BMO 1st Art! Invitational Student Art Competition Winners, 2016

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 in November 2016.

2016 Winners

The winners for 2016 vividly demonstrate the excellence and promise of Canada’s newest generation of artists.


Nathan Levasseur / University of Alberta 

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

For the provincial winners and more information please go to:

*Exhibition information: November 17 – December 17, 2016. Opening Reception: November 16, 2016, 7-9 pm, Justina M. Barnicke Gallery,  Hart House at the University of Toronto, 7 Hart House Circle. Gallery hours: Tue – Sat 12 – 5, Wed 12 – 8 p.m.

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