BMO Financial Group announced the national and regional winners of its 16th BMO 1st Art! competition, an annual event that recognizes visual arts excellence amongst post-secondary and undergraduate-level students from across Canada.
A distinguished committee of curators, gallery directors and art professors selected the winners. Clara Couzino from Concordia University, Quebec, won the national prize of $15,000. Each of the 12 regional winners received $7,500 and all have been invited to Toronto for two nights to attend the opening reception of the 1st Art! exhibition. Winning pieces will be on display at the Justina M. Barnicke Gallery, 7 Hart House Circle, University of Toronto, from November 15 to December 8, 2018. All artworks are returned to the artists after the show.
“Supporting new artists is a priority for BMO and we are very proud that 1st Art! provides emerging artists a much needed platform as they transition into the next phase of their careers,” said Gilles Ouellette, Group Head, BMO Asset Management and executive sponsor of BMO 1st Art! since its inception. “The works of this year’s artists illustrate a remarkable range of content and media. We look forward to hosting all of the winners in Toronto this November to celebrate their artistic achievements.”
“We are thrilled to announce another immensely talented group of winning artists this year,” said Dawn Cain, Curator, BMO Corporate Art Collection. “Since its inauguration in 2003, BMO 1st Art! has recognized a total of 211 young artists hailing from all corners of Canada; each offering a new and unique work that oftentimes pays homage to the part of Canada in which it was conceived. We look forward to continuing to support and unite recent art school grads for years to come.”
Deans and instructors of post-secondary arts programs across Canada were once again invited to nominate three eligible students from each visual art specialty to submit a recent work. The BMO 1st Art! competition welcomes submissions from a number of artistic media including drawing, printmaking, photography, painting, ceramics, textiles, and three-dimensional works in a variety of materials.
Out of the 267 post-secondary and undergraduate-level students, the 2018 BMO 1st Art! winners are:
A variety of materials and themes are present in this year’s winning works. A few highlights include:
The 2018 selection panel:
To view the winning pieces on BMO Financial Group’s website, please visit: https://1stArt.bmo.com
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Serving customers for 200 years and counting, BMO is a highly diversified financial services provider – the 8th largest bank, by assets, in North America. With total assets of $744 billion as of April 30, 2018, and a team of diverse and highly engaged employees, BMO provides a broad range of personal and commercial banking, wealth management and investment banking products and services to more than 12 million customers and conducts business through three operating groups: Personal and Commercial Banking, BMO Wealth Management and BMO Capital Markets.
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