The ACACA Video

A guide through what it means to be a member of the Alberta Community Art Clubs Association. It is a walk through the zone show process, which is a unique experience allowing artists of all talent levels and experience to grow and hone their craft.

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The ACACA Shows

The journey begins here for the Alberta wide show. Submitted art is juried and critiqued before those that are chosen move on. This is a celebration of art on all levels, from beginners to signature.

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2018 Zone Show Information Here

You can find all of our 2018 specific information for the zone show using the button below.

The 2016 Zone Shows

ACACA Zone Shows

Promoting Art and Culture Throughout Alberta


Since 1980 the Alberta Community Art Clubs Association has annually sponsored for their members three Zone Art Shows and the Juried Alberta Wide Show. ACACA members and Hosting Club members continue to volunteer countless hours of hard work and are dedicated to ensure the success of these shows. We thank one and all for their efforts. We extend a special thank you to all the host clubs for their efforts and support on behalf of our members.

Three Zones

The Alberta Zone Shows Are Divided Into 3 Zones


Northern Zone

This is made up of all of Alberta found in the area north of Highway 14. Recent hosts for the Northern Zone Show include Bonnyville and Barrhead.


This is made up of all of Alberta found between Highway 14, Highway 9, and Highway 1 (Calgary to Banff). Recent hosts for the Central Zone Show include Lacombe and Leduc.


This is made up of all of Alberta found south of Highway 9 and Highway 1 (Calgary to Banff). Recent hosts for the Southern Zone Show include Brooks and Drumheller.

We have a wide range of art styles on display

The ACACA Zone Shows is one of the easiest and best ways to see a wide assortment of art styles, subjects, and mediums on display. You can expect to see a stone carving of a polar-bear sitting next to a collage of mixed media which is hanging next to am abstract water-colour painting; it is truly a sight to behold.

These are just some of the art styles you should expect to see at the shows.

Acrylic Art

Acrylic paint is a quick-drying, water-soluble kind of paint that artists often use instead of oil paint or watercolors.

Digital Art

Digital Art is an artistic work or practice that uses digital technology as an essential part of the creative or presentation process.

Oil Based

painting in oil colours, a medium consisting of pigments suspended in drying oils. The outstanding facility with which fusion of tones or colour is achieved makes it unique among fluid painting mediums.

Water Colour

Watercolors are usually translucent, and appear luminous because the pigments are laid down in a pure form with few fillers obscuring the pigment colors.


The branch of the visual arts that operates in three dimensions. It is one of the plastic arts. Durable sculptural processes originally used carving (the removal of material) and modelling (the addition of material, as clay).

Benefits of Joining The ACACA

With accessible critiques, jurried shows, workshops, paint outs, and scholarships and bursaries, it’s never been a better time to join the ACACA!

Juried exhibitions and critiques | Workshops and paint outs | Scholarships and awards | Newsletter

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Zone Show Categories

Artists Will Be Juried Based On These Categories of Art



Artists between 15 and 18 years old.


Age 19+. No formal art training at a college or university and has painted in any medium up to 4 years. OR Juror’s recommendation to move to the next Category. **


May have up to one year of formal art training at a college or university OR has worked for two years or more in any medium, or has won a Beginners Award at the Alberta Wide Show.


Has been enrolled for more than one year in an art program at a college or University OR has won an Award in the IntermediateCategory at the Alberta Wide Show OR has worked independently for 4 years in any medium and is ready to meet the requirements of entering the Advanced Category OR **


Graduate of an Art program from a College or University, or has received a BFA or MFA OR instructs formal classes in Art OR has won an Award in the Advanced Category at the Alberta Wide Show OR voted on by the Board of Directors ** to move to the Signature member level. (No automatic move to the Signature Member Level).

Signature Member

For qualified Members from the Master category voted on by the Board of Directors **


For members of all levels. The artwork is solely composed and created on a computer using only software tools or a scanned image which is manipulated to significantly change the original. (scanned original must be available to jury if requested.) The print must be unique and not an edition.


Sculpture will be additive or subtractive, and be made from stone, wood, bronze, jade, clay, bone, antlers, precious metals, fabric, paper and metal.

**(by Jurors opinion that artist is ready to move to the next level.)

Zone Show Resources

Want to Submit Works? Here’s Everything You Need to Know


Note: Memberships must be paid prior to February 28th to be eligible to enter in that years Zone Show.

2-Dimensional Art

For 2-Dimensional art such as paintings and digital art, please download the following two files and submit them:2-Dimensional Registration

Host Condition Form

3-Dimensional Art

For 3-Dimensional art such as sculptures, please download the following two files and submit them:3-Dimensional Registration

Host Condition Form


For all art such as sculptures, digital art, and paintings, please download the following files and submit them:Back of Painting Labels

Building Boxes

Diagram for Building Boxes

Who We Are

The Alberta Community Art Clubs Association aims at uniting, serving and networking with artists throughout the province. Our goals are to foster and maintain instruction in art and to develop an interest in the knowledge of art and culture in the communities throughout the province.


ACACA fills a unique niche in promoting the arts in the province of Alberta by sponsoring three juried art shows annually, hosted by art clubs from different communities each year.