Join us!


We are asking you to come along on the journey of exploring UNITY and bringing together inspiring art from across this great country.


We are looking for individuals and organizations to sponsor prize awards and promote N3XT through in-kind support.


This is an opportunity to be part of Canada’s next great national art adventure.


As Chair of the N3XT committee, I am personally dedicated to making N3XT a significant cultural event in Canada, and to gathering together a thrilling exhibition of challenging and meaningful work.


 I hope you will join me.

Canada is the best country. There really is no other place like it–I feel it the minute I arrive. It's just something wonderful.

Mrs. Seymour Knox lll

Painting: Hypothermia Ninety-Six Degrees
by Andrew F. Ross
Andrew F. Ross, Chair N3XT Canada
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Andrew F. Ross Bio


Andy Ross is an international contemporary painter, cultural advisor, and  artists’ advocate living in Toronto and on his farm in Oro-Medonte Township, Ontario. His work is held in corporate, institutional, and private collections around the world.


Some notable collections include:


The Brooke Astor Collection - New York, NY

The Permanent Collection, Albright-Knox Art Gallery - Buffalo, NY

The Permanent Collection, Toronto School Board - Toronto, Ontario

Permanent Collection, Dineen Hull Gallery Hudson County Community College - Jersey City, N J

The Cox Collection - New York, NY

The Collier Collection - Palm Beach, Fla


Andy shares his time and unique experience to innovate and develop cultural assets:


  • In 1992, he founded the Juniper Island Art Festival. It continues to this day to contribute greatly to the cultural life of the Peterborough art community - bringing publicity and recognition to artists.

  • Spearheaded the permanent interior exhibition at the Roswell Park Cancer Hospital in Buffalo,  NY. Featuring photographer Jean Read Knox’s work in ground-breaking formats, the work brought nature’s spectacular vistas indoors for the benefit of cancer patients and their families.

  • Created and underwrote the benchmark International Group Exhibition hosted at the St. Louis Hotel in Calgary. The featured artists achieved unprecedented exposure to galleries and art buyers around the world.

  • Andy is the Founding President and Chair of Lakeshore Village Artists Co-op (LVAC) located in Etobicoke, the first legal live-work environment in Ontario.



Andy has served on the Arts Committee of the Arts & Letters Club since his first year of membership, and from there, he has taken N3XT under his wing. Mounted biannually, Andy has committed to chairing N3XT, N4XT, and N5XT.





N3XT is a juried competition by the Arts & Letters Club of Toronto. The 2020 competition asks artists to create pieces around the theme of UNITY. N3XT is asking timely, challenging and necessary questions of Canadian artists. What is unity in Canada? Can we be unified? How can unity be expressed?


N3XT offers benefactors, patrons, artists and all participants an opportunity to participate in a unique experience the brings art from across our vast country to the hallowed walls of St. George’s Hall, a National Historic Site in downtown Toronto and home to the Arts & Letters Club. N3XT is the third installment of a juried art competition that was founded in 2016 to promote emerging visual artists. N3XT has evolved to a National competition and with the support of benefactors and sponsors will offer significant prizes to the top artists.


The Arts & Letters Clubs of Toronto is one of Canada’s oldest and most recognized arts clubs. It was founded in 1908 by journalist August Bridle. Its early members included Frederic Banting, John MacLeod and the Group of Seven. The Arts & Letters Club has evolved over time and runs programs for literature, architecture, music, painting, stage and more. Since 1967, more than 150 of its members have been named to the Order of Canada.


N3XT Ambassadors have been selected to promote N3XT in different regions of Canada. Their job is to liaise with local arts communities to promote N3XT and encourage artists to ponder UNITY and find new and innovative ways to express UNITY in their art.


Our hope is to gather art from coast to coast that all approach UNITY in their unique way. The mere act of assembling the art is an act of UNITY in and of itself and thus the N3XT creates UNITY by asking about UNITY.


N3XT will be launching the largest media promotion in the long history of the Arts & Letters Club. It will be using traditional media, social media and other creative means to gather publicity for N3XT and ask all Canadians about Unity.


The five-person jury will judge all work on the basis of digital images and the artist’s statement. Finalists will then be invited to have their work sent to the Arts & Letters Club for a second round of judging and awarding of prizes. N3XT culminates with an exhibit and awards gala in St. George’s Hall. If funds permit, the show will tour reciprocal clubs or independent galleries throughout Canada. Artists will attend in person or participate via social media such as Youtube, Twitter and Instagram.


We are asking you to join us on the journey of exploring Unity and bringing together art from this great country. We are looking for individuals and organizations to sponsor new prizes, promote N3XT, and facilitate a national tour. This is an opportunity to be part of Canada’s next great national art adventure.


As Chair of the N3XT committee, I am personally dedicated to making N3XT an important cultural event in Canada. I hope you will join me.