2024 Edmonton Cat Festival Student Cat Art Contest Winners

As part of our inaugural 2024 Student Cat Art Contest / Exhibit at the Edmonton International Cat Festival, hundreds of students from schools across Edmonton submitted their original cat art pieces to be displayed at the festival where attendees could vote on their favourite art pieces. 
The Student Cat Art Exhibit was a hit at the event! So meowny cat lovers flocked to the Exhibit Room to view and vote for artwork. 
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THANK YOU to purrticipating students and schools involved in the inaugural Student Cat Art Contest:
  • Baturyn School
  • Cardinal Collins Mill Woods Academic Centre
  • Classical Academy
  • Donald R. Getty School
  • Dovercourt School
  • Eastglen School
  • Esther Starkman School
  • Jan Reimer School
  • Kisewatisiwin School
  • Meyokumin School
  • Our Lady of Peace
  • Patricia Heights School
  • Rutherford School
  • St. Pius X Elementary School
  • Svend Hansen School
  • Victoria School of the Arts
  • Waldorf Independent School
  • Windsor Park School

*** YOU CAN CLICK HERE TO VIEW ALL CAT ART SUBMISSIONS FOR 2024 ***

Thank you to Edmonton Cat Festival organizer Lisa Huynh, and exhibit sponsors / supporters Jordon Hon of JOHO Photos and DOMI.

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We absolutely will be doing the Student Cat Art Contest again so stay tuned for 2025 details!

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Now, after tallying up hundreds of votes (we are so thrilled with how excited everyone was about this art exhibit/contest!) we are pleased to ameownce the Top 10 Visual Art Winners and Top Poetry Winner below! Winners will receive various cat-themed prizes. 

Congratulations to the 2024 Edmonton Cat Festival Student Cat Art Contest Winners!

Scroll down for winners.

Click here to view all 2024 Student Cat Art Submissions

Cat Art Contest Winners

2024 Edmonton Cat Festival Student Cat Art Contest Winners 

1st place: Audrey G – Patricia Heights School

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Untitled, so we might call it Edmonton Meowlers! 

by Audrey G. of Patricia Heights School

Teacher: Veronica Fraser

2nd place: Alicia C – Victoria School of the Arts

Cat Art Winners

A Certain Orange Cat 

by Alicia C. of Victoria School of the Arts 

Grade 12

Teacher: Mr. Graham

“When one is given the opportunity to paint anything they want, a feeling of complete freedom may excite, overwhelm, or even scare away the artist. In order to manage these concerns, the person must choose to depict something they are utterly passionate about. Something they are infatuated by, so that in the occurrence of burnout, the love for art feeds the flame that once burned brightest, keeping the motivation alive. This “thing” for me was a cat stuffy I had seen months prior, the listing using adjectives only used to describe the best cartoon ever, Garfield. At my lowest point in the school year, a painting assignment based on this lasagna-loving entity had been the thing to grace me with joy. Working on it late into the nights I could not sleep through, sitting on the floor of my bedroom, looking at the face of an animal that did not know me. Does it count as a parasocial relationship when it is between a girl and a hungry cat? The line that would separate true connection and misinterpretation did not have time to be drawn, I was preoccupied with painting the lifeless eyes of a stuffed animal. Once he was completed, I felt I could let up, and settle down. The bond that grew as I worked on the piece allowed me to accept him as a key part of my life. He watches over me from the wall of my room. A constant reminder that I am never alone. Though that sentiment can often carry an intimidating essence, I am comforted by the uneasy, disturbing vibe of this certain orange cat.” – Alicia C.

3rd place: Ember T – Eastglen High School

Cat Art Winners

Mouse – a haiku

by Ember T of Eastglen High School

Grade 12 

an exquisite cat

sent to a soul so deprived

a godsend, a gift

Teacher: Christina Hamer

Sinchara R – Kisewatisiwin School

Cat Art Winners

Nightlight

by Sinchara R of Kisewatisiwin School 

Teacher: Philip La

Yasmine E – Eastglen High School

Cat Art Winners

Oriental Short Hair Cat

by Yasmine E of Eastglen High School

Grade 12 

This is a digital drawing of an Oriental Short Hair Cat.

Teacher: Christina Hamer

Eden – Eastglen High School

Cat Art Winners

A Soft Heart

by Eden of Eastglen High School

“I made the artwork traditionally, and my inspiration for creating this piece was because of my fluffy companion Lionel. I drew him because he’s been with me through really hard times when my mom was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer and I couldn’t see her because of COVID. Lionel was always there for comfort and support when I was home and struggling, which is why this piece is called, “A Soft Heart.”

Teacher: Lance Lindoff

Rudrakshi R – Donald R Getty School

Cat Art Winners

Kitty and Nature Goes Together

by Rudrakshi R of Donald R Getty School

Grade 4

Clay art made on canvas with air dray clay, acrylic and sharpie. “This painting shows the beauty of nature with a beautiful creature! One day Miss Betty was going on her morning walk and something caught her eye. She wanted to know what it was. She walked towards it and found a magical garden and she spent the rest of the day in the garden.”

Teacher: Meghan Ropchan

Sia A – Esther Starkman School

Cat Art Winners

The Blob Cats

by Sia A. of Esther Starkman School

Grade 6

“Just a bunch of funny cats doing funny things.”

Teacher: Mrs. Chetha. 

Meijia L – Windsor Park School

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Untitled, so we might call it Pusheen Flies!

by Meijia L of Windsor Park School

Teacher: Mrs. Mckeough

Autumn s – CARDINAL COLLINS Academic Centre

Cat Art Winners

Untitled, so we may call it Curious Claws

by Autumn S of Cardinal Collins Mill Woods Academic Centre

Teacher: Sara Mudryk



1st place for POETRY:

Asher M – Eastglen High School

A Poem to my Cat at the Window

by Asher M. of Eastglen High School

Grade 11

Teacher: Christina Hamer

My cat is staring out the window.

Silly kitty on my window sill

Might I ask, What are you staring at?

Do you year for the big outdoors?

Oh, silly kitty on my window sill

Might I ask, why are you so restless?

Do you blame me for trapping you here?

Dear, silly kitty on my window sill

Might I ask, where would you rather be?

Do you know of the beasts outside that you can’t beat?

I’m sorry silly kitty on my window sill.

Might I ask, were you angry?

Do you hate me for keeping you safe instead of free?

Please, Silly Kitty on my window sill.

Might I ask, do yo-

My cat stands up and stretches in a simple move. He then rubs his head into my hand and trots off with a warm purr.

Silly kitty on my window sill.

I think there was just a fly.

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Thanks to everyone who purrticipated in the 2024 Edmonton International Cat Festival and inaugural Student Cat Art Contest. 

Click here to view all 2024 Student Cat Art Submissions

Be sure to follow us on social media to stay up to date on news and upcoming cat-themed events including plans for our 2025 festival!!

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