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Awards2010
EXHIBITION AWARD / PRIX DE L'EXPOSITION
Orozco

Universal Code: Art and Cosmology in the Information Age
The Power Plant
Gregory Burke Curator / Conservatrice
Artists / Artistes
Adel Abdessemed, Franz Ackermann, Angela Bulloch, Mircea Cantor, Janet Cardiff & George Bures Miller, Cerith Wyn Evans, Henrik Håkansson, Antonia Hirsch, Thomas Hirschhorn, Ann Veronica Janssens, Kimsooja, Jed Lind, Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle, Josiah McElheny, Tania Mouraud, Gabriel Orozco, The Otolith Group, Adrian Paci, Trevor Paglen, Katie Paterson, Fred Tomaselli, Keith Tyson

Jury Citation: The Power Plant manages the near impossible task of taking on the entire cosmos in one project. The ambitious exhibition strikes a balance between concept, aesthetics and complex technical requirements. The result is an effective and deeply moving experience for the viewer.

EXHIBITION AWARD / PRIX DE L'EXPOSITION
Ashoona

Noise Ghost: Shuvinai Ashoona and Shary Boyle
Justina M. Barnicke Gallery, Hart House
Nancy Campbell Curator / Conservatrice
Artists / Artistes
Shuvinai Ashoona, Shary Boyle

Jury Citation: Across great geographical distances, Cape Dorset artist Shuvinai Ashoona is paired with Toronto artist Shary Boyle, revealing strikingly similar imagery and themes. The artists in this two person exhibition appear to be kindred spirits, with their shared attraction to the fantastical, the monstrous, and the strange. In Noise Ghost, conventional expectations of Inuit art are reconfigured through the intelligent positioning of it alongside contemporary work from the south.  

EXHIBITION DESIGN AND INSTALLATION AWARD /
PRIX DU DESIGN ET DE L'INSTALLATION D'EXPOSITION
Cardoso

Maria Fernanda Cardoso: Fashion and Mimesis
Rodman Hall Art Centre, Brock University
Gary Genosko Curator & Exhibition Designer / Conservateur & Conception de l'exposition
Maria Fernanda Cardoso Artist / Artiste
Matt Harley, Susan Kyle Gallery Team / Équipe chargée de l'installation à la galerie

Jury Citation: Echoes of Victorian curiosities are to be found in “Maria Fernanda Cardoso: Fashion and Mimesis,” which was so beautifully installed amidst the marble fireplaces and plaster cornices of Rodman Hall Art Centre. Jury 1 recognizes this exhibition design for facilitating an appreciation of Cardoso’s emu feather sculpture-like garments as stunning, wearable art and challenging the viewer’s conceptions of the aesthetics of discarded organic materials.

ART PUBLICATION AWARD / PRIX DU LIVRE D’ART
David Hoffos

David Hoffos: Scenes from the House Dream
Rodman Hall Art Centre, 2010
Editors / Éditrices Audrey McClellan & Morna Greuel
Artist / Artiste David Hoffos
Curator and Project Coordinator / Commissaire et coordonatrice du projet Shirley Madill
Writers / Écrivains David Garneau, Nancy Tousley, Chester Pelkey

Jury Citation: An art piece in itself, Scenes from the House Dream pushes beyond the limits of a standard catalogue. The captivating publication provides a sensory experience reminiscent of the haunting and dreamlike environment found within David Hoffos’ work. The concept for the publication is fully realized through strong documentation of the artist’s insightful text and great design.

  SPECIAL RECOGNITION / RECONNAISSANCE SPÉCIALE
Inuit Art from the Carleton University Art Gallery

Sanattiaqsimajut: Inuit Art from the Carleton University Art Gallery
Carleton University Art Gallery, 2009
Editors / Éditeurs Sandra Dyck, General Editor; Susan McMaster and Morel McMaster, editors
Artists / Artistes
Abraham POV (Inukjuak), Davidialuk Alasua Amittu (Puvirnituq), Sakkiassee Anaija (Taloyoak), Eva Talooki Aliktiluk (Arviat), Peter Aliknak (Ulukhaktok), Mark Uqittuq Amaamattuaq (Salluit), Martha Apsaq (Qamanittuaq), Luke Anguhadluq (Qamanittuaq), Peter Angutiguluk (Inukjuak), Noah Annanack (Kangiqsualujjuaq), George Arluk (Arviat), Barnabus Arnasungaaq (Qamanittuaq), Kenojuak Ashevak (Kinngait), Pitseolak Ashoona (Kinngait), Jobie Crow (Umiujaq), Romeo Eekerkik (Arviat), Mark Emerak (Ulukhaktok), Sheojuk Etidlooie (Kinngait), Tivi Etook (Kangiqsualujjuaq), Abraham Etungat (Kinngait), Agnes Nanogak Goose (Ulukhaktok), Charlie Inukpuk (Inukjuak), Johnny Inukpuk (Inukjuak), Tuna Iquliq (Qamanittuaq), Mattiusi Iyaituk (Ivujivik), Nutaraluk Iyaituk (Ivujivik), Irene Taviniq Kaluraq (Qamanittuaq), Helen Kalvak (Ulukhaktok), Pauloosie Karpik (Panniqtuuq), John Kavik (Kangiqliniq), Kiakshuk (Kinngait), Hannah Kigusiuq (Qamanittuaq), Janet Kigusiuq (Qamanittuaq), Abe Kingmiaqtuq (Taloyoak), Ekidluak Komoartok (Panniqtuuq), Suzie Konana (Uqsuqtuuq), Adamie Kovianituk (Iqaluit), Levi Kudluarlik (Panniqtuuq), Tumasi Kudluk (Kangirsuk), Myra Kukiiyaut (Qamanittuaq), Pie Kukshout (Kangiqliniq), Evoo Samgusaq Mangelik (Kangiqliniq), Elijah Michael (Kimmirut), Andy Miki (Arviat), Pitseolak Niviaqsi (Kinngait), Mary K. Okheena (Ulukhaktok), Francoise Katalik Oklaga (Qamanittuaq), Jessie Oonark (Qamanittuaq), Sheojuk Oqutaq (Kinngait), Anirnik Oshuitoq (Kinngait), Timothy Ottochie (Kinngait), John Pangnark (Arviat), Josie Papialook (Puvirnituq), Parr (Kinngait), Annie Pitsiulak (Panniqtuuq), Lipa Pitsiulak (Panniqtuuq), Davidee Piungituq (Kanngiqtugaapik), Pootoogook (Kinngait), Sharni Pootoogook (Kinngait), Oosoochiak Pudlat (Kinngait), Pudlo Pudlat (Kinngait), Andrew Qappik (Panniqtuuq), Annie Qimirpik (Kimmirut), Nuyaliaq Qimirpik (Kimmirut), Lucy Qinnuayuak (Kinngait), Eegyvudluk Ragee (Kinngait), Pitaloosie Saila (Kinngait), Pauta Saila (Kinngait), Nick Sikkuark (Kugaaruk), Joata Suqslak (Taloyoak), George Tataniq (Qamanittuaq), John Tiktak (Kangiqliniq), Simon Tookoome (Qamanittuaq), Noah Tukai (Inukjuak), Alasi Audla Tullaugak (Puvirnituq), Ruth Annaqtuusi Tulurialik (Qamanittuaq), Ovilu Tunnillie (Kinngait), Marion Tuu’luq (Qamanittuaq), Jean-Marie Udliak (Kangiqliniq), Judas Ullulaq (Uqsuqtuuq), and several unknown artists
Writers / Écrivains Ingo Hessel and Sandra Dyck (main essays); 500-word catalogue entries by 33 guest writers: Drew Armour, Shannon Bagg, Jennifer Cartwright, Mary-Louise Davis, Dorothy Harley Eber, Bernadette Driscoll Engelstad, Patricia Feheley, Jennifer Gibson, Linda Grussani, Anna Hudson, Heather Igloliorte, Marion Jackson, Robert Kardosh, Christine Lalonde, Kenneth Lister, Jenny McMaster, Melania Medd, Krystina Mierins, Marybelle Mitchell, Wendy Moir, Judith Nasby, Crystal Parsons, Marie Routledge, Leslie Boyd Ryan, Terrence Ryan, Pitaloosie Saila, Laura Schneider, Lucy Tasseor Tutsweetok, Norman Vorano, Cynthia Waye, Sally Qimmiunaaq Webster, Darlene Coward Wight, Norman Zepp

Jury Citation: The publication is a rich exploration of contemporary and historical perspectives on Inuit art. The depth of content, ranging from academic to personal writing, promotes the mandate of the organization and strengthens the knowledge base in the field. The book is a valuable research tool for experts, as well as providing accessible and insightful content for general readers.

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CURATORIAL WRITING AWARDS / PRIX DES TEXTES DE CONSERVATION
Toys Are Us

ESSAY / ESSAI
Sandra Dyck

"Toys Are Us"
Michele Provost: Selling Out
Carleton University Art Gallery, 2010

Jury Citation: Michele Provost’s art star figurines, trading cards, and embroidered comic book covers make for excellent fodder for curator Sandra Dyck to expound on the evils and virtues of our hyper capitalist moment. In Toys Are Us, the place of the art object and the artist as object are carefully teased out amongst Marxist consciousness, and the sometimes playful--and oftentimes serious--joys of collecting.

Funkaesthetics

ESSAY / ESSAI
Luis Jacob

"Funkaesthetics: One Alien-nation Under a Groove"
Funkaesthetics
Justina M. Barnicke Gallery, Hart House, Confederation Centre Art Gallery, 2009

Juy Citation: Funkaesthetics is an enticing and innovative work that engages the reader to rediscover funk. Luis Jacobs takes risks with his writing style to fit the theme. The writer creates meaningful connections within the curatorial content and brings fresh perspective on the strategies of funk.

South South

ESSAY / ESSAI
Tejpal S. Ajji and Jon Soske

"South-South Interruptions & Encounters"
South-South Interruptions & Encounters
Justina M. Barnicke Gallery, Hart House, 2009

Jury Citation: Dealing with the intersections of African and South Asian art means taking on colonial history and identity. In South-South Interruptions & Encounters, Tejpal Ajji and Jon Soske rub up against the edges of the many contradictions involved in such work, and do not shy away from building a persuasive conceptual framework for how and why they are making these
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ART WRITING AWARD / PRIX DU TEXTE SUR L'ART
PREFIX

Jacob Korczynski
"Jamal Cyrus on the Cut: Pride Records 1967-1975"
Prefix Photo 20: Archival Legacies

Prefix Institute of Contemporary Art, 2009

Jury Citation: In the “Pride Records” series, Houston artist Jamal Cyrus explores a revisionist approach to the history of the civil rights movement by using collage to deconstruct and reconstruct both real and fictional narratives. In this essay, Jacob Korczynski gives us a smart and insightful interpretation of this series through the lens of the “cut” and illuminates the links that Cyrus draws between a historical political struggle and a contemporary black experience as he responds to that revolutionary moment.

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PUBLIC PROGRAM AWARD / PRIX DE PROGRAMME PUBLIQUE
Performance Bus

The Performance Bus
Emelie Chhangur, Curator
Art Gallery of York University, 2010-2003
Artists: Mariko Tamaki, Darren O'Donnell, Keith Cole, Emelie Chhangur, Misha Glouberman, Steve Reinke, Jacob Wren, Mirha-Soleil Ross, Andrew J. Paterson, Luis Jacob, Dave Dyment and Roula Partheniou, The Pillow Fight League (PFL), Ulysses Castellanos, Carolyn Tripp, Katie Bethune-Leamen, Daniel Borins and Jennifer Marman, Ina Unt Ina (Celina Caroll and Christina Zeidler), Diane Borsato (with Blair Watson), Madame Zsa Zsa (Andrew Harwood), Mantler (Chris Cummings), Allyson Mitchell

Jury Citation: Innovative and always a fun ride, The Performance Bus provides a practical solution to the Art Gallery of York University’s location issue while engaging and building a captive - and captivated - audience. Cleverly curated for the unconventional venue, The Performance Bus brings a DIY energy to the commute through the changing cityscape of downtown Toronto to North York.
 
Photo: AGYU Performance Bus
Diane Borsato, Snake Bus, 2009
Courtesy of the Art Gallery of York University (AGYU)

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PARTNER AWARD / PRIX DU PARTENARIAT
Dr. Isabel Bader

Dr. Isabel Bader Partner / Partenaire
The Isabel Bader Research Fellowship in Textile Conservation
Agnes Etherington Art Centre, 2010

Jury Citation: The partnership between the Agnes Etherington Art Centre and Dr. Isabel Bader through The Isabel Bader Research Fellowship in Textile Conservation ensures that the study, preservation and promotion of textiles continues to flourish in Canada. Dr. Isabel Bader has played a vital and dynamic role in establishing the Fellowship. Along with the Agnes Etherington Art Centre, we appreciate her dedication and collaborative spirit.

EDUCATOR AWARD / PRIX DE L'ÉDUCATEUR
articulation

Amber Yared and Véronique Couillard
Educators / Éducatrices

Articulation: Critical Art Writing Workshop Series / Série d'ateliers sur la rédaction de critiques d'art
The Ottawa Art Gallery, 2009

Jury Citation: Informed, accessible critical art writing is vital to a robust arts culture in Canada. Good writing helps the audience to interpret the individual and social value inherent in any given work and to understand the significance of the work being produce. By providing both established and aspiring writers with this unique arts education opportunity, this workshop series makes a valuable contribution to the development of contemporary art writing in Ontario.

outreach

May Truong, Laura Barron, Melissa General, Jennie Cherniak, Chris Ironside Educators / Éducateurs
OUTREACH
Gallery 44 Centre for Contemporary Photography, 2010

Jury Citation: The arts are essential for the functioning of a healthy community and the “OUTREACH” program has created space for new artists to emerge in several communities across Toronto. Jury One awards Gallery 44 for this thoughtfully designed arts education program that prioritizing both community collaboration as well as youth engagement in its development and implementation.

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VOLUNTEER AWARD / PRIX DU BÉNÉVOLAT

Phyllis Cohen

Alan Cohen

Alan and Phyllis Cohen Volunteers / Bénévoles
Museum London

Jury Citation: For over twenty years, Alan and Phyllis Cohen have dedicated their time, skills and resources to enhance London’s visual arts community. Their volunteering commitments are immeasurable and have ranged from serving on boards of arts institutions, mentoring students to establishing arts-based programs. Without a doubt, the Cohens' generosity and support has fostered a shared sense of cooperation amongst London’s artistic commusnity.

  SPECIAL RECOGNITION / RECONNAISSANCE SPÉCIALE
Popsy

Popsy Johnstone Volunteer / Bénévole
Justina M. Barnicke Gallery, Hart House

Jury Citation: The jury appreciates the opportunity to acknowledge Popsy Johnstone’s generous volunteer efforts with both the Justina M. Barnicke Gallery as well as The Power Plant. Over the years, Popsy has actively assisted both organizations and for that, the jury awards her a special recognition.

COLLEAGUE AWARD / PRIX DU COLLÈGUE

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT /PRIX POUR L'ENSEMBLE DE SON OEUVRE
Mela Constantinidi Colleague / Collègue
The Ottawa Art Gallery

Jury Citation: Mela Constantinidi’s distinguished career in the arts has extended far beyond the walls of The Ottawa Art Gallery. In her roles as an arts administrator, gallerist and community funding officer, a number of provincial and national art institutions have greatly benefitted from her active contribution for over thirty years. Mela’s work has been truly inspiring and this award is in recognition of her lifetime achievement.

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DESIGN AWARDS / PRIX DU DESIGN
  BOOKS / LIVRES
Michael Cambpell

Rodolfo Borello and Jennifer de Freitas, Associés libres design
Michael Campbell: Field Recordings of Icebergs Melting
Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Kingston, 2009

Jury Citation: This publication mines a journal sensibility without mimicry or becoming clichéd. The presentation of the art never feels crowded in the diminutive format. The journey through the publication/project frames the work with respect and excitement.

Reverse Engeneered

Kelsey Blackwell, Studio : Blackwell,
Reverse Engineered / Rétro-ingénerie: Alexandre Castonguay and Mathieu Bouchard
Carleton University Art Gallery, Ottawa, 2009

Jury Citation: The typographic approach to this publication takes chances but doesn't conflict with the work represented. It is well integrated while providing conceptual support. The design conveys a sensibility of the "scientific manual" without becoming overt. Images are given the scale and space required to allow the work to speak for itself.

James Carl

Sarah Robayo Sheridan and Chris Kennedy
James Carl: do you know what: a survey 1990-2008 Justina M. Barnicke Gallery,Cambridge Galleries,
Macdonald Stewart Art Centre, 2009

Jury Citation: This publication is clean and contemporary, with great imagery and minimalist typography. It has a great utilization of space within the small format and is materially well resolved.

Leonard Baskin

Branka Vidovic Neographics, Hamilton
Leonard Baskin: Works in the collection of the MMA McMaster Museum of Art, Hamilton, 2009

Jury Citation: Typography, colour and paper binding framed by an appreciation of hand set type from the turn of the century looks and feels exciting without upstaging the artwork itself. The typography is informed, exciting, classic and we applaud her acumen in its treatment and detailing. The net outcome is a fresh, fun and memorable book.

Shelagh Keeley

Underline Studio
Shelagh Keeley
The Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Oshawa,
McMaster Museum of Art, Hamilton, 2010

Jury Citation: This fine publication begins with an interactive experience of "unfolding" the cover, with both humour and restraint in perfect balance. Exquisite typography, beautiful sensitivity to laying out both art and typography and a perfect choice of materials—the designer is present and invisible at the same time.

  PERIODICAL / PÉRIODIQUE
Prefix Photo

Underline Studio
Prefix Photo 20: Archival Legacies
Prefix Institute of Contemporary Art, Toronto, 2009

Jury Citation: Prefix Photo is always a pleasure to peruse, a completely resolved package. This publication is designed by an accomplished designer who clearly has an interest in the incredible array of photographic work presented. Feature articles present the work with intelligence and complexity, without compromising or upstaging it. The typography is concise and supportive, a perfect balance of variety and continuity.

DESIGN AWARDS / PRIX DU DESIGN
HONOURABLE MENTIONS / MENTIONS HONORABLES
William Brymner

Rodolfo Borello and Jennifer de Freitas Associés libres design
William Brymner: Artist, Teacher, Colleague /
William Brymner : peintre, professeur et confrère
Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Kingston, 2010

 

Art Gallery of York Bryan Gee
And While I Have Been Lying Here Perfectly Still: The Saskia Olde Wolbers Files
Art Gallery of York University, Toronto, 2009
HELLO out there Ken Ogawa
HELLO, OUT THERE The 1984 Miss General Idea Pavillion
Art Gallery of York University, Toronto, 2009
Mercer Union Mercer Union
Exhibition Brochures
Mercer Union, Toronto, 2009-2010
Lahey Kelsey Blackwell, Studio: Blackwell
James Lahey: Guido’s Rhombus
Museum London, 2009
Colour Ball Claire Christie
Scott Lyall: THE POWER/COLOR BALL The Power Plant, Toronto, 2009
Walter Murch Underline Studio
Walter Murch: The Spirit of Things
The Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Oshawa, 2009

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