Presse et médias


  • BMO 1st Art! Award: Georgia Dawkin
    Canada News Media, October 27, 2022
  • Carving out a piece of the artistic pie: U of M alumna Solange Roy awarded with the BMO 1st Art! art prize
    The Manitoban, October 25, 2022
  • A portrait of success: Two SOVA students celebrate BMO 1st Art! awards
    Yukon News, October 13, 2022
  • Halifax artist Ivan Flores wins provincial prize
    in BMO 1st Art! competition
    The Coast, October 4, 2022
  • Yukon Student Wins BMO 1st Art!
    Galleries West, October 3, 2022


  • Making a mark in the art world
    What's Up Yukon?, October 5, 2020
  • 20 Questions with Corner Brook artist Kathleen Elliott
    The Chronicle Herald, October 4, 2020
  • Graphic Design graduate wins award
    Holland College, September 30, 2020
  • Yukon artist’s work featured in national exhibit
    Yukon News, September 29, 2020
  • Artist discovers blueprint for success
    Winnipeg Free Press, September 25, 2020
  • Yukon ‘snow artist’ wins 18th annual 1st Art! contest for her work
    Humber News, September 23, 2020
  • Rey Tatad talks winning BMO 1st Art! for Saskatchewan
    CTV Morning Live Regina, September 18, 2020
  • Art student wins competition with blue prints
    Winnipeg Free Press, September 18, 2020
  • The best art shows to see in Toronto this fall
    NOW Magazine, September 18, 2020
  • 5 Good Things That Happened in Calgary
    Avenue Calgary, September 18, 2020
  • Matt Cripps reps New Brunswick in BMO 1st Art! win
    Created Here – Jerry-Faye Flatt, September 18, 2020
  • Alberta University of the Arts Grads Win Prestigious
    BMO 1st Art! Competition
    Alberta University of the Arts, September 18, 2020
  • Arctic College student scores $7.5k art prize with
    ‘Finding Hope’ necklace
    QIA Blog, September 18, 2020
  • Calgary arts students scoop national prizes
    Calgary Herald, September 17, 2020
  • OCAD U grad regional winner at BMO 1st Art! competition
    OCAD University, September 17, 2020
  • NAC Student wins art prize for Nunavut
    Nunavut Artic College, September 17, 2020
  • Favron wins BMO art award
    CBC Airplay with Dave White, September 16, 2020
  • 5 questions with… OCAD’s Tian Cao winner of BMO 1st Art! competition
    Hye's Musings, September 16, 2020
  • ‘A Day in the Life’ with digital/technical artist Tian Cao
    Toronto Guardian, September 16, 2020
  • Calgary Artist Simone Saunders Wins BMO 1st Art! Contest
    Galleries West, September 16, 2020
  • BMO 1st Art! Returns to Celebrate Canadian Artists in its First Ever Virtual Exhibition
    Canadian Insider, September 15, 2020
  • U of M student wins big in Canada-wide competition
    The Manitobian, September 15, 2020
  • News briefs for September 15, 2020
    Winnipeg Free Press, September 15, 2020
  • Gjoa Haven jeweller wins art prize for Nunavut
    Nuntsiaq News, September 15, 2020
  • Albertan wins in BMO 1st Art!
    CBC Radio Active, September 15, 2020
  • NSCAD grad wins big award from BMO art competition
    Global Morning News Halifax, September 15, 2020


  • Sobey Art Award: Artists 2020
    National Gallery of Canada, April 2020
    BMO 1st Art! national winner Luther Konadu is on the longlist of for this year’s Sobey award
  • Interview/Feature with Preston Pavlis
    The Griff, January 8, 2020
  • BMO 1st Art Competition
    ARTORONTO, November 21, 2019
  • BMO 1st Art! Exhibition 2019
    Akimbo, November 21, 2019
  • BMO 1st Art: Banking on the Success of Emerging Artists
    The Artist and the Viewer, November 21, 2019
  • Jimuel Belarmino talks winning BMO 1st Art!
    CTV Morning Live, November 4, 2019
  • Winnipeg-based artist receives national art prize for portrait work
    Winnipeg Free Press, October 25, 2019
  • UTSC artist fuses art and technology into award-winning piece
    University of Toronto SC, October 4, 2019
  • Mount Allison graduate wins BMO 1st Art competition with series of photographs documenting eroding coastlines.
    The Argosy, September 25, 2019
  • Iqaluit artist Kaleigh Rose Tagak wins top prize
    Nunavut News, September 6, 2019
  • Iqaluit art student wins BMO art prize
    Nunatsiaq News, September 4, 2019
  • BMO 1st Art! results
    The Buzz, August 30, 2019
  • SOVA grad named Yukon winner of 2019 BMO 1st Art! Competition
    Yukon News, August 29, 2019
  • Cheyenne Rain LeGrande Wins BC Prize in the BMO 1st Art! Competition
    ECUAD, August 28, 2019
  • Alberta winner of the 2019 BMO 1st Art! Competition
    CBC Radio Active, August 28, 2019
  • Cheyenne Rain LeGrande Wins BC Prize in the BMO 1st Art! Competition
    Education News Canada, August 28, 2019
  • Halifax artist Séamus Gallagher wins national 1st Art! competition
    The Coast, August 18, 2019
  • Interview with Robyn McLeod, Yukon winner
    CBC Airplay with Dave White, August 15, 2019
  • Lauréate en arts visuels - Charline Dally est la lauréate régionale pour le Québec du 17e concours 1res Œuvres! de BMO.
    Actualites UQAM, August 14, 2019
  • Artwork by U of M grad earns top BMO prize
    University of Manitoba, August 13, 2019
  • BMO 1st Art! Competition Recognizes Fresh Perspectives from Emerging Canadian Artists
    Yahoo! Finance, August 12, 2019
  • Cheyenne Rain LeGrande wins B.C. prize for BMO 1st Art! emerging
    The Georgia Straight, August 12, 2019
  • Winners of 2019 BMO 1st Art! Competition
    Galleries West, August 8, 2019


  • Treize artistes émergents de partout au Canada honorés dans le cadre du concours 1res Œuvres! de BMO : communiqué de presse, 24 juillet 2018
    communiqué de presse


  • Entretiens avec les lauréats lors de la soirée d’ouverture de
    l’exposition 1res Œuvres! de BMO de 2017
    regarder la vidéo
  • Nunavut Arctic College art student’s creations merit BMO award
    Nunatsiaq Online, August 11, 2017
    An Iqaluit art school student has won the Bank of Montreal BMO 1st Art! award for Nunavut.
  • SOVA student honoured with First Art! award
    CBC Radio One Yukon: Airplay, August 15, 2017
    Interview with Kayza Degraff-Ford.
  • Queen's grad wins Ontario art award
    Kingston Whig-Standard—Ashley Rhamsey, August 17, 2017
    This year, Ontario’s prize-winning piece is Overripe, a painting by Queen’s University fine art student Jessica Peterson.
  • Canada’s Brightest Young Artists Celebrated in 15th Annual BMO 1st Art! Competition
    Klondike Sun, August 23, 2017
    Feature on BMO 1st Art! winner Kayza Degraff-Ford.
  • Queen’s grad takes home provincial art award
    Queen’s Journal—Pamoda Wijekoon, September 8, 2017
    When Jessica Peterson was first told she had won the BMO 1st Art! competition for Ontario for her artwork Overindulgence, her immediate reaction was panic. “Oh my god,” she remembered, “I left [the painting] in a barn!”
  • NSCAD grad Annabel Biro Represents N.S. Nationally
    Chronicle Herald—Tim Arsenault, September 28, 2017
    The recent NSCAD University graduate is this year’s regional winner for Nova Scotia in the 1st Art! competition, an annual event sponsored by BMO Financial Group that’s in its 15th year.
  • Wine and food festival marks 20th birthday
    Calgary Herald—Michele Jarvie, September 30, 2017
    A Calgary grad is among the winners of a national arts competition.
  • Corner Brook artist Lauren Brinson’s tin can phone piece translates into an award
    Corner Brook Western Star—Gary Kean, October 1, 2017
    Lauren Brinson knew she had a good shot at winning, but to get the nod for a prize chosen from among her classmates is an absolute thrill.
  • “Small Talk” Wins Big: Local Artist Lauren Brinson Earns National Recognition
    The OverCast—Eva Crocker, October 5, 2017
    Recent Grenfell graduate Lauren Brinson has been named a regional winner of the 2017 BMO 1st Art! award for her piece “Small Talk.” The annual award recognizes excellence in visual arts by post-secondary students from all across Canada.
  • Robert Amos: The varied landscape of local art
    Victoria Times Colonist—Robert Amos, October 8, 2017
    The Bank of Montreal Financial Group’s 15th annual BMO 1st Art! competition honours visual arts excellence in post-secondary institutions from coast to coast. National winner of the BMO 1st Art! competition is Xiao Xue, and B.C.’s regional winner is James Fermor, both recent graduates of the University of Victoria. article (pdf)
  • Former SOVA student evokes Prairie childhood in award-winning artwork
    Yukon News—Jackie Hong, October 19, 2017
    DeGraff-Ford, who did a one-year program at SOVA from September 2016 to April 2017, was the 2017 regional winner for the Yukon, which, on top of being part of the Toronto showing, comes with a $7,500 prize. article (pdf)
  • N.B. Graduate selected as regional winner in national art competition
    Bell Media New Brunswick—Brad Perry, October 16, 2017
    A New Brunswick College of Arts & Design graduate is one of 13 winners in a national art competition that honours visual arts excellence in post-secondary institutions.
  • Small Talk, Big Phones: MUN Graduate wins BMO 1st Art! Competition
    The Muse—Natalie Dignam, October 16, 2017
    Have you ever use two cans and some string to make a “phone” when you were a kid? Lauren Brinson, a recent graduate of Memorial’s visual arts program, made the grown-up version in her interactive sculpture, Small Talk. Two 18-inch cans that fit over your head literally surround you with the voice of the person on the other end, and may even bring you back to the days of hanging out with your best friend from down the street.
  • Harnessing Success In Scraps Of Failures
    The Manitoban—Olivia Michalczuk, October 19, 2017
    University of Manitoba school of art alumna Chelsey Thiessen was selected as the regional winner for a national art competition.
  • P.E.I. graphic artist regional winner for digital print
    CBC Radio One's Mainstreet P.E.I.—Gail Harding, October 20, 2017
    A recent graduate of the graphic design program at Holland College was the P.E.I. regional winner in a national art contest for his digital print titled, A Year in Review.
  • BMOo 1st Art! honours gifted art students across canada with significant investment and gallery exhibit
    She Does The City—Jen McNeely, October 25, 2017
    We love BMO 1st Art! It is an annual initiative that not only honours and celebrates young artists in Canada but also grants its winners a game-changing monetary investment: BMO will reward twelve regional winners with $7,500, and one national winner will receive $15,000. For emerging artists trying to support themselves and establish their careers, this award can make a huge difference.
  • Interview with Annabel Biro (Radio)
    News 95.7, Sheldon MacLeod Show—Sheldon MacLeod, October 26, 2017
    In-studio interview with Annabel around her provincial win.
  • Holland College grad Aidan Searle is regional winner
    The Buzz PEI—Staff, October 30, 2017
    Holland College graduate, Aidan Searle, is this year’s regional winner for the province of PEI for his submission, A Year In Review, a digital print depicting his financial, cognitive, and social triumphs and struggles during a year of life.
  • Interview with Audie Murray (Radio)
    CBC Radio One, The Morning Edition Saskatchewan, November 3, 2017
    Interview with Audie around her provincial win.
  • BealArt grad among BMO prize winners
    London Free Press—Joe Belanger, November 6, 2017
    Annabel Biro, 23, who graduated from Nova Scotia College of Art & Design University last spring, is one of 13 artists being honoured in the 15th annual BMO 1st Art competition.
  • Annabel Biro: Beal grad won major art prize
    Newstalk 1920 London—Staff, November 7, 2017
    In-studio interview with Annabel Biro about her London roots and provincial win.
  • Queen's grad wins Ontario art award—interview with Jessica Peterson
    The Kingston Whig-Standard, August 17, 2017
  • Nunavut Arctic College art student’s creations merit BMO award: Anne Qammaniq-Hellwig’s headbands receive top Nunavut honour
    Nunatsiaq Online, August 11, 2017
  • Cartes publicitaire conçue par les élèves pour la compétition de 2017
    printemps (pdf) l'automne (pdf)


  • Entretiens avec les lauréats lors de la soirée d’ouverture de
    l’exposition 1res Œuvres! de BMO de 2016
    regarder la vidéo
  • Holland College grad wins art prize with zombie hands, bats
    CBC News Prince Edward Island, October 21, 2016
  • Rouzbeh Akhbari discusses BMO 1st Art! contest
    CP24 Breakfast Weekend November 13, 2016
  • BMO 1st Art! Invitational—interview with Kristen Auger (video)
    Global News New Brunswick, October 26, 2016
  • Taking it to the Street
    The Globe and Mail, December 16, 2016
  • Street people come indoors in award-winning wallpaper
    LocalXpress, October 30, 2016
  • Student-artist takes home big win
    Northern News Services, August 15, 2016
  • Kristeen Auger’s art a connection to her Cree culture
    Regina Leader Post, November 1, 2016
  • U of M Alumna’s Painting Wins Regional Award
    The Manitoban, November 2, 2016
  • Catalogue (pdf) de 1res Œuvres! de BMO de 2016
    catalogue (pdf)


  • Calgary artists snare top prizes in BMO arts competition
    Calgary Herald, October 20, 2015
  • Ramona Barkhouse, Nunavut Arctic College student, wins art prize
    CBC News North, August 7, 2015
  • Father's heart operation inspires artist
    Kingston This Week, August 13, 2015
    article (pdf)
  • Student earns recognition; Calgarians win top prize provincially and nationally
    Metro News Calgary, September 9, 2015
    article (pdf)
  • BMO Arts Competition winner pours heart into art
    The Queen’s University Journal, September 18, 2015
  • Oil painting wins $5,000 prize
    Saskatoon Star Phoenix, September 2, 2015
    article (pdf)
  • BMO 1st Art! Student Competition
    Toronto Star, October 24, 2015
    article (pdf)
  • Catalogue (pdf) de 1res Œuvres! de BMO de 2015
    catalogue (pdf)


  • Interview with 2014 winners Lisa-Marie Bissonnette and Samuel de Lange (video)
    Global News, The Morning Show, October 1, 2014
  • Cartes publicitaire conçue par les élèves pour la compétition de 2014
    printemps (pdf) l'automne (pdf)
  • Catalogue (pdf) de 1res Œuvres! de BMO de 2014
    catalogue (pdf)