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EXHIBITION INSTALLATION AND DESIGN/PRIX DU DESIGN ET DE L’INSTALLATION DE L'EXPOSITION

Shame and Prejudice: A Story of Resilience

Kent Monkman, Guest Curator
Barbara Fischer, Commissioning Curator
Marsya Maharani & Sarah Robayo Sheridan, Exhibition Coordinators
John Abrams, Danielle Greer, Marina Gugliemi, Dax Morrison, Aamna Muzaffar, & Phil Skot, Installation Team

Kent Monkman, Artist

Art Museum at the University of Toronto in partnership with Confederation Centre Art Gallery (Charlottetown), 2017

 

EXHIBITION OF THE YEAR/EXPOSITION DE L’ANNÉE: Budget over $50,000

Shame and Prejudice: A Story of Resilience

Kent Monkman, Guest Curator
Barbara Fischer, Commissioning Curator
Marsya Maharani & Sarah Robayo Sheridan, Exhibition Coordinators
John Abrams, Danielle Greer, Marina Gugliemi, Dax Morrison, Aamna Muzaffar, & Phil Skot, Installation Team

Kent Monkman, Artist

Art Museum at the University of Toronto in partnership with Confederation Centre Art Gallery (Charlottetown), 2017

Jury Comments: "Art Museum at the U of T, Shame and Prejudice: A Story of Resilience is an epic and timely project that addresses and counters Canada’s 150 years of colonialism. Kent Monkman interrogates Canadian painting history and its visual codes. With the help of Miss Chief Eagle Testickle, his time-travelling alter ego, Monkman reconfigures this history by disrupting the great Canadian narrative with painterly devices that reveal the damaging consequences of colonial occupation on indigenous people, culture and land. From their nomination, “Monkman conveys the non-linearity of history and the intergenerational persistence of trauma.” This ambitious and enlightening exhibition is matched by an ambitious touring schedule that will take it to eight other major art institutions in Canada through 2020."

MONOGRAPHIC EXHIBITION OF THE YEAR/EXPOSITION MONOGRAPHIQUE DE L’ANNÉE: Budget over $20,000

Heather Hart: Northern Oracle

Ann MacDonald, Curator
Heather Hart & Ann MacDonald, Exhibition Designers
Erin Peck, Exhibition Coordinator
Dax Morrison, Heather Hart & BMI Construction, Installation Team

Heather Hart, Artist

Doris McCarthy Gallery, University of Toronto Scarborough, 2017

 

Jury Comments: "Doris McCarthy Gallery, Heather Hart: Northern Oracle has uncanny presence, engaging the viewer emotionally and intellectually. The instant rooftop access and attic crawlspace enable viewers to experience new aesthetic possibilities, to (from the nomination) “ consider their own perspectives in relation to the physical structure and in turn, to social structures at play.” The public-private dichotomy within the exhibition allows for a range of opportunities for exchange, with an emphasis on Black histories and a programme of Black Lunch Table discussions."

THEMATIC EXHIBITION OF THE YEAR/EXPOSITION THÉMATIQUE DE L’ANNÉE: Budget over $20,000

I stood before the source

Letters & Handshakes (Greig de Peuter & Christine Shaw), Curators & Exhibition Designers

Petrina Ng, Exhibition Coordinator

Dax Morrison, Matthew Tegel, Sam Cotter, Petrina Ng, Alison Cooley, Installation Team

Abbas Akhavan, Bureu d'etudes, Emma Charles, Revital Cohen & Tuur Van Balen, Carole Condé & Karl Beveridge, Mark Curran, Wally Dion, Keith Hennessy (Circo Zero), Ashley Hunt, Jeremy Hutchison, Richard Ibghy & Marilou Lemmens, Will Kwan, Gerald Nestler, Public Recordings, Public Studio & Darlene Montgomery, Hank Willis thomas & Christopher Myers, Artists

Blackwood Gallery in partnership with the Theatre Centre & Public Studio, 2016

Jury Comments: "I Stood Before the Source engages Blackwood Gallery viewers with the social-political and economic structures and hierarchy governing our lives, literally providing a new platform for understanding capitalist systems. The installation allows for a spatial activation that produces an innovative and immersive choreography of viewership, with works in the exhibition (from their nomination) “testifying to the colonial histories of capitalism and their attendant environmental racism, visualizing economic collapses, documenting insider operations of the stock market, and imagining alternate histories.”"

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MONOGRAPHIC EXHIBITION OF THE YEAR/EXPOSITION MONOGRAPHIQUE DE L’ANNÉE: Budget under $20,000

Open Space Lab 01: Gita Hashemi

Anna Khimasia, Curator
Gita Hashemi & Anna Khimasia, Exhibition Designers
Sandra Dyck, Exhibition Coordinator
Patrick Lacasse, John Rosefield, James Diak, Installation Team

Gita Hashemi, Artist

Carleton University Art Gallery (CUAG), 2017

Jury Comments: "Carleton University Art Gallery, Anna Khimasia, Open Space Lab 01: Gita Hashemi is a multi-layered, performative and collaborative exhibition which incorporates electronic media in the dissemination of the artist’s drawing process on and beyond the gallery walls. Formal and cultural aspects are intertwined in a series of calligraphic manuscripts rooted in representations of freedom and gender that “transgress geographical, political and cultural boundaries.” "

THEMATIC EXHIBITION OF THE YEAR/EXPOSITION THÉMATIQUE DE L’ANNÉE: Budget under $20,000

Canadian Belonging(s)

Ellyn Walker, Curator & Exhibition Designer
Kendra Ainsworth, Exhibition Coordinator
Michael Beynon & Brian Davis, Installation Team

Basil AlZeri, Pansee Atta, Sonny Assu, Cindy Blaževi?, Vanessa Dion Fletcher, Cheryl L'Hirondelle, Kristie MacDonald, Meryl McMaster & Abdi Osman, Artists

Art Gallery of Mississauga, 2016

Jury Comments: "Art Gallery of Mississauga, Ellyn Walker (curator), Canadian Belonging(s) examines national identity from the perspectives of artists from indigenous, settler and new Canadian backgrounds, with largely photo-based works that are, in this group configuration, “taking a nuanced look at expressions of nationalism” that are at once disarming and impactful. "

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EXHIBITION OF THE YEAR/EXPOSITION DE L’ANNÉE: Budget under $10,000



Elizabeth Chitty: The Grass is Still Green

Marcie Bronson, Curator
Matthew Tegel, Installation Team

Elizabeth Chitty, Artist

Rodman Hall Art Centre, 2016

Jury Comments: "Rodman Hall Art Centre/Brock University, Elizabeth Chitty: The Grass is Still Green expands the gallery into the surrounding lands. Elizabeth Chitty, a veteran performance artist, cultural worker and defender of artist’s rights on the Canadian scene, breaks ground and enables the land to speak its local history. The contours of the resulting land work invites the community into a conversation about and a walk through history. From the nomination, “Chitty responded to the Two Row Wampum, the 1613 agreement between Haudenosaunee and Europeans that outlines a commitment to friendship, peace between peoples, and living in parallel forever...”"

INNOVATION IN COLLECTIONS-BASED EXHIBITON/INNOVATION DANS UNE EXPOSITION D’UNE COLLECTION

Maura Doyle: the Vessel, that with fugitive Articulation answer’d, how deep is your love?

Heather Anderson, Curator & Exhibition Coordinator
Maura Doyle & Heather Anderson, Exhibition Designers
Patrick Lacasse, Karina Bergmans & Gilles Gaudet, Installation Team

Maura Doyle, Artist

Carleton University Art Gallery , 2016

Jury Comments: "Carleton University Art Gallery, Maura Doyle: the Vessel, that with fugitive Articulation answer'd, how deep is your love? Doyle’s archaeological research into the collection of Carleton University Art Gallery unearths ancient vessels which form a dialogue with her clay pots that spans centuries, and while pondering the inner spaces of the pots transforms the exhibition space itself into a container of ideas that warp time. From the nomination, “Doyle sought to understand these ostensibly universal objects, made by different cultures and in different items, and inviting viewers to d the same. The exhibition as a whole brought the limits of cultural frameworks into sharp relief by activating and expanding each viewer’s horizon of interpretation.”"

 

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FIRST EXHIBITION IN A PUBLIC ART GALLERY

After great pain, a formal feeling comes…

Megan Toye, Curator, Exhibition Designer & Exhibition Coordinator

Ellen Bleiwas, Kriss Janik & Erin Vincent, Artists

Art Gallery of York University (AGYU) in partnership with Gales Gallery, 2016

Jury Comments: "Art Gallery of York University, Megan Toye, After great pain, a formal feeling comes…is a successful representation of loss and melancholia cultivated in a spare installation of objects and sound and space. This approach to a difficult subject is both effective and engaging. The context is illuminated by a strong supporting text and a poem by Emily Dickinson in the accompanying exhibition pamphlet"

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CURATORIAL ART WRITING/DU TEXTE SUR L'ART DE CONSERVATION: Major Text over 5,000 words

Emelie Chhangur

“Paving it Forth”
From the publication Marlon Griffith Symbols of Endurance

Art Gallery of York University (AGYU), 2017

Jury Comments: "Art Gallery of York University, Emelie Chhangur, "Paving it Forth" creatively and expressively documents Marlon Griffith’s Ring of Fire procession from its inception as an idea into a process of collaboration with diverse communities including First Nations and a variety of underserved neighborhoods, to cumulative effect. Chhangur’s text illuminated the significant role of art in social change. The collective act of performative action and mixed traditions transformed into advocacy for disability rights and a call for the Parapan American Games. The interaction, meetings, communications and symbolic regalia are profusely reflected in the gallery exhibition and its publication."

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CURATORIAL ART WRITING/DU TEXTE SUR L'ART DE CONSERVATION: Text 2,000 - 5,000 words

Gabrielle Moser

“Analogical Thinking”
From the publication Meryl McMaster: Confluence

Carleton University Art Gallery, 2016

cheyanne turions

“Close to Frostbite”
From the publication Meryl McMaster: Confluence

Carleton University Art Gallery, 2016

Jury Comments: "Carleton University Art Gallery, Gabrielle Moser & cheyanne turions essays reflect complementary texts that examine Meryl McMaster’s process and elaborates on the artist’s self discovery through photography and performance, shedding light on how these two mediums intertwine in the artist’s work. The two texts are constructive and open-ended analyses of the in the makingness of the artist’s practice."

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CURATORIAL ART WRITING/DU TEXTE SUR L'ART DE CONSERVATION: Short Text under 2,000 words

Luis Jacob

“Form Follows Fiction: Art and Artists in Toronto”

Art Museum at the University of Toronto, 2016

Jury Comments: "Art Museum at the U of T, Luis Jacob, Form Follows Fiction: Art and Artists in Toronto, reflects the forging of Jacob’s relationship to the subject of art making in Toronto, in a manner that enables the viewer to visualize their own connection to the city. “Presenting a thematic clustering of works by eighty-six artists, the exhibition is premised on the tendency of artists in this city to favour performative and allegorical procedures to articulate their sense of place. Four gestures – mapping, modeling, performing and congregating – serve as guideposts to a diverse array of artistic practices. The exhibition is a constellation of symbolic forms, or memes, that repeatedly appear in the work of artists of different generations; it presents a (fifty-year) panorama of the blueprints that artists have drafted over many decades to give form to life in one of North America’s largest cities"

 

ART WRITING AWARD/PRIX DU TEXTE SUR L'ART

Richard William Hill

“Practical Ornaments: Structure and Infrastructure in the Landscape”
From the publication Infrastructure Canada

Oakville Galleries, 2017

Jury Comments: "Richard William Hill, Practical Ornaments: Structure and Infrastructure In The Landscape essay offers an alternate narrative of Canadian infrastructure from an indigenous perspective. Hill’s own indigenous history and autobiographical meditation on place illuminates the exhibition and provides a multiplicity of perspectives. It stimulants a re-reading the histories of other places - the unspoken histories that dwell in the juxtapositions of utility and land in each of Young and Giroux’s photographs."

PUBLIC PROGRAM AWARD/PRIX DU PROGRAMME PUBLIC

Creative Campaigning: Sameer Farooq: Behind the Eyes

Suzanne Carte, Curator
Sameer Farooq, Artist

Art Gallery of York University (AGYU), 2017

Jury Comments: "Art Gallery of York University, Creative Campaigning: Sameer Farooq: Behind the Eyes is a unique multidisciplinary project that integrates performance with the social scientific in an exploration of the unconscious to thinking and [image] ing. This innovative and collaborative project engages the gallery’s student community in the conceptualizing and making of the project and, in the process, the role of art. From the nomination, “Behind the Eyes is a contemplative work that allowed eight participants to conjure up peaceful scenes, build imaginary worlds, tell existing narratives, and release difficult images. Farooq attempts to unhinge or unstick those images from the mind and allowed students to unabashedly free-form stream their inner pictures that are neither memory or dreams, but are actually what lies in the middle, in imagination."

EDUCATION AWARD/PRIX DE L'ÉDUCATION

Why Look at Cages?

Mitchell Akiyama, Stefan Dolgert, Liz Marshall, Tracy MacDonald, MH Tse, Judith Nicholson, Erika Ritter & Brett Story, Presenters
Alison Cooley, Angela Fernandes, Philip Goodman; Performers; kumari giles, Belinda Kwan & Andrea Spaziani, Moderators

kumari giles, Belinda Kwan & Andrew Spaziani, Performers

Emily Mast: The Cage is a Stage, Related Exhibition
In-School Program: Post-Secondary

Blackwood Gallery, 2017

Jury Comments: " Blackwood Gallery, In-school Program, Post Secondary, Why Look at Cages? Is an innovative art educational program that offers opportunities for knowledge and cross-disciplinary education and interspecies engagement, “an interdisciplinary forum on human and animal captivity and questions of social control”"

 

ART PUBLICATION AWARD/PRIX DE LA PUBLICATION D'ART

From her wooden sleep…

Philip Larratt-Smith, Curator
Ydessa Hendeles, Writer, Concept Designer & Artist
Wayne Gooding, Editor

Lisa Kiss, Design

From her wooden sleep…, Related Exhibition
Art Book

Ydessa Hendeles Foundation, 2017

 

Jury Comments: "Ydessa Hendeles From her wooden sleep is an exquisite publication flush with installation and detail images that functions as an interpretive extension of the exhibition, incorporating the artist’s notes/text and a cd of music which functions as a soundtrack to both the exhibition and the book. From the nomination, “the book develops the show’s themes with new configurations of elements photographed expressly for publication”. The experience of the book is guided by the artist’s minute handling of angle and proximity to the viewer’s benefit."

 

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DESIGN AWARDS/PRIX DU DESIGN: Art Book/Livre d’art

Black Dog Publishing, Graphic Designer

Marlon Griffith: Symbols of Endurance

Art Gallery of York University (AGYU), 2017

Jury Comments: " Numerous factors played a role in our decision to award Marlon Griffith’s book the first place prize for this particular category. Despite not having any knowledge of the artist and his practice (or a fondness for his work, for that matter), the book has been so well designed that it compelled us to flip through it over and over again. The typography is modern, yet simple, and easy to read; the designers have presented Marlon’s works using multiple layouts, keeping the reading experience fresh on every page; large, vibrant images are featured throughout the book, while not detracting from its effective use of blank space and minimalistic approach; and the inclusion of diagrams and other design-related elements help contribute to a healthy balance between the artist’s images and their captions, as well as the texts."

 

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DESIGN AWARDS/PRIX DU DESIGN: Exhibition Catalogue

Lauren Wickware, Graphic Designer

Brendan Fernandes: Lost Bodies

Agnes Etherington Art Centre, 2016

Jury Comments: "The exhibition catalogue for Brendan Fernandes: Lost Bodies was selected by the jury for its exceptional design. Employing a two-colour scheme throughout, the designer develops a rhythm that is consistent from cover to cover. The well-appointed handling of black, orange, and white for graphic treatments, typography, and photo filters expertly communicates the integrity of the content with a dynamic and simple approach. Present, is a seamless integration with the artist’s work. The sophisticated use of space allows the viewer to pause and reflect."
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DESIGN AWARDS/PRIX DU DESIGN: Other Exhibition or Gallery Publication

Matthew Hoffman, Graphic Designer

Blackwood Gallery micropublications

Blackwood Gallery, 2016-2017

Jury Comments: "The jury unanimously chose the Blackwood Gallery’s micropublications for their ingenuity. The publications are quirky and cool as illustrated by design details such as cut-outs and non-invasive cover art. As extensions of the exhibitions, the additional related content is rich, inspires curiosity and draws out a desire to learn more about the gallery. Further, the simple typography is uninterrupted, providing a leisurely pace for the viewer. The jury felt the micropublications comprehensibly support the identity and voice of the gallery."

PARTNERSHIP AWARD/PRIX DU PARTENAIRE

Downtown Rideau Business Improvement Area (D.R.I.B.A.)

On the Rocks & Le pARTy 2016

Ottawa Art Gallery, 2016

Jury Comments: "We agreed that [Downtown Rideau Business Improvement Area] (D.R.B.I.A.) has provided significant support to the [Ottawa Art Gallery] (OAG).

Their sponsorship/support of recent initiatives will help to build and influence future directions that OAG has been embarking upon.

Providing this type of inclusive support with through PR and augmenting event costs is not only timely, especially with the move of the facility but also serves DRIBA well in expanding the purview of what they represent.

OAG is definitely on the rise, attracting a larger audience base, and the actions put in place by DRIBA, especially those that have helped with ancillary ventures such as the Caribbean based event, On the Rocks, help to support a small galleries role in brokering cultural identities while speaking to the importance of embracing the power of difference."

 


LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD/PRIX D’EXCELLENCE POUR L’ENSEMBLE DES RÉALISATIONS

Doina Popescu

Founding Director (Retired)
Ryerson Image Centre

Jury Comments: "Numerous important contributions to the arts in Canada. Popescu’s contributions while at the Goethe-Institute and Ryerson are well known and far-reaching. Doina Popescu spearheaded and put into place many special initiatives in the area of film and photography, things that had impact reaching beyond the institutions she worked with. She is one of those women who continued to “work in the trenches”, making things happen, dedicating her life to supporting specific sectors in the arts that she continues to remain passionate about."

COLLEAGUE AWARD/PRIX DU COLLEGUE

Paul Zingrone

Head of Registration, Installation & Facilities
31 Years of Service

The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery

Jury Comments: "Paul Zingrone’s thirty-one year’s working with the Power Plant is an extraordinary work history to consider! It states in the letter of support for this nomination that “he has mounted over 300 exhibitions, collaborating with Canadian and International artists, curators and scholars to deliver some of the most important and influential contemporary art Toronto has seen."

VOLUNTEER AWARD/PRIX DU BÉNÉVOLAT

Josée Forest-Niesing

Chair Board; Chair, New Gallery Committee
8 Years of Service

Art Gallery of Sudbury | Galerie d’art de Sudbury

Jury Comments: "Having served on the Board of the Art Gallery of Sudbury / Galerie d’art de Sudbury since 2009 and as Chair of the Board of Directors since 2015, Josée Forest-Niesing has proven to be an invaluable volunteer committed to the gallery’s organizational and financial stability. The Gallery is working toward the realization of the new Gallery project and as a strong advocate Josée sits as Co-Chair of the City of Greater Sudbury Joint Art Gallery / Public Library Feasibility Committee.


With extensive experience in the broader community, Josée brings skill, vision to her active participation as she worked internally on revision of by-laws to encouraging potential donors to the collection to representing the Gallery before local, provincial and federal government officials.


Sates Gallery Director Demetra Christakos: “Josée has been the galvanizing advocate for developing the Gallery’s capacity to both work in and to serve the public bilingually in keeping with our contacting documents. Thanks to Josée’s subsequent work on the Nominating Committee, the current Gallery Board includes four Francophone Directors and meets Sudbury’s language profile which is 40% French speaking.”

Josée Forest-Niesing’s contribution to the Art Gallery of Sudbury / Galerie d’art de Sudbury has been sustaining and transformative.  Without hesitation the committee support s this nomination for Volunteer Award."


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