Our Prize Winners in the News April Edition

Edward Burtynsky  Founders Achievement Award 2008

Edward Burtynsky has an upcoming solo exhibition, Edward Burtynsky: Rare Earth, at the Nicholas Metivier Gallery at 190 Richmond Street East, Toronto from May 11 to June 8. The exhibition features new images from Iceland and British Columbia’s Coast Mountains; these are striking examples of Burtynsky’s increasingly abstract and nuanced approach in visualizing how we are shaping the planet.

Alexa Hatanaka  Artist Prize Finalist 2023
Nep Sidhu  Artist Prize Winner 2017

Alexa Hatanaka and Nep Sidhu are featured in the exhibition, Eroding Territory, at the Patel Brown Gallery, 21 Wade Ave, Unit 2, Toronto from March 28 to May 11. Dismantling colonial structures of landscape, the works featured in the exhibition expose the multiple and complicated space of diasporic identities.

Winnie Truong  Artist in Project Support Award 2021

Winnie Truong has an upcoming solo exhibition, Winnie Truong: Curious Natureat Contemporary Calgary at 701-11 Street SW, Calgary from April 10 to August 25. The exhibition focuses on the intersectionality of the female form within landscapes, both real and imagined. Truong’s dioramas, alongside new sculptural forms, stop motion animations, and a site-specific ephemeral wall installation, expand her investigation of the intertwining of the natural and supernatural beyond a static image.

Diane Borsato  Artist Prize Finalist 2008

Diane Borsato participated in an artist talk on April 3 as part of the Big Ideas in Art and Culture Lecture Series hosted by the Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery. In her talk, Borsato discussed a series of collaborative projects, events, and performances focused on the experience of community and nature. She also referenced her recent books and her video, Gems and Minerals which are included in the KWAG’s current exhibition, Erratic Behaviour.


Shary Boyle  Artist Prize Finalist 2006
Shary Boyle donated a work to the Inspirations Studio 30th Anniversary & Art Auction held at OCAD University 100 McCaul St, Toronto on March 21. The auction featured ceramic sculptures created by celebrated contemporary artists and OCAD students. All proceeds were donated to YWCA Toronto’s Inspirations Studio which offers low-barrier access and opportunities for women and gender-diverse people, who have experienced marginalization, to create and sell pottery.

Alexa Hatanaka  Artist Prize Finalist 2023
Winnie Truong  Artist in Project Support Award 2021
Shellie Zhang  Artist Prize Finalist 2021

Alexa Hatanaka, Winnie Truong, and Shellie Zhang were represented in the Patel Brown Gallery’s booth at the Dallas Art Fair, April 4 to 6. Hatanaka’s work included a large linocut in which the artist investigates questions of dramatic climate changes happening in the natural world and personal experiences of anxiety, loss, and uncertainty.

Alexa Hatanaka  Artist Prize Finalist 2023

Alexa Hatanaka’s works, changing in state and state of changing 2023, originally commissioned for the exhibition Meltwater, at the Fogo Island Gallery (August 17 to November 30, 2023) were recently on view at Praz-Delevallade in Los Angeles as part of the Northern Exposure exhibition (February 27 to March 21). This exhibition featured 25 contemporary artists from eight Canadian galleries and was a cultural initiative launched as part of the Canadian Creative Accelerator program.


Winnie Truong  Artist in Project Support Award 2021

Winnie Truong’s solo exhibition, Second Natureis on display at the Viviane Art Gallery, Calgary from March 8 to April 28. The works use pencil crayon and cut paper to create intricately collaged environments. Part plant and part body, her work opens a window into a fantastical space where existing ways of seeing are disrupted and rules and traditions no longer make sense.

Anique Jordan  Artist Prize Winner 2020

A photographic image created by Anique Jordan was selected to form part of the online exhibition, Poetics of Darkness, created by Tina Campt and Keisha Scarville and presented by Der Grief as a Guest Room designed to spark collaboration. The exhibition explores the relationship of photographers with light and darkness, featuring images that activate shadows as a dynamic space rather than a negative void.

David Liss  Founders Achievement Award Winner 2015

David Liss, past Director of the Museum of Contemporary Art Toronto and now an independent curator, writer and artist, is the curator of DECADE: Ten Years of Creation at Youngplace. The exhibition includes the work of eight contemporary artists: Ruth Adler, Barbara Astman, Shabnam K. Ghazi, Vid Ingelevics, Gillian Iles, Carolyn Murphy, Midi Onodera, and Matthew Schofield, all of whom are working at or have recently worked at Youngplace. The exhibition runs from February 22 to May 12 and, on specific dates, includes tours of the exhibition and visits to the artist’s studio.

Sur Gallery  Project Support Recipient 2023

Tamara Toledo, Director/Curator of Sur Gallery participated in the April 4th session of Cross-Border Dialoguesan online series hosted by the Art Gallery of Guelph. The event, featured a conversation between Toledo and Marcela Guerrero, the DeMartini Family Curator at the Whitney Museum of Art. It is one of a series of conversations between arts programmes based in Canada and the United States addressing the underlying practices and philosophies of their respective institutions.

the plumb  Project Support Recipient 2022

the plumb, an artist-run gallery space established in 2020 and located in a basement space at 1655 Dufferin Street, Toronto was the recent subject of an article in Places and Spacesan online editorial feature of Akimblog focused on exhibition spaces across the country. The editorial outlines the continuing goal of the plumb to act as an affordable collective space for program exhibitions, creating opportunities for emerging and early-career artists and encourage artistic experimentation and innovation.


Lotus Laurie Kang  Artist Prize Finalist 2015

Lotus Laurie Kang is a participant in the Whitney Biennial: Even Better than the Real Thing at the Whitney Museum, 99 Gansevoort St, New York March 20 to August 11. Identified as one of the breakout artists of the Biennial, Kang uses the chemical reaction of sensitized photographic film to create Rothko-style images that subtly change as they react to the light. Read the Washington Post‘s take on the show, including a reference to Kang.

to Paris?

Sameer Farooq  Artist Prize Finalist 2022

Sameer Farooq is participating in an international collective exhibition, Cum Panis: Bread and Its Ecologieson display at Le 19, Centre regional d’art contemporain in Montbeliard, France from February 9 to May 5. The exhibition brings together international artistic statements about bread, its ecologies and its social, political, economic, cultural, and aesthetic effects.

to Kochi?

Alexa Hatanaka  Artist Prize Finalist 2023

Alexa Hatanaka has a large body of her washi sculptures featured in a two-person exhibition, OHAYO RADIO! A Conversation Between Friendson display at the Ino-Cho Paper Museum located in Kochi, Japan from April 13 to May 30. The exhibition symbolizes an exchange between the old and the new, the homeland and the diaspora, traditional and new media, and between people in different places coming together in a new space.

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