Jury & Prizes


The final selection of the two winning designs was done by a jury of professional artists and environmental professionals.

Twenty-eight artists whose submissions were chosen by the jury for the shortlist and the two People’s Choice winners each received a culture and recreation pack, including tickets to Science World, the Vancouver Maritime Museum, the Museum of Vancouver, Bard on the Beach and Vancouver Park Board facilities.

Selected school submissions received a gift certificate from Opus Art Supplies.

Designs from two artists were selected by the jury to be used on manhole covers. These two artists were each awarded a cash prize of $2,000 and if needed up to an additional $500 to defray any expenses they may incur if they participate in the casting process.

Two People's Choice designs were selected based on the votes of visitors to the exhibition as well as online visitors to the Submission Gallery.

2013 Ironclad Art Jury


Corrine Hunt Head Shot by Marina Dodis
Corrine Hunt (corrinehunt.ca) was born in Alert Bay British Columbia in 1959. Corrine has achieved international recognition for her creations in contemporary art since 1985 that reflect the themes and traditions of her First Nations Komoyue and Tlingit heritage. Corrine's works include engraved gold and silver jewelry and accessories, custom furnishings in carved stainless steel and reclaimed wood, modern totem poles and other sculptural installations. She was co-designer of the Olympic and Paralympic medals for the 2010 Games. A member of the Raven Gwa'wina clan from Ts'akis, a Komoyue village on Vancouver Island, Corrine's rich family history includes internationally renowned First Nations artists Henry, Richard and Tony Hunt, all of whom have influenced her art.
Germaine Koh (germainekoh.com) is a Malaysian-born Canadian conceptual artist working out of Vancouver, B.C. Her internationally active practice encompasses the use of public interaction and everyday concepts. She has shown at many galleries internationally, including the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art in 2005, the Liverpool Biennial and the Art Gallery of Alberta in 2004, Frankfurter Kunstverein in 2003, Bloomberg SPACE in 2003. She is currently working on League, a new participatory project based in Elm Park, Vancouver.
Germaine Koh Head Shot by Martin Labrie
Bob Kronbauer (vancouverisawesome.com) has a work history entrenched in creative direction. He is the president of a media company that is based around Vancouver is Awesome, a successful hyper-local, community-based web site that he founded.Vancouver Is Awesome is currently being expanded nationally. Bob’s specialties include creative direction, community building, editorial, photography and online marketing.
Vanessa Kwan (vanessakwan.com) is a Vancouver-based artist and programmer. Her work has been exhibited at a number of galleries and artist run centres; solo exhibitions include Your Private Sky at the Or Gallery (2005), The Storm and the Fall at Access Artist Run Centre (2008), and Your Private Sky (Penticton) at the Art Gallery of the South Okanagan (2005). Recent public art commissions include Vancouver Vancouver Vancouver (2010) and Geyser for Hillcrest Park (2012, with Erica Stocking), both for the City of Vancouver. She is a founding member of the arts collective Norma, who received a Mayor's Arts Award for Public Art in 2011. She currently works as interdisciplinary arts programmer at the Vancouver Art Gallery.
Vanessa Kwan Head Shot by Elaine Miller

Sadhu Aufochs Johnston (www.vancouver.ca ) has been Vancouver’s Deputy City Manager since 2009. Before coming here, Sadhu was the deputy chief of staff to Chicago Mayor Richard Daley and served as the chief environmental officer for the mayor’s office, the first position of its kind in United States’ city government. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies and Political Science from Oberlin College and Vassar College, and is a recipient of Crain’s Chicago Business 40 under 40 and Building Design and Construction 40 under 40. Sadhu is on twitter: sadhuajohnston.

Recognition Partners

Bard on the Beach – A pair of tickets to a performance of Twelfth Night at Bard on the Beach Sunday, June 23 – 7pm performance.
Science World of British Columbia – The recipient’s choice of either 2 adult VIP passes for the August Adult Evening, or 1 adult and 1 child General Admission passes for a daytime visit.
Museum of Vancouver – A pair of complimentary admission passes.
Maritime Museum – A pair of admission passes.
Vancouver Park Board – A pair of complimentary admission passes valid at any Park Board fitness centre, swimming pool or ice rink.
In addition, the Vancouver Fringe has generously donated pairs of ticket vouchers and memberships to this year’s festival tor the gallery ambassadors who will be sitting the show at the InterUrban Gallery.

2004 Art Underfoot Jury

The jury for the last manhole cover design competition (Art Underfoot) in 2004 were:

Jim Fulton, executive director of the David Suzuki Foundation
Doug Coupland, internationally-renowned writer, visual artist and designer
Daina Augaitus, chief curator at the Vancouver Art Gallery
Sonny Assu, a vanguard interdisciplinary artist who is Liǥwildaʼxw of the We Wai Kai First Nation

Design by Steven Cowen, shortlisted, Art Underfoot 2004