Where will art take you?
June 18, 2013

The grand prize winner of NSCAD Admissions' contest Where Will Art Take You? is Alanna Connors, 18, of Port Hawkesbury, N.S., for her submission Wanderlust. Alanna's friend Shannon England models the wearable art piece in this photograph.
The question posed by NSCAD Admission’s art contest was “Where Will Art Take You?” and high school students all over the world answered.

Where will art take Alanna Connors, the grand prize winner? To Halifax and NSCAD University in the fall for Foundation studies.

“When I heard that I won (the contest), I paused and thought, ‘are you sure?’” said Alanna, a Grade 12 student at the Strait Area Education Recreation Centre in Port Hawkesbury, N.S., reached while studying for exams. “I’m completely shocked. I thought the other entries were really really great and creative.”

Alanna applied to NSCAD University, Concordia University in Montreal and Mount Allison University in Sackville, NB, and got accepted to all three—deciding on NSCAD because of its small size, community spirit and independence.

“It’s a complete fine art university instead of being a fine art department in a much larger university. That’s important to me.”

The 18-year-old NSCAD-bound student submitted a wearable art outfit—a strapless dress made of maps of Canada and a matching crown—to the contest. Called Wanderlust, it was deemed the best entry by a panel of six judges including NSCAD professors and Halifax Poet Laureate Tanya Davis. As the grand prize winner, Alanna wins an iPad and her artwork will be featured on the NSCAD website for the month of September. Second prize winner is Camila Salcedo Guevara, a Grade 11 student at Earl Haig Secondary in Toronto, Ont., who created a series of 10 ID cards with self portraits documenting different stages of her life.

“Where is art going to take me? Art is going to take me wherever I need to go, to explore wherever I need to explore, to be what I want to be,” said Alanna, who entered the contest on the recommendation of her high school art teacher.

Viewers’ choice  winners, based on Facebook likes, are: Tanea Hynes, Labrador City, Nfld.; Dorothy Gyurko, Oromocto, NB; Sara Haroun, Halifax, NS; and Drella Green-Simony, Halifax, NS.

“We wanted to create something that would put NSCAD on the radar for high school students and show off their talent,” said Ruby Boutilier, recruitment officer with NSCAD’s Admissions office.

The contest was inspired by a collaborative video called ART (2008) by Andrea Dorfman (BFA 1995) and Tanya Davis. Entries came from as far away as Hubei Province, China and Bogota, Columbia, and included all kinds of artistic media including photography, textiles, painting, video and drawing.

Each entry was showcased in the album, NSCAD Art Contest: Where Will Art Take YOU?, on NSCAD’s Facebook page.

“The thing that made me the happiest was the sheer number of people who got to see this work,” added Ruby. “More than 9,000 people went through the album, which highlights the talent that exists before these students even get out of the gate.”


Camila Salcedo, a Grade 11 student from Toronto is a second prize winner for her series of identification cards. She explains: "With the use of ten blank cards purchased from the Active Surplus Store, I made 10 ID cards with mini-portraits of myself in each of them. Each small portrait on the cards is from a different year of my life; each was based on photographs from 10 different years. The cards have my name written on each of them to demonstrate that each portrait is of the same person, yet the person on each card looks uniquely different. The piece demonstrates growth and how a person can change drastically in a lifetime both physically and mentally. I want to make a new card each year and as I continue to make this piece my artistic style will be changing overtime thus making the piece grow as I grow."