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Murray Jacob Clerkson Award

$1,000 Cash Prize

To apply send info to

1. Name, address, phone, email
(South Georgian Bay area residents only)
2. Media
3. Why you consider yourself an emerging artist
4. Five(5) images of your work
5. Your artistic philosophy, "mission", or objectives (50 words or less)
6. Curriculum Vitae or artistic journey so far (200 words max)
7. Letter of recommendation (not from a relative)
In Person, bring the following to 65 Simcoe St.:
1. A recent piece of your art. (to remain for 1 month)
2. An explanation of why you chose this piece
3. $20 application fee (non-refundable)

Deadline: April 25th, 2019

65 Simcoe St., Studio 4, Collingwood, L9Y 1H7


About Murray Clerkson
Murray Clerkson was a well known local artist with a dramatic flair in his own art. Throughout his own career, he strongly supported new and emerging artists by investing in their work and freely and positively commenting on their achievement.

About the Award
The prestigious Murray Clerkson Award has been created by bequest to the Blue Mountain Foundation for the Arts by the late Mr. Clerkson. It is intended to celebrate the accomplishments of an outstanding, local, emerging, visual artist who demonstrated potential for significant contribution to the arts. It is given to an individual who has shown courage and determination in becoming an artist. Murray's wish is that the award would recognize an evolving or emerging artist,

not yet professionally established, but who has reached a stage where he/she now possesses a body of work that indicates strength, purpose and commitment. The award is open to artists residing in the South Georgian Bay area, working in any visual arts discipline.

About the BMFA
The Blue Mountain Foundation for the Arts has been the pre-eminent, non-profit organization in the South Georgian Bay area for over 44 years. Through annual volunteer organized events such as the Juried Art Shows, the Photo Essay Exhibit and Robert Kemp Arts Award, we continue to support and promote the work of talented artists who work in a wide range of creative fields. We offer art opportunites for all ages throughout our community and in our galleries on Simcoe St.
The Blue Mountain Foundation for the Arts is proud of the contribution it makes to our regional artists and the vibrancy, well-being and economy of our community as a whole

David Rawlings, Hilary Slater, Pat Ransom, Carol Rath and Ona Alisauskas.