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Northwestel Invites Northern artists to Enter Competition

Monday, June 16, 2014

Northern artists are invited to search through their portfolios and choose pieces to enter in Northwestel’s annual directory cover art competition. The deadline to submit entries for this year’s competition is September 19th.

“Northwestel’s directory cover art competition provides northern artists with a huge opportunity to display their art”, said Paul Flaherty, Northwestel’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “Each year, this program reminds us that there is no shortage of artistic talent in northern Canada. By showcasing artwork on our directories, we’re able to share this talent with residents located all across the North.”

Each year, Northwestel invites northern artists to submit their work to a competition which selects three pieces of artwork; one from each of the three regions in its operating area (Nunavut, the Northwest Territories and Yukon/northern BC/High Level, AB).

The three winning pieces are featured on the directory cover distributed in the artists’ respective areas of the North for the following year. Each of the three winning artists is awarded $3000.00 and their artwork is added to Northwestel’s corporate art collection.

The application form and a complete description of the competition’s rules and guidelines are available on the Investing In Our Communities page of Northwestel’s website at, under the heading Directory Cover Art.

Northwestel has featured original works by northern artists on the covers of its telephone directories since 1983. Northern artists that have been featured on our directory covers in the past include Yukon Artists Ted Harrison and Glenda Mosher; NWT Artists Chris DeWolf and Dawn Oman; and Nunavut artists Tanya Tagaq Gillis and Melanie Howell.

About Northwestel:

In 2013, Northwestel contributed more than $558,000 in cash and in-kind donations to a variety of northern community groups. Throughout its history, Northwestel has played a key role in the economic, social and cultural development of the North. Northwestel is recognized as a key contributor to the well-being of northern communities through its community investment program and the volunteer contributions of its employees.


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