Fresh from the successful first edition of its So You Want To Be An Artist contest, which last year attracted more than 120 participants, some 50,000 visitors to the makeart.gallery.ca website and 20,000 votes, the National Gallery of Canada (NGC) is once again inviting youth aged 16 to 19 from across the country to express their creative side through the visual arts, and submit their artworks.
The 12 entries that get the most votes on Facebook will make it to the semi-finals and will be shown at the Gallery for a month, before being judged by a jury made up of journalists, artists, and curators. The creators of the three winning entries will receive outstanding prizes, and the grand prize winner will enjoy a behind-the-scenes visit with NGC experts.
“We were very impressed with the quality of the artworks entered last year,” said Gary Goodacre, NGC Manager, Youth and School Programs. “We’re really looking forward to seeing what the participants have in store for us this year.”
The 2012 jury is made up of Ottawa Citizen arts-editor-at-large Peter Simpson, Radio-Canada television arts reporter Claude Deschênes, artist and Nova Scotia College of Art and Design assistant professor Kim Morgan, Vancouver and Montreal interdisciplinary artist Sonny Assu and Iqaluit illustrator and graphic designer Jonathan Cruz.
Young artists can base their work on whatever sparks their imagination. They can also draw inspiration from the NGC’s rich collection, either in person or online. Artworks must be original two dimensional pieces in any medium, and must be accompanied by a short text explaining the story behind the piece. A digital copy of the work must also be submitted, which will be shown on the makeart website, where visitors will be able to vote for their favourite piece(s) through Facebook.
The 12 contestants with the most online votes will be invited to submit their original artwork for entry into the final phase of the contest.
Eligibility – The contest is open to residents of Canada who are aged 16 to 19, as of June 4, 2012
One Contest, Three Phases:
- Online Submission Phase – The NGC will accept entries from January 25 to March 18, 2012 via the contest website.
- Online Voting Phase – The NGC will post all accepted entries online at makeart.gallery.ca. During the voting phase of the contest, visitors to the contest website will be able to vote once for every artwork that appeals to them by using the Facebook “Like” feature. The voting phase takes place from March 26 to April 30, 2012.
- Public Display and Jury Selection Phase – The NGC will invite the top 12 contestants with the most online votes to submit their original artwork for display on its Artissimo Gallery wall, located in the concourse. The works will be on view from June 2 to July 3, 2012. During the display phase, a jury appointed by the NGC will evaluate the artworks based on: the clarity of the theme and message; originality and imaginativeness; and the thought and feeling provoked in the viewer.
The jurors will choose three finalists who will be awarded exciting prizes as outlined below. The NGC will announce the winners during the week of June 4, 2012.
First Prize – includes travel, accommodation and meals for a two-night stay in Ottawa for the winner and one accompanying adult as well as an exclusive behind-the-scenes visit of the NGC that will focus on careers in the visual arts. The winner will also gain expert advice on his or her art portfolio and receive a $500 gift certificate for art supplies. The first-place winner will also receive a reproduction of their work on canvas graciously provided by CanvasPop. (Note: If the winner lives within a 100 km radius from downtown Ottawa, a $1,000 gift certificate for art supplies will be awarded instead of the travel portion of the prize.) Total maximum value: $3,500.
Second Prize – A $1,000 gift certificate for art supplies.
Third Prize – A $500 gift certificate for art supplies.
Top 12 finalists – The top 12 finalists will receive a voucher, graciously provided by CanvasPop, to have their images printed on canvas.
Official Rules – Visit makeart.gallery.ca for the contest’s full official rules.