ACAD Congratulates BMO 1st Art Competition Winner + Alumnus Dylan Cameron

Institution Has Largest Number of Regional Award Winners in Alberta

Limerence by Dylan Cameron
Rust on bleached denim, steel, chain
203.2 x 127 x 30.5 cm; 80 x 50 x 12 in

The Alberta College of Art + Design (ACAD) is proud to congratulate alumnus Dylan Cameron for winning the BMO's 1st Art! Alberta Regional Award for his piece titled Limerence. The BMO 1st Art! Competition celebrates the creativity of post-secondary art students from institutions across Canada. Deans, chairs and instructors of undergraduate certificate, diploma, and degree programs in visual art are invited to select three students, whose ability and imagination place them first amongst their peers from their graduating classes.

The distinguished selection committee chooses a national winner and one winner from each eligible province and territory. The winners were selected from 303 entries from across the country, the highest number of submissions since the competition began in 2003. The regional winners received $7,500 and the national winner received $15,000.

“It’s incredibly exciting to be selected as the regional winner for Alberta in BMO’s 15th Annual 1st Art! Competition,” said award recipient Dylan Cameron. “To be selected amongst such strong submissions in the ACAD community alone is as rewarding as it is humbling, and I am honoured to have been considered alongside these unbelievably talented emerging artists across Canada.”

ACAD’s alumni have won the Alberta Regional Award nine times, the largest number of Regional Award wins in the province. As well, ACAD is proud to share the honour of the most National Award recipients with Emily Carr University and University of Manitoba with two awards each.

“The fact that ACAD students have been so successful in this competition in the past is truly testament to the strength of the faculty at the school, and representative of the strength of Alberta’s visual arts community at large,” said Cameron. “This award comes as I transition into graduate studies at NYU, and it is an honour and a privilege to be chosen to represent ACAD and Alberta visual arts on both a national and international stage at this point in my emerging career.”

All winning entries for 2017 will be on display at the 1st Art! 2017 exhibition, held at the Justina M. Barnicke Gallery in Toronto, Ontario from November 16 until December 16, 2017.

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For more information:

Steven Hodges
Internal Engagement Specialist
Alberta College of Art + Design

About Alberta College of Art + Design (ACAD)

The Alberta College of Art + Design is a leading centre for education and research, and a catalyst for creative inquiry and cultural development. ACAD engages the world and create possibilities. Founded in 1926, ACAD has been a major contributor to Canada's visual culture in the 20th century, with many of its graduates gaining significant national and international reputations as artists, designers and creative leaders. As one of only four art and design schools in the country, ACAD is the only institution in Alberta with a provincial mandate to deliver art and design education.