An innovative rug hooking with detachable letters has landed Grenfell visual arts student Emily Hayes a $7,500 prize from the BMO 1st Art! competition.
Titled "Imagine your own message here and changing daily," Ms. Hayes' 24×38 inch rug hooking allows velcro-ed detachable letters to be changed by the viewer. Her work and the works of the other winners can be viewed on the BMO 1st Art! website.
The invitational competition presents emerging artists with cash awards of $15,000 to one national winner and $7,500 to 12 regional winners from coast to coast. An esteemed panel of jurors selected the 13 outstanding works from a pool of 291 submissions.
Deans and instructors of 110 undergraduate student art programs were invited to select three graduating students from each of their studio specialties to submit a recent work.
For the first time in the competition's history, the 2019 submission guidelines allowed for time-based media including video, film, slide, audio and computer technologies, in addition to the previously accepted mediums of drawing, printmaking, photography, painting, sculpture, glass, ceramics, textiles, mixed media, and installation works.
Along with the other winners, Ms. Hayes' work will be presented at the BMO 1st Art! exhibition, Museum of Contemporary Art, Toronto, Nov. 21-Dec. 16.