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Art Awards and Prizes
Curry's Award
Drawing 2010, John B. Aird Gallery
Toronto, Ontario

Best in Show Award
Celebration of the Arts 2009
Uxbridge, Ontario

Jurors’ Choice Award
Juried Art Show 2008
Orillia Museum of Art & History
Orillia, Ontario

Caron Cooper Award
Convergence Exhibition 2005
Tom Thomson Memorial Art Gallery Owen Sound, Ontario

Purchase Award
Graphex II Exhibition 1974
Art Gallery of Brant
Brantford, Ontario

Purchase Award
Winnipeg Show 1970
Winnipeg, Manitoba

First Prize
Spring Exhibition 1969
Agnes Etherington Art Centre
Queen's University
Kingston, Ontario

Prize, Winnipeg Show 1968
Winnipeg, Manitoba

Purchase Award
2nd Atlantic Awards Exhibition 1967 Halifax, Nova Scotia

Scholarships and Grants
Canada Council Grants, 1976, 1967

Leverhulme Canadian Painting Scholarship, 1962–63
David Samila photo
David Samila is a graduate of the Winnipeg School of Art at the University of Manitoba, Canada. After completing his studies there, he was awarded the Leverhulme Canadian Painting Scholarship and moved to London, England where he did post-graduate study at the Slade School of Fine Art.

David lived in London and Rome for a time before returning to Canada to pursue his art vocation. In addition to working as an artist, he taught Fine Art at York University, the Winnipeg School of Art, the Alberta College of Art and Mount Allison University.

After more than 10 years of teaching, David embarked on a career as a bush pilot. From Yukon to Labrador, David worked for tourist outfitters, natural resource exploration and general aviation companies, flying aircraft such as the de Havilland Beaver, de Havilland Otter and PBY Catalina Flying Boat.

These days, David devotes himself to art-making and exhibiting from his home near Orillia, Ontario.