The Ix family creating art

© Randy Eckard, Watercolor

© Diane Babcock, Woodcut

© DeAnn Prosia, Etching

Your Place Squared: Community Art Project

March 9, 2019 - June 2, 2019

The Bruce Museum presents a new community project of small artworks created entirely by the public for the public. Your Place Squared opened in the Museum's Bantle Lecture Gallery on March 9, 2019 with a dazzling assemblage of more than 500 artworks created by artists of all ages and abilities.

Based on the popular 2012 Bruce Museum exhibition of self-portraits, Your Face Squared, the Bruce Museum asked participants to turn to the landscape for creative inspiration. And did they ever!

The subjects of Your Place Squared can be a favorite landscape, your home, a room, or any space that you treasure as your own. The artworks can be created in any medium, including writing, drawing, painting, photography and collage. The criteria for display include art that: must be original and anonymous, must be 6 inches by 6 inches in size and no thicker than 3 inches, cannot be toxic or harmful. A signed consent/waiver form must accompany each piece, and there is a limit of 10 submissions per individual.

Artists are welcome to submit work while Your Place Squared is on view through June 2, 2019, and visitors to the exhibition will also be invited to create artwork in the gallery, which will be added to the show.

This community-based exhibition was originally inspired by a 2006 project spearheaded by the Art Gallery of Ontario in Canada as a way of experimenting with visitor engagement. The variety of artworks featured in Your Face Squared was remarkable. There were portraits created with traditional media such as drawing, painting, and photography, clever collages incorporating everything from jewelry to sunglasses, and three dimensional works in clay, beads, and cardboard. There were submissions by families with three generations represented, entire art classes from area schools, and groups of friends who gathered together to create their squared portraits.

“As a community-based institution highlighting art, science, and natural history, an exhibition featuring art about the places that mean the most to our members and visitors is a wonderful project for the Bruce to support,” says Anne von Stuelpnagel, Director of Exhibitions. “We look forward to displaying all kinds of imaginative works.”

The Bruce Museum is grateful for support of this exhibition from The Charles M. and Deborah G. Royce Exhibition Fund, and from Heidi Brake Smith and Scott M. Smith.

More details and consent forms are available below or at the Visitor Services desk of the Bruce. 

Please read the Your Place Squared Submission Rules prior to submitting your artwork(s) - Rules Click Here

Your Place Squared Submission Form - Click Here

See Your Place Squared at the Bruce this spring!