BMO 1st Art!

BMO 1st Art! Invitational Student Art Competition


2016 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. BMO’s corporate art collection 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! 2016 exhibition, held at the Justina M. Barnicke Gallery during November 2016.

The 2016 distinguished Selection Committee members are:

Jeanie Riddle, Artist and Director, Parisian Laundry
Kim Simon, Curator, Gallery TPW
Michelle LaVallee, Associate Curator, MacKenzie Art Gallery
Pan Wendt, Curator, Confederation Centre Art Gallery
Dawn Cain, Curator, BMO Financial Group

2016 Winners

The winners for 2016 vividly demonstrate the excellence and promise of Canada's newest generation of artists (click on the image for a larger view).

National winner

NATIONAL WINNER
Nathan Levasseur
University of Alberta

Everyone Changes
Digital drawing; digitally printed on satin gloss photo paper, Edition 1 of 1
91.44 x 91.44 cm; 36 x 36 in


Alberta winner

Alberta

Joel Warkentin
Alberta College of Art & Design

In, Out
Hickory, Cherry, Black Walnut, Wenge
160.2 x 160.2 x 5.08 cm; 63 x 63 x 2 in

 

British Columbia winner

British Columbia
Elizabeth Villalva Granda
University of British Columbia

La Tierra del Dólar
US bills
19 x 5.5 cm; 7.5 x 2 in

Manitoba winner

Manitoba
Zahra Baseri
University of Manitoba

Outcry
3mm Plywood, India ink, laser print photos
Each 30.5 x 45.7 cm; 18 x 12 in

New Brunswick winner

New Brunswick
Jennifer McInnis-Wharton
New Brunswick College of Craft & Design

Home
Slab built raku clay fired to cone 6, oxide wash, archival sepia ink
152.4 x 182.9 cm; 60 x 72 in

 

Newfoundland and Labrador
Lucas Morneau
Grenfell Campus, Memorial University of Newfoundland

Part I: The Seer, Part II: The Abyss
Fire-charred oak and computerized LED sequence
Diameter: 120 cm; 48.5 in

Nova Scotia
Jordan Blackburn
Nova Scotia College of Art & Design University

Toile #1 (roll)
Screen printed wallpaper
305 x 61 cm; 120 x 24 in

 

Nunavut winner

Nunavut

Alookie Alikatuktuk
Nunavut Arctic College

Qulliq for Life
Sterling silver, Baleen, found tundra rock
8.8 x 16.51 x 11.43 cm; 3.5 x 6.5 x 4.5 in




Ontario

Rouzbeh Akhbari
Ontario College of Art & Design University

Institutional Stabilizer (Art Gallery of Ontario and
Bank of Nova Scotia)
C-prints, reclaimed shipping pallets (wood),
scissor jack, bubble levels
2 photographs each 91 x 122 cm; 36 x 48 in
Sculpture 1: 86.4 x 45.75 x 45.75 cm; 34 x 18 x 18 in
Sculpture 2: 96.5 x 66 cm; 38 x 26 in



Prince Edward Island

Dylan McQuaid
Holland College

Untitled
Digital print, Edition 1 of 1
91.4 x 60.9 cm; 36 x 24 in



Quebec

Alexandre Ménard
Université du Québec à Montréal

Détour à l’aveugle
Silkscreen paper, cardboard
203 x 203 x 203 cm; 80 x 80 x 80 in



Saskatchewan

Kristen Auger
First Nations University of Canada

Nîpihikan Pimâtisiwin: Flower Life
Stroud cloth, seed beads, satin, velveteen
51.4 x 30.4 cm; 20.25 x 12 in

Yukon
Tyler Anderson
Yukon School of Visual Arts

Envy, Desire and The Unrequited

Acrylic on plywood
236 x 152.4 cm; 93 x 60 in

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