Our Prize Winners in the News – December 2022 Edition

The end of the year is upon us and our artists continue to amaze us with their practice! Read about them below. We note several shows located within the GTA area which are open until January 2023 and would make excellent in-person viewing. As well, we have included links to gallery and exhibition sites  outside of the GTA, and, where available, to online publications.


Ghazaleh Avarzamani – Artist Prize 2022
Camille Turner – Artist Prize Finalist 2018

We were thrilled to learn that TFVA was included in a recent Art Canada Institute (ACI) Newsletter of Canada’s ‘most prestigious art awards’.  Ghazaleh Avarzamani2022 Artist Prize Winner, together with information about TFVA was the focus.

Camille TurnerArtist Prize Finalist 2018, was also included in another piece which recognized the Artist Prize for the Toronto Biennial 2022. Recognition of TFVA helps us advance our mission to promote our prize winners broadly in the arts community. Great company we keep! Click here to read the entire newsletter:

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Nadia Bellerique – Artist Prize 2015

Nadia Bellerique won acclaim for her solo exhibit, SLICE at the David Dale Gallery in Glasgow, UK. We chronicled the exhibition in the October edition of “Our Prize Winners“. In this edition, we include a recent review by Calum Sutherland in MOMUS.

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Laurie Kang – Artist Prize Finalist 2015

Laurie Kang is part of the Art Gallery of Ontario’s forthcoming exhibition, We Are Story: The Canada Now Photography Acquisition, which opens on January 28, 2023. The exhibition brings together ten artists whose work showcases the vitality and the range of contemporary Canadian photography.

The works, all new to the AGO Collection, were purchased through the Canada Now Photography Acquisition Initiative, conceived in 2020 by Canadian artist Edward Burtynsky (Founders Achievement Award 2008) and gallery owner Nicholas Metivier, in response to the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on artists across the country.

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Derek Liddington – Artist Prize Finalist 2011

Derek Liddington’s solo exhibition, “The trees weep, the mountain still, the bodies rust”, at the Richmond Art Gallery in Richmond, British Columbia, runs until January 15. The show features a new body of paintings in which Derek examines how we experience the landscape rather than how we see it, challenging the material limitations of the canvas with strategies that seek to capture transformation and movement.

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Robert Houle –  Founders Achievement Award 2020

The Art Gallery of Mississauga’s Thirty-Fifth Anniversary Exhibition is open until January 22, 2023. Titled 35 Artists Marking 35 Years, the exhibition includes thirty-five key works representing the gallery’s collecting history.

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Workman Arts – Project Support 2022

Workman Arts’ annual festival, Rendezvous with Madness, which concluded on November 6th, featured: a film program, #MoreThanRebellion; a visual arts exhibition, kind renderings; and a series of in-person and virtual events.

The visual arts component, kind renderings, featured the work of six artists who addressed, within their work, their personal experiences that challenged what mental health and wellness looks like.

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Vanessa Dion Fletcher – Artist Prize Finalist 2020
Tangled Art + Disability – Project Support 2022
Mercer Union – Project Support 2021
Vessna Perunovich – Artist Prize 2005

Four TFVA prize winners were featured in this fall’s Galeries Ontario/Ontario Galleries (GOG) annual awards selections.

Vanessa Dion Fletcher’s work was included in the award-winning exhibition, Undeliverable, recipient of the “Exhibition of the Year Budget over $20,000: Thematic” at the McMichael Canadian Art Collection.

Tangled Garden + Disability, another of our award winners, which mounted Undeliverable, working in partnership with the Robert McLaughlin Gallery, was also a winner for this exhibition.

The award for “Exhibition of the Year Budget over $20,000: Monographic” went to Mercer Union and the Toronto Biennial of Art for the exhibition Lawrence Abu Hamdan: 45th Parallel.

Vessna Perunovich’s work was included in the group exhibition, Breaking the Vault: Art and Poetic Liberty, which received the GOG award for “Innovation in a Collections-Based Exhibition.”

Congratulations to all!

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Edward Burtynsky – Founders Achievement Award 2008

Edward BurtynskyEarth Observed, at the New Britain Museum of American Art, in New Britain, CT, is the artist’s largest retrospective in the Northeast to date. It examines the artist’s career-long documentation of the human impact on nature and comprises examples from nearly every series of Burtynsky’s output from the 1980s to today. The exhibition explores the legacy of landscape art in America, as well as the role of photography in environmental advocacy.

The exhibition opened on November 18 and runs until April 16, 2023.

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On November 17th the Art Gallery of Hamilton premiered its most recent exhibition, Edward BurtynskyChai. This photographic exhibition features the 18 images from the limited edition Burtynsky portfolio of the same name. The images, commissioned for the National Holocaust Monument in Ottawa, were created as part of a 4,000 km journey by the artist and his team to capture the “scarred” landscapes of Holocaust sites from across eastern Europe.

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Nep Sidhu – Artist Prize 2017

Nep Sidhu had a solo booth of his works as part of the Patel Brown Gallery’s offerings at the New Art Dealers Alliance in Miami. Nep’s exhibit was one of eight artists forming this year’s NADA Curated Spotlight. The show ran until December 3. Congratulations Nep!

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