Museum of Canadian Contemporary Art
The 1st Art! Exhibition running at MOCCA from October 7 – 26 showcases the
winning submissions of the BMO 1st Art! Invitational Student Art Competition for
The fourteen artists featured are recent graduates of post-secondary art programs from every province and territory in Canada who have been honoured for their talent and exceptional accomplishments. The works in the exhibition reflect the varied range of media and expression in contemporary art. They also represent the promise and excitement of Canada’s newest generation of artists. Come and see what’s happening in the art schools of our colleges and universities!
1st Art 2008 exhibition catalogues will be available at MOCCA free of charge during the run of the show.
About 1st Art!
The 1st Art! competition celebrates the creative excellence of recent graduates from post-secondary art programs in every province and territory. Each year deans and instructors of undergraduate certificate, diploma, and degree programs in visual art are invited to select three students from their graduating classes whose ability and imagination place them first among their peers. A distinguished panel of judges chooses an overall national winner and one winner from each province and territory.
The national winner receives $5,000 and the regional winners each receive $2,500 for his or her artwork. The national winner’s artwork becomes part of the BMO Corporate Art Collection, which includes historical and contemporary Canadian masters such as Kenojuak Ashevak, Emily Carr, Paterson Ewen, Marc-Aurèle Fortin, Lawren Harris, Ian Wallace and many others.