2021 CYVAC

Announcing Our 2021 CYVAC Winners!

Congratulations to the 2021 CYVAC winners, selected from 1,256 entries and 20 countries! A total of 4 Grand Prize, 9 Gold Prize, 20 Silver Prize, and 204 Outstanding Artwork were selected. Thanks to all participants, instructors, collaborators, sponsors, and parents!

Excellent Instruction Awards:

Cara Bain,Chuyue Shelly Zhang,Yan Li,Alex King,Xicun Wu,Rosana Wu,Elki Ruan,Lily Yuan ,陈闻,崔琳,崔佳嘉,丁燕,李莹莹,罗征,倪雪,覃骏,项焱,徐蓉,赵诗洁

Outstanding Organization Awards:

Academy of Modern Art 奥玛现代艺术设计学院, Lily Yuan Art Studio, Pythagoras Academy, Sea Moms Club, 北京市西城区学生综合实践活动中心, 冰妮老师画室, 创异玩家艺菲校区, 达芬奇创意美术画室, 葛铭华艺空间, 广东省湛江霞山启明学校, 广东省江门市新会第一中学 , 杭州麦田创意美术 , 杭州缤纷鸟滨江校区, 兰苑画室, 圃稼园画室, 沈阳品格美术工作室, 童心如画视觉艺术馆, 温西吴老师画室, 艺点点, 优逸艺术, 真艺坊美育中心, 中浙美术

Endorsement Letters:

The 2021 Canada Youth Visual Art Contest (CYVAC) is hosted by Youth Initiative Vancouver (YIV), and co-organized by Academy of Modern Art (AOMA). The contest aims to encourage multicultural communication and philanthropic endeavours, and to discover outstanding artistic and design talents around the world. Our jury includes internationally esteemed artists, top university art professors, and renowned senior-level competition judges. Winning art and design pieces will be organized into a charity sale to benefit UNICEF and help improve the lives of the most vulnerable children in the world. With the funds raised, children will be provided with food, water, medical care, and education, because every child has the right to grow up in a safe and healthy environment. Our contest organizers have five years of experience hosting international art events and we’re looking forward to the success of CYVAC this year!


  • Grand prize winner ($500 Scholarship)
  • Gold prize winners ($100 Each)
  • Silver prize winners ($50 Each)
  • Outstanding Artwork Winner (Certificates)


All winners will be given a letter of congratulations signed by the BC Minister of State for Child Care, as well as award certificates, exhibition certificates, and digital catalogues. If winners’ artwork is sold in the charity sale, they will also receive a charity donation certificate.

Show your creativity!

There are no restrictions on the materials used to create the submissions, including but not limited to drawing, painting, illustration, cartoon, animation, short-video, photography, digital art, design, sculpture and installation art, etc. The size of 2D artwork such as painting and design should be clearly photographed and should be no smaller than 20×30 cm and no larger than 40×55 cm. The size of 3D work such as sculpture and installation should be within 60×60×60cm. The size of digital art and film should be no larger than 300MB. All submissions of any medium should be no smaller than 500KB. Online submissions only. Participants may only submit one artwork each.

Competition Jury:

Gu Xiong

Gu Xiong is a Professor of Department of Art History, Visual Art, and Theory at the University of British Columbia, was the judge of the National Arts Council of Canada and a multimedia China/Canadian Contemporary artist. His works have been collected by the National Gallery of Canada, the National Art Museum of China and many other museums and individuals, and he has received many commissions from the United States and Canada to create a number of public artworks.

Andrew McDermott

Andrew McDermott is a well-known artist and the President and a senior member for the Federation of Canadian Artists. He has been awarded national MEDALS of art many times, and his works have won many top international awards. Andrew has also been a judge for many international art competitions; In 2019, he was invited to be the chairman of The 34th IAPS Juried Exhibition, the world’s most influential pastel contest. He is the only judge who has the right to decide the final 10 winners.

Rachael McCall

Rachael is lead designer at HDA-x, faculty at SCI-Arc, Southern California Institute of Architecture teaching undergraduate and graduate design studios and visual studies seminars, and a well-known designer based in Los Angeles, California. Her work speculates on the intersection of architecture, design, and technology, exploring multiple media, digital platforms, film, and installations. Rachael’s work has been exhibited in group and solo shows in Los Angeles, Australia, Greece, Sweden, The Netherlands, and Japan, and published in Italy, Australia, the USA, and UK.

Host Organization:

Host Organizer: Youth Initiative Vancouver
Co-Organizer(s): Academy of Modern Art
Special Assitance: Canadian Community Service Association
Charity Partner: UNICEF Canada

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