BMO 1st Art!

BMO 1st Art! Invitational Student Art Competition

2015 Application Forms

Competition Rules and Guidelines PDF file
Submission Form PDF file

BMO Financial Group's 1st Art! Invitational Student Art Competition celebrates the creativity of art students from post-secondary institutions across Canada. Deans and instructors of undergraduate certificate, diploma, and degree programs in visual art are invited to select from their graduating classes three students, whose ability and imagination place them 1st among their peers. A distinguished selection committee chooses a national winner and one winner from each eligible province and territory.

The national winner receives $10,000 and the regional winners each receive $5,000 for his or her artwork. The national winner’s work will become part of BMO’s corporate art collection, which includes historical and contemporary Canadian masters such as Kenojuak Ashevak, Emily Carr, Paterson Ewen, Tom Forestall, Marc-Aurèle Fortin, Lawren Harris, Thaddeus Holownia, David Milne, Margaret Priest, Denyse Thomasos, Ian Wallace and others. All winning entries will be on display at the 1st Art! 2015 exhibition, held at the Justina M. Barnicke Gallery from October to December 2015.

The 2015 distinguished Selection Committee members are:

Pip Day, Director/Curator, SBC Gallery of Contemporary Art
Michelle LaValee, Associate Curator, MacKenzie Art Gallery
Peter Dykhuis, Artist and Director, Dalhousie Art Gallery
Michelle Jacques, Chief Curator, Art Gallery of Greater Victoria
Dawn Cain, Curator, BMO Financial Group

2014 Winners

The winners for 2014 vividly demonstrate the excellence and promise of Canada's newest generation of artists (click on the image for a larger view).

Samuel de Lange
University of Guelph

Chromogenic print
Edition 1 of 3
119.3 x 91.4 cm; 47 x 36 in


Emmanuel Osahor
University of Alberta

The Conundrum
Oil on canvas
167.6 x 182.8 cm; 66 x 72 in

British Columbia
Isaac Thomas
Emily Carr University of Art & Design

Alleyway Landscapes
Archival pigment prints, Edition 1 of 3
6 parts, each 27.9 x 35.5 cm; 11 x 14 in


Katrina Marie Mendoza
University of Manitoba

Acrylic plastic, AstroTurf, vinyl, wood, electrical tape, Edition 2 of 3
182.8 x 149.8 x 68.5 cm; 72 x 59 x 27 in

New Brunswick

Sandra Racíne
New Brunswick College of Craft & Design

Fancy Basket in Green
Woven white, black and red ash wood
24.1 x 20.3 x 20.3 cm; 9.5 x 8 x 8 in

Newfoundland & Labrador

Maria Mercer
Grenfell Campus, Memorial University of Newfoundland

Documents for clandestine dispersal of ZPOR Earth Restoring Superseed via reclamation of
Victorian bootscrapers

Silkscreen prints on matte plastic
3 parts, each 57.1 x 45.7 cm; 22.5 x 18

Nova Scotia

Adrienna Matzeg
Nova Scotia College of Art & Design

Speakers; Blue Tarp; Surveillance; Flower Saddles; White Fan
(from the series Why do we have Funerals?)

Archival inkjet prints, Edition 1 of 3
5 parts, each 28 x 23; 20 x 30; 20 x 30; 20 x 30; 28 x 23 cm
11 x 9; 8 x 12; 8 x 12; 8 x 12; 11 x 9 in


Elijah Aitaok
Nunavut Arctic College

Precious Time
Sterling silver, copper and dix gold
20.3 x 20.3 x 15.2 cm; 8 x 8 x 6 in


Lisa-Marie Bissonnette
OCAD University

Soak-Stained Fleece
Ikea Polarvide blanket and Enudden towel rail, dye-sublimation print
101.6 x 76.2 x 7.6 cm; 40 x 30 x 3 in

Prince Edward Island

Amy Wells
Holland College

Coat of Arms: Revised
Inkjet print, Edition 1 of 3
91.4 x 60.9 cm; 36 x 24 in

Stéphanie Auger
Université Laval

Untitled (turquoise and cobalt 1)
Acrylic, gouache on paper, string
100.3 x 175.2 x 175.2 cm; 39.5 x 69 x 69 in


Brandon Sieber
University of Regina

Oil on canvas
121.9 x 106.6 cm; 48 x 42 in

Yukon Territory

Lucy Koshan
Yukon School of Visual Arts

Moths of the Foothills
Tissue paper, fabric, wax, fur, feathers, motor
26.7 x 30.4 cm; 10.5 x 12 in

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