Mountain Communities

CALL FOR PROPOSALS: The Mountain is the Medium

Sun Peaks Resort Corporation and Thompson Rivers University welcome proposals from artists working in any format,  for the first outdoor art exhibition, The Mountain is the Medium, at Sun Peaks, near Kamloops, in the interior of beautiful British Columbia, to be held over the Christmas week in December 2013. For more information, please visit

The Mountain is the Medium is an exhibition which seeks to include diverse media that could take advantage of the movement of skiers and snowboarders as they proceed downhill from the top of the mountain. The skiers and boarders could visit and view the various artworks installed along the borders of certain runs, within tree or glade runs, in the terrain parks, or at the tops and bottoms of the lifts.  The sites would be easily accessible, but out of the skiing and boarding pathways. A map of the artworks will be provided for exhibition patrons.

This juried show is intended to span a range of different art media,  from new media,  including strategies such as physical installation, sound works or sound installation, miniature dioramas, video projection and graffiti, to  more traditional art forms such as painting and photography, and sculpture, including applicable forms like snow and ice sculpture. The exhibition would honour and encompass some of the ongoing activities already in place at Sun Peaks, such as the spontaneous Christmas tree decorations beside runs, or the colourful flowers that appear under the Burfield Chair in the spring.

The various artworks would be chosen to comply with safety considerations for skiers and snowboarders, making sure that none of the artworks would interfere with any of the pathways and ski runs, pose no danger to the public, and that the artworks would leave no environmental impact. Artists working in graffiti or similar forms of art would work with environmentally-safe paints or could use materials such as vegetable-based dyes, or even vegetable juices such as beet juice. Care must be taken not to interfere with various animal habitats or other environmentally sensitive areas. It is also important to bear in mind that Sun Peaks is a family-friendly resort, and welcomes visitors from around the globe.

Solo artists and collaborative artists are welcome.

The organizers are also interested in art school class projects, which would not be juried individually, as it is likely these submissions would be for academic credit. Such proposals must be discussed with TRU visual arts professor Doug Buis ( beforehand, so as to make proper arrangements.

Proposals are due by 15 September 2013, with notification by 1 October 2013. Installation will take place 15 to 17 December.

Proposals should include:

  1. 300-500 word artist’s statement describing the thematic ideas surrounding the proposed work.
  2. A complete technical description of the proposed work, including a plan for the work’s safe installation and removal.
  3. Supporting images (of proposed and/or existing work as appropriate), in print or digital form (j-peg, 768×1024), or if video on a  DVD, or in a Quicktime or AVI file, with an image/media list
  4. A  maximum 300-word biography and accompanying CV/resume (maximum 3 pages).

Please send submissions to Channelle Suecroft, whose vision informs this exhibition, at

There is no artist’s fee.

Additional Information:

Sun Peaks Resort and TRU’s Alliance for Mountain Environments

About Sun Peaks: Sun Peaks Resort is interior British Columbia’s largest four season destination resort, located 45 minutes northeast of Kamloops. Recently declared the 2nd Best Ski Resort in Canada and 13th Best in North America by Condé Nast Traveller Magazine readers, Sun Peaks offers spectacular alpine and Nordic skiing amidst three unique mountains which surround an intimate ski-thru village. The community is both vibrant and welcoming. In warmer months, Sun Peaks offers a diverse range of leisure activities including 18 holes of golf, a legendary bike park, scenic alpine hiking as well as numerous sporting events and music festivals. Sun Peaks Resort was the first ski resort in North America and remains the sole resort in Canada to receive the ISO 14001 designation recognizing the resort’s environmental policies and practices.

Thompson Rivers University (TRU) is committed to facilitating student access to university education that combines the career benefits of an applied approach with opportunities for community-oriented, relevant research at both the graduate and undergraduate level, with seamless transitions between programs.

With program offerings ranging from university preparation to graduate programs, TRU has become a leader in providing students with opportunities to combine the scholarship and research of a first-class university degree with the career benefits of applied studies.

Now the fourth largest university in the province and a member of the The Research UniversitiesCouncil of British Columbia, TRU was created in 2005 when the University College of the Cariboo joined with the British Columbia Open University.

Centered in the heart of Kamloops, BC, TRU’s campus is one of Canada’s most beautiful university settings. A vibrant community of over 13,000 students from across Canada and around the world complete undergraduate and graduate degrees in addition to diplomas, apprenticeships, professional certificates, continuing studies and ESL. Another 10,000 students take advantage of TRU’s flexible learning options to study online or by distance through the Open Learning Division. Students can also take programs at regional centres throughout the interior of BC, a satellite campus in Williams Lake, and an Open Learning Centre in Vancouver. TRU is the home of Canada’s newest Law School, which opened in 2011.

TRU and Sun Peaks have joined to create the Alliance for Mountain Environments, in which teaching, research, and industry projects of mutual interest and benefit take place. TRU students are frequently at Sun Peaks for relevant classes. “The Mountain is the Medium” is a perfect example of this collaboration.

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