CDSS Jane Cameron Award


About This Award

In memory of Jane Cameron, a talented artist with Down syndrome, and in recognition of her contributions to the arts, in 2001 the Jane Cameron Archives Committee (JCAC) and the Canadian Down Syndrome Society (CDSS) established an annual award for a person with Down syndrome who displays expertise in an area of the visual arts.

See Selection Criteria & How to Nominate Someone

Jane Cameron Award Winners

2017 Jane Cameron Award

Past Winners


2010 Jane Cameron Award
Chris Drake
Pam Taylor (Honourable Mention)
Christine Millson (Honourable Mention)
Matthew Milakovic (Honourable Mention)

Selection Criteria

Are you an artist with Down syndrome? Do you like to make art, like drawings, photos or paintings? Do you make videos, write stories or poems? Apply for the Jane Cameron Award! Jane Cameron was an artist with Down syndrome. She liked to make tapestries, paint and write poems.


$500 just for you, and a medal based on Jane Cameron’s art made by Jeff deBoer, a celebrated Canadian artist.


Representatives from JCAC and CDSS will evaluate the submissions and agree upon a recipient, who will be notified. The winner does not have to be present to receive the award.

How To Apply To the Jane Cameron Awards


  • Artist must live in Canada
  • Artist must have Down Syndrome
  • Nominees can be self nominated or nominated by someone else
  • There is no entry fee
  • All two and three-dimensional media is considered eligible. Please note: As of February 16, 2012, we will no longer be able to consider performance art for this award.
  • You may submit up to 3 pieces of artwork for consideration
  • Do NOT submit original pieces of artwork

Visual Documentation Requirements

  • Please submit digital images of your artwork ONLY. You may also submit a single detail-image to accompany each submission if necessary
  • Digital images should be saved as JPEG files (300 dpi and sized to 800 pixels maximum).
  • Digital images must be named according to the artist’s name and the submission number.
  • Digital images can be either be burned to a CD-ROM or emailed to CDSS

How to Apply

Please submit a sample of your art and a completed application form to CDSS. Submissions will be returned if a self-addressed stamped envelope with sufficient postage is provided. Please ensure applications contain the following:

  • Self-nomination: Name, telephone number and full address of the artist.
  • Other nomination: Name of artist, and name, telephone number and full address of contact.

We accept nominations via Email or Mail.

Jane Cameron Award
Canadian Down Syndrome Society
Suite 103 – 2003 14 Street NW
Calgary, AB T2M 3N4

Subject: Jane Cameron Award

Learn more about the Jane Cameron Award online, or by calling 1-800-883-5608. Full rules are available on Jane’s website.