Detail from Robert Houle, Sandy Bay, 2007, oil on Masonite, 22.9 x 29.8 cm, collection of the artist.

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Robert Houle, Morning Star, 1976, acrylic on canvas, 121 x 151 cm, Indigenous Art Centre, Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada, Gatineau

Robert Houle – Founders Achievement Award 2020, Art Canada Institute – Project Support Award 2015
Learn more by reading Robert Houle: Life and Work authored by Shirley Madill, deputy director of the Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery.
The book can be read online or downloaded at no charge and also featured on the same site is a video of an Art Talk about Robert’s work.
Click here to watch

Vera Frenkel, Photo of an installation from The Institute or What We Do For Love, 2003+, courtesy

Vera Frenkel – Founders Achievement Award 2018
McIntosh Gallery London, Ontario
Vera Frenkel is represented in the exhibition Computational Arts in Canada 1967-1974, a survey of Canada’s rich contributions to first generation computer art. The exhibition, illuminating the achievement of women artists in this historically male-dominated field, includes the pioneering work of multi-disciplinary Web art innovator Vera Frenkel. Vera’s installation is a two channel version of String Games: Improvisations for Inter-City (Montreal-Toronto 1974) which she created almost 50 years ago.
The Exhibition runs November 5 to December 12. Admission is free and appointments to visit can be booked online at McIntosh Gallery.

Left: Esmaa Mohamoud, One of the Boys (Double Dutch 1), 2018, inkjet photo. Right: One of the Boys (Black), 2019, inkjet photo. All photos courtesy the artist and Georgia Scherman Projects

Esmaa Mohamoud Artist Prize Winner 2019
Border Crossings: Vol.39, No.3, issue 155, November 2020.
Esmaa is featured in The Matter of Black Lives, the focus of this issue. In an interview, Esmaa discusses issues related to race and the arts.
Click here to read it at Border Crossings Magazine

Georgia Dickey, Train, Prepare, Believe (disciples) , 2019
Found metal and boxing gloves,
6 units 73.66cm X 19.05cm X 15.24cm

Georgia Dickie – Artist Prize Winner 2014
Cooper Cole Gallery
Block 31: Railway Lands,
In Georgia’s new public artwork Listening Ears, installed at Block 31, in the Railway Lands, three vertical posts of Cor-Ten steel ascend upwards from the plaza, each with discs attached.
Images of the installation and information can be found at
Cooper Cole Gallery

Installation view: Medicine for a Nightmare (they called, we responded), Mercer Union, 2019. Courtesy the artist. Photo: Toni Hafkenscheid.

Nep Sidhu – Artist Prize Winner 2017
Patel Brown Gallery EAST, Toronto
The series They Awakened in Algorithm, by Nep Sidhu is on exhibit from November 5 – December 19, 2020.
Visit the gallery by appointment.
Patel Brown Gallery EAST

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