Suspended Animation

SUSPENDED ANIMATION – Winnipeg’s Cartoon Art Show

Hot off the heels of success of the all Simpsons-themed ‘That’s It, Back To Winnipeg’ art show, the fine folks who brought you that Technicolor marvel are back at the Handsome Daughter this January! This time, the floodgates are open, and every cartoon under the sun gets a taste of the action

The fine folks at The Placeholder Show and local artist/comedian J.D. Renaud are curating an all-cartoon themed art show, ‘SUSPENDED ANIMATION’, highlighting the creative and twisted talents of the Winnipeg art scene! West Broadway’s finest watering hole will be adorned with original art from your favourite cartoons.

Best of all, we are having and OPEN CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS! If you or someone you know makes cool stuff and wants in on the action, this is your time to shine! What kind of cartoon art are we looking for, you may ask? Anything and everything, including, but not limited to…

  • Futurama
  • Rick and Morty
  • Bob’s Burgers
  • King Of The Hill
  • Ren & Stimpy
  • Spongebob Squarepants
  • Adventure Time
  • Clone High
  • Beavis and Butt-head
  • Steven Universe
  • MORE Simpsons stuff, because hey, why not?
  • plus MANY MORE!

Show opens on Thursday January 18th.



This is an open call for artists of all mediums. Painting, drawing, illustration, mixed media, and photography are all welcome! Sadly, no sculpture, jewellery or things that are unable to be hung will be considered. It’s a bar/restaurant, there will be no plinths or cases for non-hang-able items.

The focus is on taking universe of the cartoon you’ve chosen and recreating it in your own artistic style. The more creative, illustrative, personal, and unique the better. All pieces must be the artist’s original works, or prints created by said artist.

This is a TRIBUTE show, and in no way affiliated with any studio or creators of the original shows. (shhh! You wanna get sued?)

All items must be delivered to the curators ready to hang.

We’re looking to have as many items available for sale as possible, and priced under $300, at the most. Wall space is limited, so it is requested that pieces not be excessively large. Due to the high turnout of our last event, we expect even more submissions this time around. We will try to get at least one piece from every qualified submitter,  but the sooner you get your pieces in, the better your chances of being part of the show, so get crackin’ and submit today!



Since the Handsome Daughter are the coolest dang people on the planet, there will be NO CHARGE for submitting, and NO HANGING FEES for artists! WOO HOO!

If you are able to sell your work and wish to deal with potential buyers directly, there will also be no gallery commission costs. If you choose to have the sale and delivery of your pieces done by the curators, there will be a 15% fee deducted from the sale of your piece. Essentially, if you sell something for $100, and we have to deal with the buyer, deliver the piece, take their money, and get that money to you, we take $15 off the top for our troubles. If you wanna do all that yourself, we take nothing. Shop around, you can’t beat that price!

Artists will have the option of either selling their pieces on a 50% deposit up front, 50% upon deliver of the piece after the show is over (tentatively late March, early April), or allow buyers to buy pieces directly off the wall.

Unfortunately, submissions are not open for people outside the city of Winnipeg.



Email submissions to jd AT theplaceholdershow DOT com with the subject line “SUSPENDED ANIMATION” no later than Sunday JANUARY 14th 2018. The show will run from Thursday January 18th 2018, until tentatively late March, early April. A definitive end date will be announced shortly. Please note that submissions that do not follow these directions may not be considered. Curators will contact the artists who have be accepted with further details regarding drop-offs.

Attach clear photos of all pieces to your submission email. You may submit up to 5 works, thought keep in mind all may not be accepted. The size of pieces is a factor in consideration, and while though there are no firm restrictions to size, bear in mind that anything too large may be passed on in favour of smaller works. Works MUST be delivered hang or display-ready. Please attach images to your submission email in JPEG format (smaller files are preferred). Please DO NOT submit google drive, Dropbox links, or .zip files.

In the body of your email, please include…

– A short artist bio
– Website and/or Instagram and Facebook
– List of all submitted files including; title, size, medium, and price.

Now, get to it! Less fartsy, more artsy!