Calgary arts students scoop national prizes

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Two recent graduates from the Alberta University of the Arts have been named the top winners at the 18th annual Canadian BMO 1st Art Competition.

Simone Elizabeth Saunders is the overall National Winner of the competition and Jasmine MacGregor was announced as the Alberta Regional winner.

Graduating students across the country are nominated by their post-secondary institutions. A selection committee reviews the submissions and chooses one winner from every province and territory to be first in their region.

Black Lives Matter, artwork by Calgary artist Simone Saunders.
Black Lives Matter, artwork by Calgary artist Simone Saunders. Calgary

Saunders (BFA ’20, Fibre) was named overall National Winner for her Black Lives Matter work “It Matters”, a hand-tufted and punch needled textile. Saunders received the $15,000 grand prize.

“It is such an honour to have been selected by the esteemed jury of curators, amongst such talented artists. To be the National Winner sets the stage for my career ‒ amidst the pandemic nonetheless ‒ and this award is an incredible monetary gift which fuels me to continue pursuing my craft,” said Saunders.

Alberta University of the Arts grad Jasmine MacGregor is the Alberta winner of the BMO 1st Art Competition for her video
Alberta University of the Arts grad Jasmine MacGregor is the Alberta winner of the BMO 1st Art Competition for her video “Anishinaabekwe (Ojibway woman).” jpg

MacGregor (BFA ‘20, Sculpture) is the Alberta winner for her video “Anishinaabekwe (Ojibway woman)” and received a $7,500 award for her work.

The BMO 1st Art! Exhibition showcasing the 13 winning submissions is online this year.

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