BMO 1st Art! celebrates the creativity of art school students from over 100 post-secondary institutions across Canada. Every year BMO Financial Group invites the deans and instructors of undergraduate-level certificate, diploma, or degree programmes in studio art to select from their graduating classes three students whose ability and imagination place them 1st among their peers.

Each promising student is asked to complete submission materials and send digital images of a recent work to BMO Financial Group’s Art Collection Unit by May 15, 2019. Our distinguished selection committee will review the submissions in July and choose one winner from every province and territory to be 1st in their region. A national winner will also be chosen.

The national winner is awarded $15,000 and each regional winner receives $7,500. All winning entries for 2018 will be on display at the BMO 1st Art! exhibition, Justina M. Barnicke Gallery, University of Toronto, November 15 to December 8, 2018. Artworks are returned to the artists after the exhibition.

2019 Selection Committee

  • Marie-Eve Beaupré, Curator, Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal
  • cheyanne turions, Curator, SFU Galleries
  • Sarah Robayo Sheridan, Curator, Art Museum at the University of Toronto
  • Adriana Kuiper, Artist and Associate Professor, Mount Allison University