BMO 1st Art!

BMO 1st Art! Invitational Student Art Competition

2014 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! 2014 exhibition, held at the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art in October 2014.

The 2014 distinguished Selection Committee members are:

Peter Dykhuis, Artist and Director, Dalhousie Art Gallery
Michelle Jacques, Chief Curator, Art Gallery of Greater Victoria
Mark Lanctôt, Curator, Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal
Anthony Kiendl, Executive Director/Artistic Director, Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art
Dawn Cain, Curator, BMO Financial Group

2013 Winners

The winners for 2013 vividly demonstrate the excellence and promise of Canada's newest generation of artists (click on the image for a larger view).


Erika Dueck
University of Manitoba

The Ephemeral Mind
Mixed media installation
203.2 x 203.2 cm; 80 x 80 in


Tiffany Wollman
Alberta College of Art & Design

House paint, steel pipe
180.3 x 88.9 x 81.3 cm; 71 x 35 x 32 in

British Columbia
Sam Knopp
Emily Carr University of Art & Design

Celadon Stack
304.8 x 30.5 x 30.5 cm; 120 x 12 x 12 in


Hillary Smith
University of Manitoba

Phrenological Petrifactions
Porcelain, glaze pencil, gold lustre, mixed media
167.6 x 152.4 x 61 cm; 66 x 60 x 24 in

New Brunswick

Carson Isenor
Mount Allison University

White cedar, red cedar, birch ply, self-milled poplar wood and audio
228 x 195 cm; 90 x 77 in

Newfoundland & Labrador

Whitney French
Grenfell Campus, Memorial University of Newfoundland

Found handkerchiefs, embroidery thread
63.5 x 63.5 cm; 25 x 25 in

Nova Scotia

Alexis Bulman
Nova Scotia College of Art & Design

Charcoal, pen, graphite, ink transfers, marker and thread on paper
121.9 x 91.4 cm; 48 x 36in


Frederick Silas Qulaut
Nunavut Arctic College

14k yellow gold, sterling silver, walrus ivory, leather cord
12.7 x 3.8 cm; 5 x 1.5 in


Eshan Rafi
York University

Digital C-prints, Edition 1 of 3
71.1 x 172.7 cm; 28 x 68 in

Prince Edward Island

Valerie LeClair
Holland College

Taking the Plunge
Lightjet chromogenic print, Edition 1 of 4
71.1 x 91.4 cm; 28 x 36 in

Laura Rokas-Bérubé
Concordia University

Life’s a Beach
Gouache on paper
40.6 x 50.8 cm; 16 x 20 in


Charles Brendan Schick
University of Regina

Graphite on archival mat board
51 x 82 cm; 20 x 32 in

Yukon Territory

Derian Blake
Yukon School of Visual Arts

Hey Dad
Cigarette butts and glue
36.8 x 30.5 x 19 cm; 14.5 x 12 x 7.5 in

2012 Winners | 2011 Winners | 2010 Winners | 2009 Winners

2008 Winners | 2007 Winners | 2006 Winners | 2005 Winners

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