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.

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)

How To Get Involved

Are you an artist with Down syndrome? Do you like to create art? Perhaps you are a skilled illustrator, photographer or painter? Perhaps you write stories or poems? If this sounds like you then you should apply for the Jane Cameron Award. Jane was an amazing Canadian artist with Down syndrome. Jane liked to make tapestries, paint and write poems.  She won juried competitions, and her work has been included in exhibitions that travelled across Canada. Jane’s art has also been presented in magazines and books, and some hangs in the Museum of Civilization in Ottawa.

In Jane’s memory the Canadian Down Syndrome Society awards artists who demonstrate artistic talent. Occasionally we offer a cash prize, and always provide a certificate of accomplishment from the Canadian Down Syndrome Society.


How It Works:

Volunteer representatives evaluate the submissions and agree upon an award recipient, who will be notified by email. The winner is announced and celebrated on our website, in 3.21 Canada’s Down Syndrome Magazine, and on social media.

We plan for the judging to occur each year in October. We require a minimum of five entrants each year to proceed with the competition. Encourage your friends to enter too. You can submit your entries at any time and we will contact you via email to let you know when the next competition is happening.

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

We accept nominations via Email or Mail.

Jane Cameron Award
Canadian Down Syndrome Society
Suite 202, 1001 1st St SE
Calgary, Alberta T2G 5G3

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