New ACAD Grads take National and Provincial awards for BMO 1st Art! Invitational Student Art Competition

We are so very proud to share the news about recent grads Tamara Himmelspach (BFA) 2015 Sculpture and Svea Ferguson (BFA) 2015 Drawing achieving top awards in BMO Financial Group's 1st Art! Invitational Student Art Competition. Tamara was the overall National winner and Svea won the provincial award for Alberta. Kudos to you!

Dr. Daniel Doz, President + CEO, remarked that he is immensely proud of both Tamara and Svea. "This competition is one of the most sought after and respected one in Canada, and these two talented artists are so deserving of this fantastic recognition. This national recognition reinforces my deep belief of the amazing value that the Alberta College of Art + Design brings to our society."

BMO's 1st Art! competition celebrates the creativity of art students from post-secondary institutions across Canada. Deans and instructors of undergraduate certificate, diploma, and degree programs in visual art are invited to select from their graduating classes three students, whose ability and imagination place them 1st among their peers. A distinguished selection committee chooses a national winner and one winner from each eligible province and territory.

The national winner receives $10,000 and the regional winners each receive $5,000 for his or her artwork. The national winner’s work will become part of BMO’s corporate art collection, which includes historical and contemporary Canadian masters such as Kenojuak Ashevak, Emily Carr, Paterson Ewen, Tom Forestall, Marc-Aurèle Fortin, Lawren Harris, Thaddeus Holownia, David Milne, Margaret Priest, Denyse Thomasos, Ian Wallace and others. All winning entries will be on display at the 1st Art! 2015 exhibition, held at the Justina M. Barnicke Gallery from October to December 2015.

The 2015 distinguished Selection Committee members:

Pip Day, Director/Curator, SBC Gallery of Contemporary Art 
Michelle LaValee, Associate Curator, MacKenzie Art Gallery 
Peter Dykhuis, Artist and Director, Dalhousie Art Gallery
Michelle Jacques, Chief Curator, Art Gallery of Greater Victoria
Dawn Cain, Curator, BMO Financial Group

The winners for 2015 vividly demonstrate the excellence and promise of Canada's newest generation of artists.

NATIONAL WINNER
Tamara Himmelspach
Alberta College of Art + Design

Back Into the Earth: Creation and the Interpretation of Meaning
Jingle dress, beaded purse and moccasins: cotton and polyester, unfired clay, deerhide, beads; 11 inkjet prints
Overall installation 182.8 x 182.8 cm; 72 x 72 in

ALBERTA WINNER
Svea Ferguson
Alberta College of Art + Design

Future Classic
Linoleum flooring
96.5 x 71.1 x 12.7 cm; 38 x 28 x 5 in