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So You Want to Be an Artist is a contest about art and you. Make an artwork about something you care about and post it here. Then it’s up to your friends, family and other people to vote on the entries. The 12 artworks with the most votes will be displayed at the National Gallery of Canada, where our uber-cool judges will pick the best ones.
This is your chance to get your art out into the world. It doesn’t matter if you’re thinking about art school or have never picked up a paintbrush in your life – show us what you’ve got.
We’ve scoured the nation high and low and brought together a pretty awesome jury of experts from different areas of the arts. And they want to see your art. In June, judges will be looking at the 12 artworks with the most votes.
Melanie Authier was born in 1980 in Montreal. She received a BFA from Concordia University in 2002 and completed her MFA at the University of Guelph in 2006. Authier has exhibited across the country and recently participated in the biennial Builders at the National Gallery of Canada. She is the recipient of the Honourable Mention Prize for the 9th Annual RBC Painting Competition 2007. Authier's artwork is in numerous national and international collections, including the National Gallery of Canada. Authier is represented by Georgia Scherman Projects, Toronto, ON. She currently lives and maintains a studio in Ottawa.
Éric Clément holds a BA and MA in geology and an advanced graduate diploma in applied civil engineering geology (DESS). In 1989 Éric re-trained to become a journalist. After receiving a diploma from Université Laval in 1990, he started his new career in journalism for the CITF-FM (Québec) radio station. In 1992 he arrived at the daily La Presse. He has reported from all areas of daily life in Montreal, was Director of Information of Cyberpresse from 2002 to 2004, and currently covers the arts and performing arts.
James Fowler is an acclaimed artist, curator, founder of the 10x10 Photography Project and the Social Media Director of Akimbo. James is a strong supporter of bringing together arts professionals and the public for social and academic dialogues, development, mentorship and community building.
Landon Mackenzie is based in Vancouver where she is a Professor at Emily Carr University of Art + Design. Her large-format paintings are collected by all major museums in Canada and extensively written about both in popular media and academia. She has spoken as a visiting artist or guest lecturer at most Canadian University Art Schools and served on juries including several for the Canada Council, The BMO 1st, Plaskett Award and RBC Painting Competition. She is the recipient of the Ian Wallace Award for Excellence in Teaching and both the Golden and Diamond Jubilee Queen Elizabeth medals for her outstanding contribution. She is represented by Art 45 Gallery in Montreal.
After receiving her MA in Art History from Carleton University, Rhiannon became the Curatorial Assistant, Contemporary Art at the National Gallery of Canada. Her writing has appeared in several catalogues produced by the NGC – Arnaud Maggs: Identification (2012); It is what it is: recent acquisitions of new Canadian art (2010); Nomads (2009); Caught in the Act: The Viewer as Performer (2008) and Real Life: Ron Mueck and Guy Ben-Ner (2008) as well as Border Crossings Magazine and Canadian Art Magazine. She has curated exhibitions at the National Gallery and at the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, sat on the Board of Directors at SAW gallery, and presented her research internationally.
There are three phases to the contest:
- You have to submit your artwork image and an artist statement. You have from February 4 to April 1, 2013. No submissions will be accepted after 11:59 pm EST on April 1st!
- You have to get people to vote for your artwork. Voting happens from April 8 to May 5, 2013.
- The 12 artworks with the most votes will be displayed at the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa, from June 10 to July 5, 2013. A jury of experts will come to the Gallery to select the top three winners. Winners will be announced on June 18, 2013.
For a contest like this, we obviously have to have a few rules – click ‘Read More’ and read them carefully.
- You have to be a resident of Canada and be 16 to 19 years old as of June 18, 2013 to be eligible.
- 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.
- 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.
Take the time to read through all of the official rules for more details and for information on the prizes. It’s a good idea to get your parents to read them too.