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Awards2010

33rd Annual OAAG Awards
Friday, September 24, 2010, 4:00 pm / le vendredi 24 septembre 2010, 16h00

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Galerie Justina M. Barnicke Gallery, Hart House
7 Hart House Circle, University of Toronto, ON / 7, cercle Hart House, Université de Toronto, ON

PROVINCIAL VISUAL ART AWARD WINNERS ANNOUNCED
(Toronto)- The Ontario Association of Art Galleries announced its 2010 OAAG Award winners September 24, 2010 at the University of Toronto’s Hart House to nearly 150 guests.

Twenty awards, two special recognitions and seven honourable mentions recognized works in Ontario's visual arts.

The following 15 galleries from nine cities were acknowledged:

Agnes Etherington Art Centre (Kingston)
Art Gallery of York University (Toronto)
Cambridge Galleries (Cambridge)
Carleton University Art Gallery (Ottawa)
Gallery 44 Centre for Contemporary Photography (Toronto)
Justina M. Barnicke Gallery, Hart House (Toronto)
Macdonald Stewart Art Centre (Guelph)
McMaster Museum of Art (Hamilton)
Mercer Union, A Centre for Contemporary Visual Art (Toronto)
Museum London (London)
Prefix Institute of Contemporary Art (Toronto)
Rodman Hall Arts Centre / Brock University (St. Catharines)
The Ottawa Art Gallery / La Galerie d’art d’Ottawa (Ottawa)
The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery at Harbourfront Centre (Toronto)
The Robert McLaughlin Art Gallery (Oshawa)

“The OAAG Awards celebrate the visual arts in Ontario,” said Nataley Nagy, president of the Ontario Association of Art Galleries (OAAG) board of directors. “They are the only annual juried awards to recognize excellence and significant achievement in the public art gallery sector across Ontario.”

The 33rd annual OAAG Awards recognized works in 10 categories - Exhibition of the Year, Exhibition Design and Installation, Writing, Public Program, Education, Art Publication of the Year, Design, Partner, Volunteer and Colleague.

Twenty-seven OAAG member public art galleries in 20 cities across Ontario were nominated.

2010 jurors included:

Graphic designers: Debbie Adams, Carmen Duniko and Jessica Rose
Visual art professionals: Fay Gu, Director, Gallery Stratford
Michele Clarke, filmmaker
Victoria Moufawad-Paul, Programming & Exhibition Coordinator, A Space
Nadia Kurd, Curator, Thunder Bay Art Gallery, and
Ian Ross, Director, Burlington Art Centre.

Cecilia Berkovic designed the OAAG Award for 2010. She created a custom congratulatory banner around the phrase “Good for Us,” chosen as an acknowledgment for individual achievements in 2010 as well as for all the hard work art professionals do year-round. The OAAG Award is an artist commission produced in a limited edition for this year’s OAAG Award winners.

Berkovic is a visual artist and award-winning graphic designer living in Toronto. Her photo-based work includes print and poster projects as well as installation. 

The Awards Ceremony

The OAAG Awards annually draws a cross-generational audience of nationally-known visual art professionals from OAAG member galleries and from the art community. It is a free and public annual ceremony and reception.

2010 presenters included RM Vaughan, a Toronto-based writer and video artist, and other visual arts professionals, including Yves Théoret, Roy Mitchell, Barbara Fischer, Brian Meehan, Janet M. Brooke, Michèle Clark, Victoria Moufawad-Paul, Carolyn Vesely and Francine Périnet.

She King, a rising pop-indie-rock band, performed at the 2010 reception and the artist collectie Cry School Yearbook provided classic metal and rock makeovers to guests.

She King features Shawnee Lynne Talbot (lead vocals, guitar), Azur Dodgers (guitar), Jordan B Wright (bass) and Cathy Marchese (drums). Shawnee Lynne Talbot was recently nominated best female front at the Toronto Independent Music Awards.

Cry School Yearbook is an artist collaboration between Jennie Suddick, Alison S. M. Kobayashi, Emily Gove and Cameron Lee. Cry School Yearbook has been featured as part of Blackwood Gallery’s “Drop Out” during Nuit Blanche at Hart House, and Hallwall’s “Artists and Models: Stimulus.”

OAAG is a registered charitable organization that serves and represents Ontario’s dynamic public art galleries as valued and essential centres of art and learning. Over 200 organizations and individuals are members.

Nominated Galleries 2010

Agnes Etherington Art Centre (Kingston)
Art Gallery of Peel (Brampton)
Art Gallery of Sudbury / Galerie d’art Sudbury (Sudbury)
Art Gallery of York University (Toronto)
Cambridge Galleries (Cambridge)
Carleton University Art Gallery (Ottawa)
Gallery 44 Centre for Contemporary Photography (Toronto)
Justina M. Barnicke Gallery, Hart House (Toronto)
Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery (Kitchener)
Macdonald Stewart Art Centre (Guelph)
MacLaren Art Centre (Barrie)
McMaster Museum of Art (Hamilton)
Mercer Union, A Centre for Contemporary Visual Art (Toronto)
Museum London (London)
Oakville Galleries (Oakville)
Prefix Institute of Contemporary Art (Toronto)
Robert Langen Art Gallery, Wilfred Laurier University (Waterloo)
Rodman Hall Arts Centre / Brock University (St. Catharines)
Station Gallery (Whitby)
Textile Museum of Canada (Toronto)
The Blackwood Gallery (Mississauga)
The Ottawa Art Gallery / La Galerie d’art d’Ottawa (Ottawa)
The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery at Harbourfront Centre (Toronto)
The Robert McLaughlin Art Gallery (Oshawa)
Tom Thomson Art Gallery (Owen Sound)
Varley Art Gallery (Markham)
WKP Kennedy Gallery (North Bay)

 

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