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Kwi Am Choi Scholarship


Detail of Paintings by Kwi Am Choi

Established in 2007, the Kwi Am Choi Exhibition Scholarship is an annual award of $2,000 that recognizes an emerging BC artist between the ages of 18 and 30, and is designed to fund the costs of mounting a solo exhibition of their work at the Port Moody Arts Centre. This initiative provides students currently enrolled in, or recent graduates of, Fine Arts programs at recognized post-secondary institutions in Canada with the opportunity to display their work in a publicly funded gallery, receive curatorial mentorship, and network with other artists and art professionals.



About the Kwi Am Choi Scholarship Fund

The Kwi Am Choi Scholarship Fund was endowed by the family of internationally acclaimed artist Kwi Am Choi in 2007. Born in South Korea, Choi lived and work in Port Moody, where he was an active member of the local arts community and a mentor to young artists. After graduating from the Ontario College of Art and Design (OCAD), Choi became known for his experimental and abstract work. In the spirit of both his experimental practice and artistic mentorship, the Kwi Am Choi endowment fund was established to provide support to emerging artists by covering the costs of mounting a solo exhibition at the Port Moody Arts Centre as an integral component of expanding their artistic careers.

Learn more about Kwi Am Choi

Applicant Criteria:

  • Between 18 and 30 years of age.
  • Enrolled in a Fine Arts program in a recognized post-secondary institution, or a recent graduate of a Fine Arts program from a recognized Canadian post-secondary institution in Canada (within 2 years of graduation).
  • Considered an emerging artist. We define emerging artists as those artists in the first few years of their professional development and not currently making their entire living from their artwork.
  • A resident of British Columbia.
Note: Current PoMoArts staff, instructors, sitting board members or their immediate family are not eligible to apply.

Use of Scholarship Funds

Scholarship funds are to be applied to the artist’s costs of mounting an exhibition to take place sometime between June and August 2019 at the Port Moody Arts Centre. These costs may include, but are not limited to:

  • Preparation expenses for the artworks, including framing.
  • Transportation costs for artwork.
  • Advertising and marketing costs for an exhibition.
  • Opening reception, gallery fees and related administrative costs.


To apply for the 2019 Kwi Am Choi Scholarship, please complete an online submission form.

Deadline for Submissions: November 18, 2018

For a dowloadable and distributable PDF version of the 2019 Call for Applications, click here.


Past Recipients

2018: Yandy Chau. Elmira (Elly) Habibullah
2017: Marina DiMaio, Rachel Rozanski
2016: Amy Duval, Alanna Reyse
2015: Flavia Chan