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First Capital Realty establishes sculpture contest, award for graduate students at Concordia
August 7, 2013
By Louise Morgan

Concordia’s Faculty of Fine Arts is recognized as a leading producer of creative talent in Canada by First Capital Realty. The company has established a sculpture contest and award for graduate students at the university.

“We’re proud to support promising emerging artists and contribute to the many communities in which we live and work,” says Gregory Menzies, Executive Vice President, Eastern Canada, at First Capital Realty, Canada’s leading owner, developer and operator of neighborhood shopping centres.

The winner’s sculpture will be showcased prominently at Beaconsfield Shopping Centre | Courtesy First Capital Realty

The winning artist’s sculpture will permanently adorn the main open space of the Beaconsfield Shopping Centre, in Montreal’s West Island, providing visibility to the artist and enhancing the aesthetic experience of visitors.

The contest is intended to recognize top talent and encourage creativity by removing the financial barriers to producing a larger work. It will be open to Master’s of Fine Arts students in their second, third or fourth year of study in Concordia’s Department of Studio Arts.

The winning student — judged on a maquette of their proposed sculpture — will receive $15,000 to realize their artwork.

“Not only will the contest offer our graduate sculpture students a rare opportunity to see their work realized in full scale, it will provide them with an opportunity to explore a site-specific installation including consideration of social parameters and client needs,” says Catherine Wild, dean of Concordia’s Faculty of Fine Arts.

First Capital Realty also established a separate $7000 financial award for a graduate student of sculpture.

This collaboration with Concordia marks the expansion of an art project begun three years ago with the Ontario College of Art and Design University across the greater Toronto area.

Submissions for the sculpture contest will be accepted starting in September, when application information will be available at The winner will be announced in January.

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