Call-For-Entries Water – םימ


The Windsor Jewish Community Centre, in Windsor, Ontario, Canada, is currently accepting submissions for Water – םימ.

Many spiritual traditions recognize the sacred nature of water as a life-giving source and a symbol of rebirth. Inspired by the transformative power of water in ךילשת “tashlikh” (meaning “casting off” in Hebrew), a Jewish water-based ritual of self-renewal and metamorphosis, Water – מים will feature artwork exploring the transformational qualities of water in connection with the body, identity, ritual, community and art.

The Art Exhibit will be part of a larger gala celebration, featuring the Windsor Symphony Orchestra performing excerpts from Handel’s Water Music, the HNM Dance Company performing water-evocative danceworks, and the Detroit River Clean-Up making presentations about our region’s water-based ecosystem.

Catalogue: Print and online.

Exhibition Dates: November 12 – 26, 2015

Opening Reception: November 12, 2015


All media accepted. Artwork must have been created within the last two years.

Submissions Guidelines: 

  1. Artists must be 18 years of age or older.
  2. Collaborative works will receive recognition as one entry.
  3. Each artist may submit up to 3 artworks.
  4. Images must be in:
  5. JPEG format
  6. 72 dpi resolution
  7. No more than 2 MB
  8. For each work, the artist must submit one full image and one optional detail image.
  9. Name each image as follows:  lastname_firstname_entrynumber.jpg

Detail images should be labeled lastname_firstname_entrynumber_detail.jpg

  1. Video entries must include a YouTube link.
  2. Entry must be accompanied by an image list with Name of Artist, Title, Medium, Dimensions, Date, Price (if work is not for sale, please indicate NFS)
  3. Include a brief artist statement, no more than 100 words.

Entry Fee:

$25, which can be paid by PayPal on our website link, by credit card at 519-973-1772, or by credit via email at

Important Dates:

Submit entries to website link/email address by September 30, 2015

Website link:

Email address:

Artists will be notified of juried results no later than October 15, 2015

Artist work drop-off dates:

November 6: 8:00 a.m. to Noon

November 5: 8:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.

November 4: 8:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.

November 3: 8:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Artwork must be ready to hang, mount or install.  Artists with video work must provide monitors.

Artwork Pick-Up:  November 29-30, 2015

Shipping: Full responsibility of the Artist. Shipped Artwork must arrive at the JCC no later than October 29.  All shipped work must contain a prepaid return shipping label.  Work will be shipped back to the artists November 30.


Gabrielle Pescador, Juan Javier Pescador & Brenda Francis Pelkey

Juan Javier Pescador is a photographer, filmmaker and installation artist whose work reflects on social justice and activism in contemporary society with respect to race, gender and ethnicity.  His artwork has been exhibited in galleries, museums and community centers in Canada and the USA including the National Museum of Mexican Art in Chicago and the Detroit Institute of Arts.  Juan Javier Pescador is a Full Professor at Michigan State University in the History Department.

Gabrielle Pescador’s artwork explores the deeply personal expression of ritual and its consequent connections with the construction of human identity.    Her artwork has been exhibited in galleries and museums in Detroit, Windsor, Chicago, New Orleans, Los Angeles, Toronto and Barcelona.  Gabrielle Pescador is a graduate of the Cranbrook Academy of Art.

Brenda Francis Pelkey has exhibited throughout Canada as well as Scotland, France, Germany, Czechoslovakia, Finland and England. Her works appear in numerous collections such as the MacKenzie Art Gallery, the Mendel Art Gallery, the Art Bank, the Winnipeg Art Gallery, the Dunlop Art Gallery, Confederation Centre for the Arts, and The National Gallery of Canada. Ms. Pelkey is a full Professor and was Director from 2003 – 2012, of the School of Visual Arts, University of Windsor.