2023 Canada Youth Visual Art Contest

The 2023 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 endeavors and to discover outstanding artistic and design talents around the world.

Last year, we received 557 inspiring entries from 10 countries and regions. The winning art and design pieces were selected by our jury members who include internationally esteemed artists, top university art professors, admissions officers, and renowned senior-level competition judges. Through fundraising and a charity sale featuring winning pieces, $17,383 CAD was raised to benefit BC Children’s Hospital Foundation!

Prizes:

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

Certificates:

Letter of congratulations signed by the BC Minister of State for Child Care; Award certificates; Exhibition certificates; Charity donation certificate if the winners’ artwork is sold in the charity sale; Charity Ambassador certificates for those who make special fundraising efforts. “Excellent Instructor” awards will be presented to the tutors whose students who win a “Silver Prize” or above. “Outstanding Organization” awards will be presented to organizations who submit 50 pieces or more.

Age Groups:

Group A: age 5-8
Group B: age 9-12
Group C: age 13-17
Group D: age 18-23

Registration:

Feb – April 10, 2022
Open to everyone ages 5 – 23

Theme: The World We Live In

It’s the same world but perceived in different ways. Our rich experiences have shaped our unique perspectives, and due to that indeed, the world has manifested itself with infinite sceneries. What does the diverse and inclusive world look like to you? Pick up your tools, use your imagination, and share the wonderful world in your eyes with your creativity!


Show your creativity!

There are no restrictions on the materials used to create the submissions, including but not limited to drawing, painting, illustration, cartoons, animation, short videos, photography, digital art, sculpture, installation art and design pieces such as visual design, fashion design, interior design, user interaction design and architecture design etc. 

The size of 2D work 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. All pictures should be taken in high definition. Please pay attention to the light when shooting, so as not to include shadows in the final picture. Do not include irrelevant objects or backgrounds in the picture. All submissions should be no smaller than 1MB.

Online submission only. Participants may only submit one artwork each.


Registration & Payment

$30 CAD per entry.

Pay on registration form or use these methods:

A) E-transfer to [email protected]
B) Cash or Cheque dropped off or mailed to AOMA: 2408 W 41 Ave, Vancouver, BC V6M 2A7
C) Paypal – Click Here
D) Alipay & WeChat: use QR code.

If you prefer one of the payment methods listed above, please pay before you fill out your form. Take a screenshot of your confirmation and send it to [email protected] with your full name and birthdate to receive a coupon code. Then go to “Individual Registration Form” to complete your submission.

Credit card payments can be made on our Individual Registration Form directly.

Coming soon!

If you cannot fill in the information or upload your artwork here, please download and fill in the PDF version registration form (coming soon), and email it with your artwork to [email protected]


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 senior member of the Federation of Canadian Artists. He has taught at institutions such as Vancouver Film School, and Capilano University for over 20 years. He is the head instructor at Academy of Modern Art. 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.

Maureen Garvin

Maureen Garvin is the Dean of the School of Foundation Studies and the School of Fine Arts at Savannah College of Art and Design. Her previous teaching experience includes Penn State, Moore College of Art, Philadelphia University, Trenton State College, and Temple University. Professor Garvin’s studio work includes large oil pastel and mixed media works on paper and canvas.  Her work has been exhibited in Atlanta, Chicago, New York City, and Philadelphia, as well as Beijing, and London. She has presented at FATE, SECAC, and Think Tank as well.

Will Colpoys

Will Colpoys (he/they) is the admission officer at School of Visual Arts and an animator with a BFA in Animation from the School of Visual Arts. They grew up with one foot in rural Upstate New York and the other in Southwest Florida before following their dreams in the Big City. Will is always eager for the opportunity to connect with other up-and-coming artists. Will is excited to be a judge again for this year’s competition! 

Alessandra Torres

Alessandra Torres is the MICA International Admission Counselor and MICA sculpture faculty member. Torres’s performances, installations, and photographs have been exhibited nationally and internationally. Her work is included in numerous private and public art collections including the Art In Embassies Program and The DC Art Bank. She has participated in such prestigious residencies as The Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture, and Vermont Studio Center. Alessandra received an MFA in Sculpture from Virginia Commonwealth University. 

More jury coming soon, including:

Kimberly White  (Ringling), Joni Taylor (AUArts), Dr. Megan Smith (UBC)


Host Organization:

Host Organizer:

Co-Organizer:

Special Assistance:

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Charity Partner:


VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation provide the
funds essential to ensuring that our hospitals and healthcare teams can deliver BC’s best, most specialized care for adults. We raise funds for VGH, UBC Hospital, GF Strong Rehab Centre, the Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute and Vancouver Community HealthServices.

Donate to Vancouver General Hospital Foundation

To donate to VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation, you can choose the following donation methods:

1. Visit the VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation + CYVAC Official Donation Website. VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation will email you the tax receipt after your donation.

2. Please click on the contest’s fundraising teams to make a donation. Currently, the fundraising groups have: Youth Initiative Vancouver, AOMA Family, and Andrew Eva and Ricky Tan (bcchf.ca).

Hope everyone can support them! More fundraising groups are welcome to join. The groups that have achieved the fundraising goals can receive an extraordinary “Charity Ambassador” certificate from the Competition Organizing Committee and the VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation. 

3. E-transfer to [email protected] 

4. Write a cheque to YOUTH INITIATIVE VANCOUVER SOCIETY. The address is 2408 West 41 Ave, Vancouver, BC, V6M 2A7. 

Please include your name and contact info along with your donation. Contact us at [email protected] or (778) 680-2408 if you would like a donation receipt.