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Media Advisory: 10th Annual BMO 1st Art! Exhibition

Graduating student artists from across the country will display their award winning work at the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art (MOCCA) from October 3-28, 2012



TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 19, 2012) - The BMO 1st Art! Invitational Student Art Competition celebrates the creativity and diversity of Canadian art students, and recognizes the exceptional work of graduating student artists chosen from eligible post-secondary institutions nationwide.

What: BMO 1st Art! Exhibition 2012
An exhibition of original award-winning works of art by graduating student artists from across Canada at MOCCA
The (esteemed) judges for the 10th annual competition are:
jake moore, Artist and Director, FOFA Gallery, Concordia University
Candice Hopkins, Elizabeth Simonfay Assistant Curator, National Gallery of Canada
Kathleen Ritter, Artist and Associate Curator, Vancouver Art Gallery
Nicholas Brown, Independent Curator
Gilles G. Ouellette, President & Chief Executive Officer, Private Client Group, BMO Financial Group and Deputy Chairman, BMO Nesbitt Burns
Dawn Cain, Curator, Corporate Art Collection, BMO Financial Group.
Who: Winners of the BMO 1st Art! Invitational Student Art Competition 2012
1 National Winner
12 Regional Winners
When: October 3-28, 2012
Where: Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art (MOCCA)
952 Queen Street West, Toronto
Hours: Tuesday through Sunday, from 11 am to 6 pm
Closed Mondays
Admission to the gallery is FREE

About BMO Financial Group

Established in 1817 as Bank of Montreal, BMO Financial Group is a highly diversified North American financial services organization. With total assets of $542 billion as at July 31, 2012, and more than 46,000 employees, BMO Financial Group provides a broad range of retail banking, wealth management and investment banking products and solutions.

For media inquiries about the
BMO 1st Art! Invitational Student Art Competition 2012,
please contact: BMO 1st Art!
Holly Beetham
(647) 289-7087
holly.beetham@yahoo.ca

BMO Financial Group
Beja Rodeck, Toronto
(416) 867-3996
beja.rodeck@bmo.com

Valerie Doucet, Montreal
(514) 877-8224
valerie.doucet@bmo.com

Laurie Grant, Vancouver
(604) 665-7596
laurie.grant@bmo.com