February 12, 2003
Winners of Art of the Automobile Competition 2003 announced
Toronto, Ontario – Winners in this year’s Art of the Automobile Competition were announced on Tuesday during the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada Media Reception, held in conjunction with the first press day of the Canadian International AutoShow at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre in downtown Toronto.
World-renowned Canadian automotive artist Ken Dallison was on hand to
personally present each winner with cash prizes and gift certificates. Mr.
Dallison is chair of the judging committee, which also included Jay Koka of
Palmerston Ontario, another internationally-recognized automotive artist; Jim
Kenzie, chair of the Art of the Automobile Committee; and Beth Xenarios, a
member of the committee and the driving force behind the Competition.
The Art of the Automobile Competition winners are as follows: First Place: Susan Elizabeth Pepler Opel at the Hotel Nacional ($1,000) Montreal Quebec (acrylic on canvas) Second Place: Michael Stockdale Pausing for Refreshments ($750) Vancouver B.C. (acrylic on canvas) Third Place: Andrew Jarman MB ($500) Calgary Alberta (watercolour) Award of Merit Winners: ($250) Bill Keast Rick's Auto Belleville Ontario (acrylic on canvas) Beth Sellers Sideview Cawston B.C. (pastel) Sculpture Award: Elvio Valente Ferrari F1 2002 ($500) Newmarket Ontario (wood) Computer Graphics Award: ($250 gift Grant Thomas Monza, Sept. 16, 2001 certificate) Stouffville Ontario Youth Award: Kevin D. H. Harper Blue Afternoon ($250 gift Langley B.C. (soft pastels) certificate)
The work of all finalists, including the winners, will be
on display on the 700 level of the South Building, Metro Toronto Convention
Centre, for the duration of the Canadian International AutoShow
February 14 – 23, 2003. For the first time, the Art of the Automobile display
is integrated with other forms of automotive art – the “Design Retro”
Collection and the “Salute to Fangio”.
Canadians such as Mr. Dallison and Mr. Koka are already successful on the
international automotive art scene. The purpose of the Art of the Automobile
Competition, launched seven years ago by the Automobile Journalists
Association of Canada (AJAC), is to give lesser-known Canadian automotive
artists, amateur and professional alike, an opportunity to exhibit their
talents. Several past winners of the Competition have generated sales of
exhibited works, and gained commissions for new works, as a result of their