BMO Financial Group recently announced Donald Price of Holland College as PEI’s winner for its 19th annual BMO 1st Art! competition. One national winner and 11 regional winners were announced. Each regional winner was awarded $7500 and all selected works will be showcased in a free virtual exhibition hosted by The Art Museum at the University of Toronto from November 16 to December 8 at artmuseum.utoronto.ca.
Price was named PEI’s regional winner for his original work, Egg and Chain. Tackling feelings that are difficult for the artist to express outright, such as being held down by childhood trauma; feeling weak because others have weathered the same situation and thrived; and feeling ignored and unsupported, Egg and Chain aims to package these feelings into something more palatable for both the artist and the viewer.
The annual competition invites deans and instructors from 110 undergraduate art programs across Canada to nominate three students from each of their studio specialties to submit a recent work. A panel of jurors selected this year’s winning works from a pool of a record 336 submissions.