Manitoba Winner of BMO 1st Art 2017: Chelsey Thiessen!

Canada’s Brightest Young Artists Celebrated in 15th Annual BMO 1st Art! Competition!

U of M School of Art Alumna Chelsea Thiessen is one of the regional winners.

BMO writes:

Winners were selected from 303 entries from across the country, the highest number of submissions since the competition began in 2003. This year, the prize value is $15,000 for the national winner and $7,500 for each of the 12 regional winners. All of the BMO 1st Art! winning works will be displayed at the Justina M. Barnicke Gallery, 7 Hart House Circle, University of Toronto, from November 16 to December 16, 2017.
“From Canada’s 150th, to BMO’s 200th, to this competition’s 15th, there are many important milestones to celebrate this year,” said Gilles Ouellette, Group Head, BMO Asset Management. “BMO is proud to continue supporting this country’s substantial artistic community and provide a platform for those within it. Congratulations to this year’s winners on their works and dedication to the arts.”

Take a look at Chelsey’s award winning artwork:Thiessen_Monument(silkscreen on porcelain).jpgsilkscreen on porcelain


Thiessen_Relic III (detail).jpg

Relic III


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