CICan announces 2021 Art Showcase winners

Ottawa, October 21, 2021 – Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan) is thrilled to announce the winners of its 2021 Art Showcase competition. This annual contest is open to students from colleges and institutes across the country, offering a national stage for their works of art.

The association received over 200 submissions from students across the country in this year’s competition. They were invited to present work that reflects on the previous year and inspires new ways of looking at the years to come: on connectedness, community, disruption, and reconciliation.

Public voting on finalists took place during CICan’s Annual Conference. Participants were invited to vote online for their favorite piece in each of the following categories: textile, mixed media, or sculpture; photography; digital Illustration or animation; painting; drawing and printmaking.

“We are incredibly grateful to our members and their students for all the submissions we received”, said CICan president and CEO, Denise Amyot. “After the wild year we have all had, we are especially grateful for the creativity and talent on display in our annual Art Showcase. Once again, our students delivered some unique and breathtaking works of art.”

The 2021 CICan Art Showcase winners are:

  • Digital Illustration & Animation: “Living the zoom life”, by Celina Zhong, Capilano University
  • Drawing: “Hope” by Jingwen Cao, Sheridan College.
  • Painting: “Suffering,” by Yannis Fernandes, Sheridan College.
  • Photography: “Stargate to an alternate universe,” by Matthew Parr, Fanshawe College of Applied Arts.
  • Textile, mixed media, or sculpture: “Repos”, by Pascale Laliberté, CEGEP Limoilou.
  • Printmaking: “Overgrowth”, by Emma Sun, Capilano University.

The winner in each category will receive a cash prize of $350, courtesy of TD Insurance,

and have their work displayed on the walls of CICan’s office, located inside the Chateau Laurier in Ottawa. The winning pieces are also displayed on the CICan website.

About Colleges and Institutes Canada:

Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan) is the voice of Canada’s publicly-supported colleges, institutes, cegeps and polytechnics, and an international leader in education for employment with ongoing programs in over 25 countries. CICan’s members add over $190B to Canada’s economy each year and contribute to inclusive economic growth by working with industry and community partners to offer more than 10,000 programs to learners in urban, rural, remote, and northern communities.


For more information:

Julien Abord-Babin
Senior Strategic Communications Officer
Colleges and Institutes Canada
Phone: 613-746-2222 ext. 3131
Twitter: @CollegeCan