your Face!

January 25th, 2006

For the first time in the Gallery’s history the AGO is launching an exhibition created entirely by the public.

Opening July 1, In Your Face is an exhibition of portraits collected from the general public to celebrate the individuality and diversity of Canada. Submissions are now being accepted for the exhibition and the Gallery will be entering the completed project for consideration by the Guinness Book of World Records as the largest collection of portraits ever assembled.

  • Deborah Love

    I’m an art teacher in the Calgary system and have just learned about the “In Your Face” exhibit. I would like my high school students to submit portraits as well as myself. What is the last date we can submit? What are the media limitations?
    Can we collage? Can there be some relief work or do you prefer 2d? I’d like to get started right away, so could you kindly email me with the info.

    Thanks
    Deborah Love/Art Teacher/Queen Elizabeth Sr. High
    Calgary ,Alberta
    dclove@cbe.ab.ca

  • Deborah Love

    I’m an art teacher in the Calgary system and have just learned about the “In Your Face” exhibit. I would like my high school students to submit portraits as well as myself. What is the last date we can submit? What are the media limitations?
    Can we collage? Can there be some relief work or do you prefer 2d? I’d like to get started right away, so could you kindly email me with the info.

    Thanks
    Deborah Love/Art Teacher/Queen Elizabeth Sr. High
    Calgary ,Alberta
    dclove@cbe.ab.ca

  • David Wistow

    Since the installation will open on July 1 and be up for over a year, submissions will continue to be accepted until December 1, 2006. Relief work and collage will definitely be accepted although we will probably be using 2-3″deep shelves to display the portraits and thus the relief shouldn’t extend beyond that measurement.

  • David Wistow

    Since the installation will open on July 1 and be up for over a year, submissions will continue to be accepted until December 1, 2006. Relief work and collage will definitely be accepted although we will probably be using 2-3″deep shelves to display the portraits and thus the relief shouldn’t extend beyond that measurement.

  • claudia y.

    hi, i think the In Your Face exhibit is a great idea. and i just have a few questions. does you whole face have to be shown? and are there any limitations / things that are not allowed to be made/ shown

    thank you – cy <3

  • claudia y.

    hi, i think the In Your Face exhibit is a great idea. and i just have a few questions. does you whole face have to be shown? and are there any limitations / things that are not allowed to be made/ shown

    thank you – cy <3

  • Sara Hall

    Thank you for putting this show on. I can’t wait to get started on my portrait. What are you doing about framing? If the portrait is on paper does it need to be in a frame, or will you be mounting it on the wall with push pins? If it should be in a frame are there limits on the frame’s size?

  • Sara Hall

    Thank you for putting this show on. I can’t wait to get started on my portrait. What are you doing about framing? If the portrait is on paper does it need to be in a frame, or will you be mounting it on the wall with push pins? If it should be in a frame are there limits on the frame’s size?

  • Doodle McDoodler

    I’m thrilled about this show!
    I was wondering if you’ll accept more than one piece from one artist….and I was also wondering if the portraits must be self portraits…and I was also wondering if the portraits should be faces or if they can be entire bodies…..
    hooray for the AGO!

  • Doodle McDoodler

    I’m thrilled about this show!
    I was wondering if you’ll accept more than one piece from one artist….and I was also wondering if the portraits must be self portraits…and I was also wondering if the portraits should be faces or if they can be entire bodies…..
    hooray for the AGO!

  • David Wistow

    Please note that individuals can submit as many portraits as they wish to the In Your Face project. The portraits can be of anyone, faces only, bodies only…it’s completely up to you!

  • David Wistow

    Please note that individuals can submit as many portraits as they wish to the In Your Face project. The portraits can be of anyone, faces only, bodies only…it’s completely up to you!

  • Michelle C.

    I’m glad I ran into this blog. I thought I was seeing things! When I first saw the page that mentioned the “In Your Face” exhibit, I know I saw June 1st as the deadline. Now it says December 1.

    Can I make a suggestion? Can you please add the year to that December 1st deadline? When I saw it today, I thought I had accidentally sent my portrait after deadline! If I had read that page again before I put it in the mail, it would have stopped me from sending my work.

    The page in the AGO website gave the impression of a Dec 1, 2005 deadline. Here’s what your site said:

    Submit your original works of art until *December 1* to be a part of In Your Face

  • Michelle C.

    I’m glad I ran into this blog. I thought I was seeing things! When I first saw the page that mentioned the “In Your Face” exhibit, I know I saw June 1st as the deadline. Now it says December 1.

    Can I make a suggestion? Can you please add the year to that December 1st deadline? When I saw it today, I thought I had accidentally sent my portrait after deadline! If I had read that page again before I put it in the mail, it would have stopped me from sending my work.

    The page in the AGO website gave the impression of a Dec 1, 2005 deadline. Here’s what your site said:

    Submit your original works of art until *December 1* to be a part of In Your Face

  • Art Matters

    Thanks for pointing that out. It is December 1, 2006.

  • Art Matters

    Thanks for pointing that out. It is December 1, 2006.

  • http://canadadaPHOTOGRAPHY.blogspot.com Lindsay Holton

    …. time to update this post no? It’s now 2009 … Also, as a participant in this initially enticing extravaganza I was sorely disappointed not to be invited to any kind of ‘launch’ or ‘open house’ when the show went up … I never got a ‘follow up’ note, zip, nada. So, ya, great, 10,000 portraits and counting … but it would be NICE to get a sense of a)what happened to my work, and b)a list of other participants, just for fun … Otherwise, GREAT IDEA, lousy FOLLOW-THRU. Plus, now that the show has also shown at the Portrait Gallery of Canada, and will likely have some kind of LIFE of it’s own INTO THE FUTURE, don’t you think it would be THE RIGHT THING TO DO to let participants KNOW what’s happening to their submissions? I understand the submissions did become the ‘property’ of the AGO, but seriously, not very good from a P.R. standpoint in the ‘arts community’ …

  • http://canadadaPHOTOGRAPHY.blogspot.com Lindsay Holton

    …. time to update this post no? It’s now 2009 … Also, as a participant in this initially enticing extravaganza I was sorely disappointed not to be invited to any kind of ‘launch’ or ‘open house’ when the show went up … I never got a ‘follow up’ note, zip, nada. So, ya, great, 10,000 portraits and counting … but it would be NICE to get a sense of a)what happened to my work, and b)a list of other participants, just for fun … Otherwise, GREAT IDEA, lousy FOLLOW-THRU. Plus, now that the show has also shown at the Portrait Gallery of Canada, and will likely have some kind of LIFE of it’s own INTO THE FUTURE, don’t you think it would be THE RIGHT THING TO DO to let participants KNOW what’s happening to their submissions? I understand the submissions did become the ‘property’ of the AGO, but seriously, not very good from a P.R. standpoint in the ‘arts community’ …