BMO 1st Art Competition

Opening reception: November 20, 2019

MOCA / 158   Sterling Rd. 

Students in their last year of the undergraduate level art programs from 100 institutions across the country were invited to submit work in this competition sponsored by BMO. Twelve regional winners and one national winner were selected and their work is on display at MOCA. Regional winners are awarded $7,500 while the National winner receives $15,000. This funding can help students further their careers and establish their art practise.

Works are chosen by a selection committee including Marie-Eve Beaupré (Curator Musée d’art de Montreal), Cheyanne Turions (Curator SFU Galleries), Adriana Kuiper (artist & associate professor of Mount Allison University) and Sarah Robayo Sheridan (Curator Art Museum at the University of Toronto).

(L-R) Rebecca Belmore, artist, Marie-Eve Beaupré, juror and David Liss, Adjunct Curator of MOCA

Works in the exhibit represented an eclectic mix using a variety of media from painting to installation, mixed media, caribou bone, fibre works and use of technology. All the student artists were excited to receive recognition and be awarded for their hard work. Kudos for BMO to help in the development of these artists’ careers.

National winner, Luther Konadu, University of Manitoba

Preston Pavlis, Alberta winner, MacEwan University

Clara Patterson. New Brunswick winner, Mount Allison University

Christopher Dela Cruz, Ontario winner, University of Toronto, Scarborough

Charline Dally, Quebec winner, Université du Québec à Montréal

Jimuel Belarmino, Saskatchewan winner, University of Regina

Many artists and faculty were in attendance. The evening went well and one can only hope that these events recognizing artists can continue and grow to help nourish young artists. 

Text and photo: Phil Anderson

*Exhibition information: November 21 – December 16, 2019, Museum of Contemporary Art, 158 Sterling Road, Toronto. Museum hours: Mon, Wed, Thurs, Sat and Sun 10 am – 5 pm, Fri 10 am – 9 pm, Tue closed.

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