Cash available for student artists 

Up to $2,000 up for grabs through provincial government program

Up to $2,000 is up for grabs through a new student art competition sponsored by the B.C. government.

Youth in grades nine through 12 can enter in the Earth Day Art Show and Competition aimed at showing student artists' impressions of important environmental issues.

The top 50 art works will be exhibited throughout April 2011 at the Newton Cultural Centre in Surrey, which will also host a gala on Earth Day, April 22, 2011.

"Talented, artistic young people in communities across the province represent British Columbia's artists of the future," said B.C.'s Cultural Development Minister Stephanie Cadieux.

"Given the interest in the environment shared by many young British Columbians, I'm confident the competition will result in some first-rate thought-provoking art."

The competition offers $3,500 in total prize money with $2,000 for first place, $1,000 for second and $500 for third.

A panel of three members form B.C.'s arts community will jury submissions through the Arts Council of Surrey. They will consider an entrant's background research, content sophistication and technical skill.

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In other provincial art news, the Province recognized Iisaak Forest Resources, a First nations-owned company, for donating Western Red Cedar plans that were used to create many of the 23 podiums at the Olympic and Paralympic Games. The podiums used 18 different types of wood donated from around B.C. The pieces were cut by precision machinery at the University of British Columbia and then assembled by Olympic sponsor Rona.

Iisaak received a shadow box made from the same type fo wood they donated.




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