The Canadian Art Inspiration Student Challenge

Submissions are now closed.

How It Works

Each year, students in Grades 7 through 12 are invited to create original artworks with accompanying artist statements inspired by leaders in Canadian art history. Applicants are encouraged to interpret this theme as broadly as they wish and to create works in any media.


A student submission consists of the completed submission form (including the artist statement), and a high-resolution image of the artwork.


Meet the Judges
This year’s winning works will be juried by a panel of esteemed contemporary artists, including Kent Monkman, Edward Burtynsky, and Karen Tam.


Prizes and Online Exhibition
Cash prizes of $500 for first place winners and $250 for honorable mentions will be awarded in different age categories, including Grades 7-9, and Grades 10-12.


In June of 2024, all finalists will have their artwork showcased in a national online exhibition hosted on ACI’s website.


See online exhibitions for our 2023 winners, 2022 winners, and 2021 winners.


Important Dates
Winter submissions will be accepted online January 15 – March 29, 2024.


Winners will be announced and prizes awarded in June 2024.


Resources for Teachers
Visual Arts teachers are invited to integrate the Student Challenge into their classrooms and explore the 10 inspiring art projects published annually in a bespoke creativity booklet designed for educators. Spread the word in your school community with our one-page handout, and our downloadable classroom poster.


For more information see our rules and regulations.


If you have any questions, please contact Emma Doubt, Director of Programming and Education at


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Download the new Student Creativity Booklet.

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