Museum of Anthropology Shop Emerging Indigenous Artist Contest

Date: Mar 13, 2020

Deadline: Apr 30, 2020 - 11:45 pm

The UBC Museum of Anthropology is seeking artwork submissions for the Museum Shop's 7th annual Emerging Indigenous Artist Contest. The contest is open to any individual 15–25 years of age who identifies as Indigenous, Aboriginal, First Nations, Inuit or Métis, and international submissions are welcomed. We happily accept existing artworks, and artists retain full copyright over any submissions.

The winning artwork will be printed on a t-shirt and sold and promoted exclusively through the MOA Shop for one year and the winner will receive both a $250 prize and royalties from every sale. 

The entry deadline is April 30, 2020. 

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The MOA Shop Emerging Indigenous Artist Contest began in 2014 as the MOA Shop T-shirt Contest and was created in conjunction with MOA’s 2014 award-wining exhibition Claiming Space: Voices of Urban Aboriginal Youth. The contest is meant to provide space for young indigenous artists to share their story and showcase their art in a supportive and professional environment.

In 2019, we saw our first ever tie with two incredible artists both winning the contest. Co-winner Maka Monture Päki’s powerful piece Not Invisible depicts a female guardian with a labret piercing and healing hands in honour of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women. Co-winner John Velten’s delicate hummingbird design represents his views towards “learning about who I am and where we reside” and also symbolizes the positive impact he believes artwork can have as a means to serve his community. Other past winners have embodied many facets of what it means to be a young Indigenous artist today. For more past winners visit here.

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