Congratulations to the winners of Dentons Purple Art Contest!
We thank the public for voting for this year’s winners:
Under Age 18 Category: Rashad Timona
My name is Rashad and I am a grade 10 student living in Sherwood Park. I wanted to depict an outgoing and harmonic community in this art piece, as well as capture the feel of living in a large bustling city like Edmonton.
Age 18 and Over Category: Julie McKay
Sgt. Pepper (2019)
My work is often compared to the vintage 'paint by number' kits many of us completed as children, but I like to think of my pieces as abstracted reality portraits. I break down reference photographs by isolating lines and shapes, then build the portraits up with hundreds of individually mixed colors. So, while this chocolate lab may seem a little less obviously purple from a distance, trust me when I say that there are dozens of purples sprinkled throughout this piece.
We thank all participating artists and our partner, Dentons, for making this year’s contest possible. Here are the shortlisted artworks:
Supporting Young and Emerging Alberta Artists
Supporting art and artists in Alberta is the mission of the Art Gallery of Alberta (AGA), and we are thrilled to once again partner with Dentons to pass on that support to young and emerging artists through the Dentons annual Purple Art Contest.
As part of the AGA’s 2022 Annual Giving Campaign, the Dentons Purple Art Contest gave emerging and student artists a chance to win up to $300 in prize money. The AGA started the public call for submissions on October 8. We received 41 submissions for the Under Age 18 category and 58 submissions for the Age 18 and Above category. Following a shortlisting process led by our partner, Dentons, the AGA promoted the shortlisted artworks and artists, and invited the public to cast their vote (both online and in-person) for the winners from November 18 to 30. 1400 votes were received and winners were announced on December 1. The AGA and Dentons thank everyone's support and participation for making this year's contest a success. The shortlisted artworks will continue to be displayed in the Gallery until December 11, 2022.