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Annual T-Shirt Contest

2018 T-Shirt Contest Winner

Sarah Jim is an emerging artist of mixed WSÍ,KEM (Tseycum), Mexican, Russian, and English ancestry. She grew up in WSÁNEĆ Territory (Saanich) on Vancouver Island, BC. She is currently a BFA student at the University of Victoria, and is self-taught in Coast Salish art forms. She draws upon inspiration from the natural world, especially the forests and ocean of her territory. As an artist, she intends to “project optimism” and spread awareness of her deep appreciation to nature

Photo by Hailey Mah.

In describing her winning design Orca Ontology, Sarah writes: “The circular formation of these killer whales depicts the delicate balance of life. The duality of the whales symbolizes the even distribution of the Salish Sea between animals and people. Equality between these elements will result in a balanced world… The killer whale and the Coast Salish people have both been navigating and sharing this body of saltwater for a very long time.”

Her winning t-shirt design is now available for purchase at the MOA Shop.

2018 Contest Details

Thank you to everybody who submitted to the 5th annual T-shirt contest! Submissions are now closed.

The winning shirt design is sold and promoted exclusively at the MOA Shop for one year. The winning designer receives a $250 prize plus royalties.

Submission deadline: May 4, 2018.
Winner announced: June 26, 2018

Please send all submissions and any questions to shoptshirt@moa.ubc.ca.


Any individual 15-25 years of age who identifies as Indigenous, Aboriginal, First Nations, Inuit or Métis. International submissions are welcome.


  • Design a t-shirt that tells your story.
  • What inspires your sense of identity?
  • What do terms like Aboriginal, Indigenous, First Nations, Inuit, or Métis mean to you?
  • How do you express your heritage, language, and culture?

Rules & Guidelines

  • Design must use two colours only and must show up on a white or light-coloured t-shirt.
  • Design must fit on the front of the t-shirt (no wrap-around, sleeve, or back designs).
  • Designs must be submitted with file extension ai, .eps, .pdf, .fxg, or .svg.
  • Two entries maximum per artist.
  • Each submitting individual must provide the following: design submission(s), completed submission form, artist photo, and a 250 word artist bio.