Cardiac art competition 2016 winners announced

Traditionally each year first-year dental students compete in a contest to artistically conceptualize the human heart and circulatory system. Up until this year Dentistry participants submitted their art entries in the Faculty of Medicine’s Heartfelt Images contest alongside medical students with whom they took Medicine courses for their biomedical science education.

But this year, whereby biomedical science is now taught completely in the renewed Dentistry curriculum (DENT 410, Fundamental Medical Sciences), dental students in the cardiovascular block founded their own cardiac art competition, “Artodontia”.

artodontia_web_imageStudents love the juried competition because it engages their creative side. It is also a popular hit among faculty members—especially those serving as judges.

“I loved what they created,” says Dr. Carol Ann Courneya, associate professor in the Department Cellular and Physiological Sciences. Courneya is excited to launch this new competition and notes that of the 13 entries, nine are visual and four are musical submissions.

Along with the winning art entries announced below, a winner of another kind needs mentioning: Among the many entries for naming the new competition, Allizon Clark’s “Artodontia” was chosen. In her words: “As dentists, we are artists too. This art competition allows us to express that side of ourselves. ‘Artodontia’ or ‘teeth art’ is a name that represents us tooth doctors as artists.”

“The cardiac art competition was truly a most enjoyable experience,” say Dr. Ian Matthew, assistant professor, Department of Oral Biological & Medical Sciences. He sees a wealth of artistic talent among the class.

Drs. Leandra Best, Carol Ann Courneya, Michiko Maruyama, Ian Matthews, Peter Murphy, John O’Keefe, and anonymous.

Judges were blinded to artists names, only seeing the piece, title and the accompanying artist statement. Individual scores from all judges were added and prizes awarded to the top three highest scoring pieces.

Competition sponsor
Faculty of Dentistry, Academic Affairs

Thank You
Cardiovascular block faculty and staff: Jocelyn Byfield, Dr. Carol Ann Courneya, Catherine Craig, Drs. Pawel Kindler, Ian Matthews, Ed Moore, Peter Murphy, Clifford Pau, and Karen Pinder.


The winners of Artodontia, the first annual cardiac art competition are:


First Place:
“The Rhythm of Our Hearts” by Arezoo Sotoodeh

Prize: $250 Amazon book voucher

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Second Place:
“The Planet of the Heart” by Arezoo Sotoodeh

Prize: $100 Amazon book voucher

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Third Place:
“The PQRST Prep” by Douglas Whitelaw

Prize: automatic blood pressure measurement device

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Honourable Mention:
“‘Cairn’ for your Heart!” by Stephanie Bortolussi

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Naming competition:
“Artodontia” by Allizon Clark

Prize: $75 Starbucks gift card


View, watch and hear all the cardiac art competition entries:


“Home is Where the Heart Is” by Allizon Clark

Home is Where the Heart Is
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“Kokoromotive” by Allizon Clark

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“Take a Hearty Meal” by Matthew Yeung

Take a Hearty Meal
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“Take a Bite Out of Heart Disease” by Stephanie Bortolussi

Take a Bite Out of Heart Disease
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“Lace Heart” by Matthew Yeung

Lace Heart
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“Heart Burn” by Michael Yang

Heart Burn
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“I Have Fillings For You” by Syed Osama Mahmood

I Have Fillings For You
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“In a Heartbeat for Cello and Heart Sounds” by Caroline Chu

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(click to listen on SoundCloud)


“My Heart Will Go On (cover of Celine Dion’s song)” by Justin Sheppard

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(click to listen on YouTube)


“Beat” by: Lucy Lu

(click to watch on Vidme)