Fort McMurray Students Recognized for their Art Accomplishments

Arts Council Wood Buffalo (ACWB) and Suncor are pleased to announce the 2017 recipients of the Suncor Student Art Awards (SSAA). This is a partnership program between ACWB and Suncor, which began in 2014. The purpose of the program is to increase the reach and impact of artwork created within the school system and to build the confidence of emerging artists to exhibit their work. The Kim Jenkins Student Art Scholarship, as well as various cash and gift card prizes were awarded to high school and junior high students in both the Catholic and Public school districts.

Throughout the year, Suncor hosts three student art exhibitions at their Business Centre: one for Public High Schools, one for Catholic High Schools, and one that includes the Suncor employee voted favourite High School pieces from the first 2 exhibitions as well as the work of Junior High students from both districts.

The recipients of the 2017 Suncor Student Art Awards were decided by Suncor employee voting. For the high school exhibitions, first place recipients received $500, second place $300, and third place $200. Fourth and fifth place honourable mentions received $50 gift cards to WeeBounce Art Supplies store, located in The Art Foundry at River Station, Fort McMurray. Junior high exhibition award received $200 for first place and $50 gift card from WeeBounce Art Supplies store for 2nd-5th place.

The Catholic High Schools exhibition, which ran January 2017, had the following results: First Place to Amy Munoz Morales of Father Mercredi High School; Second Place to Richelle Stewart of Holy Trinity High School; Third Place to Angelica Garcia of Father Mercredi High School; Fourth Place to Olivia Heskett of Father Mercredi High School; Fifth Place to Amy Janes of Holy Trinity High School.

The Public High Schools exhibition, which ran February 2017, had the following results: First Place to Sylvie Kavanagh of Westwood High School; Second Place to Shania Waterman of Composite High School; Third Place to Christopher Rose of Westwood High School; Fourth Place to Hyeqa Amhad of Westwood High School; Fifth Place to Bailey Haas of Composite High School.

The Junior High Schools exhibition, which ran March-April 2017, had the following results: First and Second Place to Bridget Fecteau of Holy Trinity High School; Third Place to Camryn Hannigan of Father Mercredi High School; Fourth Place to Carissa Fortin of Father Mercredi High School; Fifth Place to Kirsten Tulco of Father Mercredi High School.

The recipient of the 2017 Kim Jenkins Student Art Scholarship is Angelica Garcia of Father Mercredi High School. First Runner Up is Emily Bartlett of Holy Trinity High School; Second Runner Up is Athena Wyse of Composite High School. The scholarship is a $1500 award given annually to a Grade 12 student pursuing Visual Arts or Design (or similar field) at the post-secondary level upon graduating. The recipient and the runner ups were determined by a jury of local professional visual artists.

Suncor hosted a reception on June 27 at their Business Centre to recognize the winners of the 2017 SSAA program prizes. ACWB is grateful to Suncor for their continued dedication to ensuring that the arts community has the resources needed to thrive.