Salt Spring National Art Prize (SSNAP) 2017 Finalists’ Exhibition Opens

Featuring some of the Best New Work in Canada~ Known internationally as Canada’s premier arts colony, Salt Spring Island will host the Gala Opening of the 2017 SSNAP Finalists’ Exhibition on Friday, September 22 from 6:00 to 9:00pm. The Salt Spring National Art Prize (SSNAP) has built a national platform for Canadian visual artists and is fast becoming the largest, most prestigious art prize in the country. The work of 49 finalists will be exhibited during a month-long showcase. Eight awards with a total of $30,000 in prizes will be announced on October 21. The Finalists’ Exhibition runs from September 23 through to October 22 from 10:00am to 5:00pm daily.

SSNAP, a biennial competition now in its second year, has become a beacon for dialogue for the contemporary arts. Founding director Ronald T. Crawford says the art prize has opened up conversations from coast to coast, “We are excited to present one of the most diverse showcases in Western Canada, if not country- wide, featuring two and three-dimensional contemporary art in multi-media.” He adds, “These forty-nine works represent an opportunity to experience art with a national perspective from some of today’s best emerging and established Canadian artists. We’re delighted that many of them will be in attendance over the course of the Exhibition.”

Eight awards are available:

  • Salt Spring Prize – The Joan McConnell Award – $17,000
  • Jurors’ Choice Awards – Stephen P Roberts – three awards totalling $6,000
  • People’s Choice Awards – Rosemarie Behncke – three awards totalling $6,000
  • ASA Award – outstanding Salt Spring artist – $1,000


September 22, 2017Gala Opening of Finalists’ Exhibition, Mahon Hall 6:00pm, admission $15 includes one month entry to exhibit

September 23 – October 22, 2017Exhibition open daily from10:00am to 5:00pm, admission is $5 single entry, $10 one-month entry


October 14, 2017The Creative Mind: Creativity in the Arts and Sciences

Speakers include director Atom Egoyan, astrophysicist Art McDonald and photographer Meaghan Ogilvie. ArtSpring, 7:30pm, tickets $25

October 21, 2017Winners announced at Gala Awards Night6:00pm, admission $15

All events take place at historic Mahon Hall, 166 Lower Ganges Road, except for The Creative Mind panel at ArtSpring, 100 Jackson Ave. 

SSNAP 2017

The Salt Spring National Art Prize (SSNAP) was established in 2015 to recognize, showcase and publicize the accomplishments of Canadian visual artists. As one of the largest visual arts competitions in the country, SSNAP is offering $30,000 in awards, as chosen by an independent jury from across Canada. This exciting endeavour is an initiative of the Salt Spring Arts Council SSAC, which represents the Arts for Salt Spring Island, one of Canada’s premier arts communities.

September 18, 2017 2:42 PM