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My Grandma | Ma grand-mère
My Grandma | Ma grand-mère



Artwork title: My Grandma | Ma grand-mère
Medium: acrylic on canvas | acrylique sur toile
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My Grandma | Ma grand-mère

Artist: alyssa_tang
Medium: acrylic on canvas | acrylique sur toile

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Artist's Statement

This painting is inspired and dedicated to my grandmother. Having two other grandparents who suffer from Alzheimer’s, I felt it was important to commemorate and celebrate the achievements of my grandmother. I painted her hands and glasses on a white background, because no matter where she is or what role she is playing she always has her glasses with her. Growing up in a time of extreme poverty, my grandmother went from going to bed hungry at night to becoming a doctor and supporting her family on her own. As an artist, I find elders a great subject of interest.

Ce tableau est inspiré par ma grand-mère, à qui il est dédié. Ayant deux autres grands-parents qui souffrent de la maladie d’Alzheimer, j’ai trouvé important de commémorer et souligner les réalisations de celle-ci. J’ai peint ses mains et ses lunettes sur fond blanc, car, peu importe où elle est ou ce qu’elle fait, elle a toujours ses lunettes avec elle. Ma grand-mère a grandi dans un contexte d’extrême pauvreté, et il lui arrivait de se priver de manger pour pouvoir devenir médecin et aider sa famille. Comme artiste, je trouve que les aînés sont un sujet passionnant.


  1. You have to be a resident of Canada and be 16 to 19 years old as of June 18, 2013 to be eligible.
  2. You can only submit one 2-dimensional artwork in any medium (photography, drawing, painting, etc). It can’t be any bigger than 18 x 24 inches (45.27 cm X 60.97 cm) so that it will fit in our display if it makes it into the top 12. Note that a photograph that documents an oversized artwork you made in another medium will not be accepted as a valid entry.
  3. Your artwork has to be an original. If your artwork includes images from popular culture, like the image of a famous person, an album cover, or a company logo, you have to prove that you have permission to include it in your artwork; otherwise your submission will be disqualified.

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First Prize

A paid and personalized visit to the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa to learn about careers in visual arts and have their portfolio reviewed by an expert; and a $500 gift certificate for art supplies (total maximum value $3500).

Second Prize

A $1000 gift certificate for art supplies.

Third Prize

A $500 gift certificate for art supplies.


Will have their works showcased in the National Gallery of Canada.


The Gallery thanks its sponsor

Gift certificates for art supplies for the top three winners will generously be offered by the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Arts.