The Power of the First Show


Chromatics I and II by Jasmine Rock. Taken at Beaux Arts' New Members-New Motivations show in 2017

The first time an artist has their work displayed in an art exhibition marks an important milestone, not only in their professional career but also in their personal development. This initial accomplishment can provide artists with the encouragement and recognition needed to kickstart their creative craft.

As Josephine Condotta explains, “I remember just a little about the first official art exhibition I was in. I was 15 years old and the only student from my high school selected to participate in a Peel Art exhibition at the Living Arts Centre. The thing that was so monumental for me was how I felt on opening night: that my artwork was not good enough for me to be there; but that there was nowhere in the world I wanted to be more.”