November 14, 2003

Deadline for 8th Annual Art of the Automobile Competition approaches

Toronto, Ontario – Automotive artists take note: the deadline for receiving slide entries is just a few weeks away – December 1, 2003.

Now in its eighth year, AJAC’s Art of the Automobile Competition aspires to give amateur and professional automotive artists recognition and exposure in their own country by providing opportunities for these artists to publicly exhibit their work.

The work of the competition finalists is used to create a Canada-wide exhibit that will travel to the Montreal auto show in January, followed by the Canadian International Auto Show in Toronto in February, then the Calgary and Vancouver auto shows in March and early April. Several past competition winners have sold their exhibited art work at these auto shows, and gained commissions for new work, as a result of their successes in the AJAC competition.

The competition judges, Ken Dallison, Jay Koka, Jonathan Milne and Alain Levesque, are all established Canadian automotive artists who have received extensive international recognition and awards. Again, this summer, two of the competition’s judges were awarded top prizes at the world renowned Pebble Beach and Meadow Brook Hall Concours d’Elegance in August. Ken Dallison
(Mississauga, Ontario) won the “Athena Award of Excellence” for the fourth time at the Pebble Beach event while Jay Koka (Palmerston, Ontario) won the prestigious “Award of Excellence” for the third time at the Meadow Brook affair in Rochester, Michigan.

This year the judges would like to see more sculpture entered in the AJAC art competition. Sculpture can be any size and medium and will be judged as a separate category. The number of prizes will depend on the number of sculpture entries. Two prize categories have been established: one for large sculpture with a grand prize of $1,000 and the other for smaller scale entries with a grand prize of $500. The difference in the prize amounts is intended to
reimburse the artist for materials.

Competition finalists will be announced December 12, 2003. Overall winners will be declared February 11 – 12, 2004 during the Press Preview Days at the Canadian International Auto Show in Toronto. Competition entry forms can be obtained from the AJAC web site at

The competition would not be possible without our corporate sponsors; in particular Canada NewsWire, DaimlerChrysler, General Motors of Canada and Mercedes-Benz as well as Honda, Hyundai, Mazda, Nissan, Subaru, Suzuki and Volkswagen. A special acknowledgement is extended to each of the auto shows for the exhibit space donated to the competition each year.

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