Calling all artists, musicians, and photographers! Applications for the 2024 Calgary Stampede Art Show are still open, with a wide variety of opportunities to celebrate Alberta’s western heritage, culture, and community spirit.

A must-see part of the Stampede, the Art Show brings nearly 200 artists, musicians, sculptors, photographers, and chefs together for a guest experience that’s always unique.

“Our team has been working extremely hard on this year’s show,” says Michael Wetherup, Chair of the Western Showcase Committee. “They put in countless hours to create an immersive experience showcasing a Stampede of artistic expression that promise to captivate and inspire. It truly is a must see on your visit to the Calgary Stampede.”

Found inside the tranquil Western Oasis at the BMO Centre, the Art Show is an opportunity for artists of all genres and skill levels to share their work, sell pieces, and have conversations with people from across the city and around the world.

Artist Michael Sydoryk has been exhibiting his large scale wildlife paintings at the Calgary Stampede Art Show since 2016 and says it’s the reason he’s been able to pursue an exciting career as a professional artist.

“It is the show I pull the most inspiration from. The sheer amount of people, hundreds of thousands, who come through eager to see the art by the artist, that is most important to me,” says Sydoryk. "This particular show of this caliber, which doesn't really exist outside of this, is embodied and depicted by some incredible artists. It doesn’t get much better.”

The Calgary Stampede Art Show has a variety of opportunities for artists to show off their skills and talents, the 2024 edition will feature:

  • The Creative Arts & Crafts Show for crafters and artisans of all types. Open to anyone; competitors showcase their handmade entries in categories such as ceramics, wood, textiles, paper, and sugar.

  • Artists’ Studios provides established Canadian and American artists the opportunity to show and sell their work.

  • The Art Gallery is a venue for new and emerging artists to show and sell their original works of art.

  • The Mini Masterpieces Salon Wall is a dedicated section of the Art Gallery for original smaller artwork that features work by local and area artists.

  • The Photo Gallery provides an opportunity for photographers to display and sell their images.

  • The Photography Competition allows for photographers to submit their work for competition in the categories of Western Landscape & Wildlife, Western Lifestyle & Architecture, Rodeo, Indigenous, and Creative.

  • Kitchen Theatre presented by Safeway is a chance for participants to create and share culinary delights, give information on farm-to-table produce, provide demonstrations and even compete. Chefs of all flavours are welcome to bring their talent to the stage!

  • The Window on The West Stage presented by BURNCO showcases live local and area musicians multiple times a day.

  • The Calgary Stampede Grade 12 Scholarship program fosters youth education through the celebration and advocacy of Western Art. The competition is open to all Calgary and southern Alberta Grade 12 students.

Each area, detailed above, has a different application process and submission deadline. The earliest closing date is January 31, 2024 so interested artists should not delay! Find more information on the 2024 Calgary Stampede Art Show, or apply to be part of it here.

The Stampede Art Show is organized by a proud and dedicated volunteer committee of the Calgary Stampede.

Tickets are also now on sale for the 2024 Stampede Rodeo and Evening Show, July 5-14. For the best seats in the house, get yours today by visiting CalgaryStampede.com/tickets.

About the Calgary Stampede
The Calgary Stampede celebrates the people, the animals, the land, the traditions and the values that make up the unique spirit of the west. The Calgary Stampede contributes to the quality of life in Calgary and southern Alberta through our world-renowned Stampede, year-round facilities, western events and several youth and agriculture programs. Exemplifying the theme We’re Greatest Together, we are a volunteer-supported, not-for-profit community organization that preserves and celebrates our western heritage, cultures and community spirit. All revenue is reinvested into Calgary Stampede programs and facilities.


For more information, please contact:
Gemma Pasquarelli
Communications Coordinator
Calgary Stampede
T 403.478.6356
E gpasquarelli@calgarystampede.com

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