Posted December 6, 2011


(NIAGARA REGION, December 6, 2011)– Create a legacy that could land in the hands of the Prime Minister, the President of the United States and perhaps the Royal Family. The Niagara 1812 Bicentennial Legacy Council and the Medallic Art Society of Canada are joining forces to seek the best submission of a commemorative medal that depicts the War of 1812 and the 200 years of peace that will be celebrated during the upcoming bicentennial. The chosen medal will be reproduced and given to visiting dignitaries, politicians, sponsors, notable volunteers and the like, during the three years of the bicentennial celebrations.

All submissions will be showcased at the Rodman Hall Art Centre at Brock University from June to August of 2012. A $1,000 reward for the chosen design and $500 for a runner-up for their copyrights, and a special unveiling will take place during the Legacy Council’s Opening Ceremonies Weekend in June of 2012.

“We were so pleased to have Art Ellis of the Medallic Art Society approach us with this creative concept,” explains Brian Merrett, CEO of the Niagara 1812 Bicentennial Legacy Council. “It will definitely be a one-of-a-kind token to give distinguished visitors and persons involved in Niagara’s 1812 bicentennial.”

The Medallic Art Society of Canada (MASC) is a group of artists who are interested and dedicated to the creation and appreciation of the fine art medal as a unique form of artistic expression.

“The making of medals is a traditional art form,” says Art Ellis, of MASC. “For centuries, humans have sought to commemorate special events, people of distinction and high accomplishments with a permanent piece of art they can cherish and hand down for generations. We find it fitting that a medal be created to commemorate the creation of Canada as we know it, following the War of 1812,” Ellis stated.

Terms and conditions can be found at www.medallicart.ca . Submissions are due by May 15, 2012, to Art Ellis of the Medallic Art Society of Canada. (PO BOX 909, St. Catharines, ON. L2R 6Z4)

The Niagara 1812 Bicentennial Legacy Council is a cross-border not-for-profit organization established to commemorate the War of 1812 and celebrate the 200 years of peace between Canada and the United States which have followed.

Additional contact:

Art Ellis
Medallic Art Society of Canada