How can we find beauty in the everyday? What are your most cherished surroundings? How do you connect with your neighbours? What are the food traditions in your family? These questions were at the heart of our student challenge this year, prompting young artists in Grades 7 through 12 to create original works inspired by remarkable trailblazers including Daphne Odjig (1919–2016), Alex Colville (1920–2013), and C.D. Hoy (1883–1973). As one of this year’s finalists poetically notes, Canadian artists throughout history hold the power to ignite a “passionate fire for art… that has been passed down to future artists.” The range of this year’s visual responses to those who have come before is a reminder of the creative significance of Canadian art history—and its vital role in passing the torch to our next generation of makers.