December 6, 2002

Canadian Art of the Automobile Competition deadline extended

Toronto, Ontario – The Automobile Journalists’ Association of Canada (AJAC) announced today that the deadline for receiving entries in its annual Art of the Automobile Competition has been extended to Friday, January 3, 2003.

Now in its seventh year, the Art of the Automobile Competition is open to all Canadian automobile artists both amateur and professional. All media, with the exception of photographs, are accepted in the competition.

The competition’s chair and Toronto Star Wheels writer, Jim Kenzie, reminds all contestants that the purpose of the competition is: “To give Canadian automotive artists – both amateur and professional – some long overdue recognition and exposure. Canadians are already very successful on the international automotive art scene. But to ensure continued success, up-and-coming artists must receive support and exposure. The competition will help to ensure that this goal is met.”

There are several competition categories as follows:

  • Traditional: oil, acrylic, watercolour, collages, mixed media are all accepted as entries.
  • Sculpture: automotive sculptures are definitely welcome and are judged as a separate category. The sculptures may be any size and medium.
  • Computer graphics: a separate category exists provided sufficient entries are received. Computer generated art should be based on an original concept conceived by the artist.
  • Children and Youth: children under the age of twelve and youths from 13 – 18 are invited to submit completed drawings or paintings.

Canada’s top four automotive artists are judges in the competition. They are: Ken Dallison (Mississauga, Ontario); Alain Levesque (Montebello, Quebec), Jay Koka (Palmerston, Ontario) and Jonathan Milne (Chilliwack, BC).

Their names will be familiar to automotive enthusiasts and readers of Road and Track, Car and Driver or Sports Illustrated magazines. Each of the judges have a firmly established international reputation through their respective exhibits and awards won at the annual Pebble Beach and Meadowbrook Hall Concours d’Elegance.

Judge Jay Koka has this to say about the competition: “I’m both honoured and delighted to be a judge for the AJAC Art of the Automobile competition. Honoured because this is an important public venue for the introduction of new artists and delighted because it affords me the opportunity to be involved in the promotion, recognition and encouragement of new artistic careers”.

The new extended postmarked deadline is Friday, January 3, 2003. Contestants will be notified in mid-to-late January if they have been accepted as finalists in the competition.

All finalists’ artwork will be on display at the Canadian International Auto Show in Toronto in February 2003 and possibly the Calgary Auto Show and the Pacific International Auto Show in Vancouver pending sponsorship funding. Due to the Montreal International Auto Show’s new November timeframe, a specific competition exhibit will be created for this event. Details to follow.

Note that overall competition winners will be announced at the Canadian International AutoShow in Toronto during a press conference held in conjunction with the Press Preview Days, February 12 – 13, 2003. Exact date and time to be determined.

Complete competition details, including the entry form and photos of previous years’ finalists, are available via the AJAC web site at

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