Media Advisory/Photo Opportunity - Exceptional emerging artists showcase their work at prestigious Museum of Contemporary Art

    TORONTO, Oct. 2 /CNW/ - BMO 1ST Art! 2007 Exhibition only national
graduating artist competition to recognize the accomplishments of student
artists from across Canada.

    What:     BMO 1ST Art! 2007 Exhibition

              The BMO 1st Art! Exhibition features artwork by the winners of
              the BMO 1st Art! Invitational Student Art Competition,
              celebrating the artistic excellence of the next generation of
              Canadian artists. The winning works showcase the diversity of
              this country with each piece reflecting the uniqueness of both
              the artist and the community in which he or she works.

              As the only national graduating artist competition, the BMO 1st
              Art! Invitational Student Art Competition recognizes the
              accomplishments of student artists chosen from more than 100
              post secondary institutions across Canada.

    Who:      BMO 1st Art! 2007 national winner and 13 regional winners

              Selection Committee members, Gilles Ouellette, President & CEO,
              Private Client Group, BMO Financial Group and Deputy Chair, BMO
              Nesbitt Burns and Dawn Cain, BMO Financial Group Curator

    When:     Tuesday, October 2, 2007
              7:00 - 9:00 PM, Remarks at 7:30 PM

    Where:    Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art (MOCCA)
              952 Queen Street West

    The BMO 1st Art! winners' work will be on display at MOCCA in Toronto
from October 2 to October 28, 2007. The 14 winning pieces can also be viewed
on BMO Financial Group's website at:,1263,divId-7_langId-1_navCode-4094,00.html

For further information:

For further information: For Media Inquiries - BMO Financial Group,
Ralph Marranca, Toronto, (416) 867-3996,; Applause!
Communications, Holly Beetham, Toronto, (416) 217-0700 Ext. 301,

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