So You Want To Be an Artist is an art contest for youth ages 16 – 19. It has been presented by the National Gallery of Canada for the last 5 years. Participants are invited to submit images of their artwork and an artist statement which are then showcased on this website.
Twelve artworks are selected by popular vote and three additional artworks are selected by a curator at the Gallery. These 15 artworks are displayed at the Gallery and a jury selects a first, second and third place winner who all receive gift cards for art materials. The top winner travels to Ottawa for a behind-the-scenes visit and a portfolio review.
Youth across Canada have shown us just how creative and talented they are. We’re inspired by what we’ve seen. That’s why we’re thinking about ways to make So You Want To Be an Artist even better.
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