Louis-Comtois Award

In honour of

Louis Comtois (1945-1990) is an internationally renowned and accomplished Canadian abstract painter. His work was exhibited in one-man and group shows between 1968 and 1990 in Canada, France and the United States.

Nature of the award

The Prix Louis-Comtois was created in 1991 by the Contemporary Art Galleries Association (AGAC) to recognize excellence in visual arts and arts and crafts. The award, which is overseen jointly by the AGAC and Ville de Montréal, supports and promotes the work of an artist who has distinguished himself or herself on Montréal’s contemporary arts scene in the past 15 years.

The award includes:

  • a $7,500 award for the winner;
  • a $2,500 budget to organize and promote a one-person exhibition (or other promotional activity) at an AGAC-member gallery or other exhibition venue in Montréal;
  • the acquisition by Ville de Montréal of one of the winner’s works, for the municipal collection.

Eligibility criteria

To be eligible, professional artists midway in their career must:

  • have more than 10 years of professional artistic experience;
  • currently work in the contemporary art field;
  • have held one-person exhibitions or taken part in group exhibitions;
  • live in or work out of a studio located in Ville de Montréal.

Application file

The application file must be submitted by the artist or the gallery representing the artist. When a gallery submits an application, a reception notice will be sent to the gallery and the artist.

Each application must include:

  • the duly completed application form;
  • up to 20 images (1 MB/ image maximum, JPG);
  • an artistic process (500 words maximum);
  • an artist Curriculum Vitae (3 pages maximum);
  • optional: up to two (2) videos of five (5) minutes maximum, QuickTime. If the video exceeds 5 minutes, it will be automatically deleted and not presented to the jury.

PDF format is required for all uploaded files.

Method of evaluation

Applications will be evaluated by a panel of five judges who represent the visual arts field and have been selected for their expertise in various disciplines and major contemporary artistic trends.

Call for applications

Registration is done online. Artists can access the contest form and rules, as well as submit their application online.

The deadline to submit an application is September 22 2021 at midnight.

Artistic field

Visual art

Prize type

City awards


AGAC – Award Secretariat
514 798-5010
Service de la culture
514 872-6955
Contemporary Art Galleries Association (AGAC)
372 Sainte-Catherine Street West, Suite 318
Montréal, QC H3B 1A2