TORONTO, June 17, 2002 - The
2002 Ontario Association of Art Galleries Awards
were announced and presented Monday night, June 17, 2002,
in a one-hour celebration at The Power Plant Contemporary
Art Gallery at Harbourfront Centre, Toronto. Established in
1978, the OAAG Awards are the only annual juried awards to
recognize excellence and significant achievement in programming
and partnerships in the public art galleries of Ontario.
Liz Wylie, curator, University of Toronto Art Centre,
was master of ceremonies for the awards ceremony.
>Check out the list of winners
First Award Category Presented:
The 2002 INCO Curatorial Writing Awards
Carolyn Vesely, Visual Arts and Media Officer,
Ontario Arts Council, presented the first awards of the evening,
the 2002 INCO LIMITED Curatorial Writing Awards.
program chair of the Critical Curatorial Studies program at
the University of British Columbia, was awarded a cash prize
($1000) in the Contemporary category for his essay, "How
to Watch Words" in the catalogue to the exhibition Becky
Singleton, published by the Art Gallery of York University
in 2001. AGYU Director Loretta Yarlow received
the award on the author's behalf. Wood's essay accompanied
the first public gallery exhibition of Toronto artist Rebecca
Singleton's work in 17 years.
Internationally-known Canadian curator Barbara
Fischer, director of Blackwood Gallery in Mississauga,
ON, was awarded a cash prize ($1000) in the Historical category
for the book Love Gasoline published by Toronto artist-run
centre Mercer Union in 2001. Love Gasoline was an
exhibition about the artist's use of the body in sculpture,
performance, video and photo-based works of the late 1960s
and early 1970s. Toronto artist Jay Wilson,
president of Mercer Union, accepted the award on Barbara Fischer's
INCO LIMITED has generously sponsored the annual curatorial
writing awards for twelve consecutive years. INCO's consistent
sponsorship allows the writing awards to be presented as cash
prizes to the writers. Catherine O'May, INCO, was thanked
during the presentation.
Second Award Category Presented:
The 2002 MANACA INC. Design Awards
Canadian designer Bryan Gee, of Bruce Mau
Design, Toronto, introduced the 2002 Manaca Inc. Design Awards
by saying that the skills and achievements of Canadian designers
in this particular field of book, poster and web site design
were highly regarded around the world. Jay Richardson,
Manaca Inc, was thanked during the presentation. Except where
noted, all designers were in attendance to receive their awards.
Exhibition Book (32 pages and over)
designer, for the book Marla Hlady published by The
Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery at Harbourfront Centre
and The Gallery, University of Toronto at Scarborough, in
Andrew Di Rosa/SMALL
Design, for a series of three exhibition books,
Noisemakers, spilled edge soft corners,
and Rebecca Belmore 33 pieces, published by Blackwood
Gallery, University of Toronto at Mississauga, in 2001.
Exhibition Book (32 pages and under)
Timmings and Debay, for the book Panya Clark Espinal:
The Visitor, published by Oakville Galleries. (Gallery
director Francine Périnet accepted
the award on the designer's behalf.)
artist, for the design of the poster for the exhibition Universal
Pictures 3, Blackwood Gallery, University of Toronto
at Mississauga. (Toronto artist Luis Jacob
received the award on the artist's behalf.)
designer, for the brochure for the exhibition Greg Denton:
"anyone lived...," Macdonald Stewart Art Centre,
Gallery Web site
Art Gallery of Ontario,
for the Web site re-design of www.ago.net.
Project team: Ian Rubenzahl, Creative Direction;
James Cordiner, Web Development; Zoubin
Zarin, Flash Programming.
Third Award Category Presented:
Exhibition of the Year
Toronto gallery dealer Susan Hobbs presented
the award for 2002 Exhibition of the Year to Museopathy.
Originated by Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Kingston,
ON, June 23-September 9, 2001, Jennifer Fisher
and Jim Drobnick / Display Cult, Guest Curators,
Jan Allen, Coordinating Curator.
Jan Allen, Curator, Agnes Etherington Art
Centre, accepted the award. The award jury found that Museopathy
was an innovative, multi-site exhibition of regional, national
and international artists' installations and rare and remarkable
objects in eleven of Kingston's highly diverse museums and
heritage sites. The exhibition involved an extended research
phase for the curators, since advance site visits to Kingston
were required by participating regional, national and international
artists. The exhibition successfully mingled distinct audiences
for historical sites and contemporary art.
Fourth Award Presented: The
2002 Educators Award
Toronto-based arts writer Tony Luppino presented
the 2002 Educators Award to the Art
Gallery of Ontario for an innovative youth-directed,
after-school and weekend program for teens aged 14 to 17 called
Teens Behind the Scenes 2001.
Developed by a nine-person advisory committee to provide
enriched art education opportunities, Teens Behind the
Scenes directly involved over 350 students from widely
diverse cultural, economic and social experiences in Art Gallery
of Ontario programs presented to over 1000 other young people.
Teens Behind the Scenes 2001 was originated by Melanie
Fernandez and Janna Graham; developed
by Janna Graham; and delivered by Janna
Graham, Mara Shaugnessy and Jane
Hilton in collaboration with the AGO's teen council.
In front of a cheering audience, Jana Graham
received the award with six young participants from the program.
Fifth Award Presented: The
Samuel E. Weir Partners Award
Margaret Ferguson, President of the Weir
Foundation in Queenston ON, presented the newly-named Samuel
E. Weir Partners Award. This juried award is presented to
a business, foundation or individual having made a highly
significant contribution to a public art gallery in Ontario
in the preceding year.
The 2002 Samuel E. Weir Partners Award was presented to Toronto-area
for their major contribution to the innovative and collaborative
Web-based project Art2Life: The Canadian Century,
www.art2life.ca , organized by the McMichael Canadian Art
Collection, Kleinburg, ON, and the York Region District School
Board and launched in September 2001.
Keith Durrant and Sean Kosey
accepted the award on behalf of ecentricarts inc. Also speaking
were McMichael executive director and CEO Vincent
Varga and creative director Shelley Falconer.
The Partners Award is presented in the name of Samuel E.
Weir, a Queenston-area collector and philanthropist whose
estate, art collection and library now forms OAAG's member
organization RiverBrink-Weir Collection of Art.
Final Award Category: 2002
Newly-elected OAAG President Dennis Geden, director of WKP
Kennedy Gallery in North Bay, announced that the juried 2002
Volunteer Award, which recognizes exemplary contributions
by an individual as a volunteer in a public art gallery throughout
2001, would be shared this year by two volunteers in the province:
for extraordinary service to the Tom Thomson Memorial Art
Gallery, Owen Sound and Joan
Lozinski for outstanding volunteer service to
the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto.
Matthew Teitelbaum, director, Art Gallery
of Ontario, presented the award to Joan Lozinski, and spoke
warmly of her significant contributions as Chair of the Curators'
Circle Committee and organizing member of the 100th Anniversary
Volunteer Eve Baxter was unable to attend the Awards from
Owen Sound, but Demetra Christakos, executive
director, OAAG, read the presentation address provided by
Stuart Reid, Director, of the Tom Thomson
Memorial Art Gallery. Eve Baxter was praised for her leadership
as Chair of the gallery's Management Board and Acquisitions
Committee. Eve Baxter also facilitated the establishment of
an Endowment Fund safeguarding the legacy of the gallery founded
in the memory of Tom Thomson in his hometown for future generations.
Presentation of OAAG Pin
The 2002 OAAG Awards concluded at 7:15 pm with the presentation
of the silver OAAG pin of merit to Liz
Wylie, retiring as president of the Board. Dennis
Geden thanked Liz Wylie for her steady, positive
leadership and unswerving voluntary commitment to the Association
over the preceding years.
The 2002 OAAG Awards Jurors
Debbie Adams, principal designer, Adams + Associates
Janice Carbert, director, Open Studio
Teresa Casas, head of public programming, Oakville Galleries
Petra Chevrier, designer, Bruce Mau Design
Natalie De Vito, director of administration, Mercer Union
Kathleen Pirrie Adams, director, Interaccess Electronic Media
Jenifer Papararo, curator
Eileen Sommerman, editor, C Magazine
OAAG thanks our Awards partners: A La Carte Kitchen Inc.,
INCO LIMITED, Lisa Kiss Design, MANACA Inc., and The Power
Plant Contemporary Art Gallery at Harbourfront Centre for