"Merete Kristiansen and Kate Barron may be on the verge of revolutionizing the Canadian art world."
- anne watson, the vancouver observer
october 12, 2011
it's a thrilling week in the art world. While the dulwich gallery is giving a nod to the "old masters" of canadian art and the frieze art fair is keeping things cool in london, the art gallery of nova scotia is celebrating our homegrown talent in canadian art. the winner of the sobey art award, canada’s pre-eminent award for contemporary canadian art, will be announced at the gallery in halifax tomorrow and we couldn't be more excited!
Adam Gopnik will host this year’s Sobey Art Award ceremony - a not-to-be-missed gala event. This annual prize is given to an artist under 40 who has exhibited in a public or commercial art gallery within 18 months of being nominated.
a total of $70,000 in prize money is awarded annually; $50,000 to the winner and $5,000 to the other four finalists.
the art gallery of nova scotia accepts nominations for the sobey art award, for each of the five regions, from recognized agents and institutions. it's kind of a big deal...
It's going to be very difficult to pick a winner this year since the applicants are so diverse and each show their own strengths. from electromagnetics to photography, these artists have go it covered.
The 2011 Short List
Atlantic Zeke Moores
Québec Manon De Pauw
Ontario Christian Giroux and Daniel Young
Prairies and the North Sarah Anne Johnson
West Coast Charles Stankievech
who are the judges?
the 2011 sobey art award curatorial panel consists of:
bruce johnson, curator at the rooms provincial art gallery
gaëtane verna, director and chief curator, musée d'art de joliette
marnie fleming, curator of contemporary art, oakville art galleries
ryan doherty, curator, southern alberta art gallery
mary bradshaw, gallery director, yukon arts centre
want to see the real deal? An exhibition of their work is on view at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia until January 8, 2012.
to find out more, check out the profile for the sobey art award on theartmarket.ca!