Jane Cameron Award - Deadline is April 15 each year

The Jane Cameron Award for Artists with Down Syndrome

In memory of Jane and in recognition of her contributions to the arts, the Jane Cameron Archives Committee (JCAC) and the Canadian Down Syndrome Society (CDSS) have established an annual award for a person with Down syndrome who displays expertise in an area of the visual arts. The award consists of a cash prize of $500. A medal based upon one of Jane's tapestries, produced by celebrated Canadian artist Jeff de Boer, will also be awarded.

To be considered for the selection, applications must be received by CDSS not later than April 15. Representatives from JCAC and CDSS will evaluate the submissions and agree upon a recipient not later than April 30 each year. The recipient will be notified. The award is made each May at the Annual General Meeting of the Canadian Down Syndrome Society. The winner does not have to be present to receive the award.

Jane Cameron Award Application


Submission Guidelines

  • You must live in Canada.

  • You must have Down Syndrome.

  • There is no entry fee; All two and three-dimensional media is considered eligible.

  • You may submit up to 3 pieces of your artwork for consideration.  

  • Do NOT submit original pieces of artwork.

  • Submissions will be returned if a self-addressed stamped envelope with sufficient postage is provided.

  • Submissions are due no later than April 15, annually.


Visual Documentation Requirements

  • Please submit digital images of your artwork ONLY. You may also submit a single detail-image to accompany each submission if necessary

  • Digital images should be saved as JPEG files (300 dpi and sized to 800 pixels maximum).

  • Digital images must be named according to the artist’s name and the submission number.

  • Digital images can be either be burned to a CD-ROM or emailed to info@cdss.ca.

Please ensure applications contain the following:

  • Name, telephone number and full address of the artist,
  • Name of contact, telephone number and full address if not the artist.

Submissions are to be sent to:

Jane Cameron Award
Canadian Down Syndrome Society
#103-2003-14 Street NW
Calgary, Alberta
T2M 3N4

For information contact CDSS at (1-800) 883-5608