Our Prize Winners in the News! September 2023 Edition

The fall is already bustling with so many of our prizewinners’ exhibitions, shows, talks and news. Read on!

Inuit Art Foundation (IAF) – Project Support Award 2023

The next mural in the Up Front: Inuit Public Art at Onsite series was unveiled the evening of Nuit Blanche. The latest in the series of four digital murals is by artist Tarralik Duffy. The mural will continue to be on display throughout the fall at the Onsite Gallery.

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Robert Houle  Founders Achievement Award 2020

Robert Houle’s iconic work, Kanata (1992), was the subject of the September 8th ACI newsletter which explored the work on the 264th anniversary of the Battle of the Plains of Abraham. In Kanata, Houle investigates this historic event from a First Nations perspective.

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Hazel Meyer – Artist Prize Finalist 2018

The Jackman Art Institute is hosting the group show Mnemonic silences, disappearing acts, curated by Dallas Fellini, from September 13, 2023 through June, 21, 2024. In the work, Hazel Meyer grapples with the absences, erasures, and censorship that colour the queer and trans archive, seeking forms of documentation, storytelling, and memory-keeping, that serve marginalized communities.Click here to learn more

Shellie Zhang – Artist Prize Finalist 2021

Shellie Zhang’s exhibition, Elemental, is at the Patel Brown Gallery September 14 to November 4. In the show, Zhang explores the construction of a multicultural society, disassembling approaches to tradition, gender, history, migration, and popular culture.

Shellie’s work at Patel Brown forms part of a TFVA Gallery Walk on Thursday October 19 which includes Mercer Union Gallery as well. It’s is not to be missed!

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Sur Gallery – Project Support 2023

Sur Gallery’s Director/Curator, Tamara Toledo, will participate in a panel discussion at the gallery on October 4th from 3:30 to 5PM. Presented by the Latin American Media Arts Symposium (LAMAS), the discussion will focus on the ecosystem of Latin American media art in Canada. Sur Gallery is dedicated to the implementation of art projects which showcase and promote contemporary Latin American and Latinx artistic practices.

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Alexa Komiko Hatanaka – Artist Prize Finalist 2023

Unchanging and Changing and Changing is Alexa Komiko Hatanaka’s new solo show at the Japanese Cultural Centre. The opening is the evening of October 12 with a free-of-charge program of cultural experiences of Japanese music and dance.

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Erika DeFreitas – Artist Prize Finalist 2016
Doris McCarthy Gallery at U of T Scarborough –  Project Support Award 2023

its because of the shimmer, the verge, and the yet, is Erika DeFreitas’ largest solo show to date. This homecoming show spans a timeline of almost two decades and offers the opportunity for viewers to become intimately acquainted with DeFreitas’ artistic practice. The show runs at the Doris McCarthy Museum, University of Toronto, Scarborough, September 16 through December 9, 2023. There will be an artist talk with Erika on October 31 (details below).

TFVA 2023 Project Support Award was given in conjunction with this exhibition. Three emerging Scarborough artists will be mentored by DeFreitas, allowing the artists to further their practices and to show their work in ancillary spaces on the UTSC campus. TFVA funding will support artists’ residencies and provide funding for the creation of new work, the preparation of an exhibition, the opportunity to learn the process of working with a professional gallery, and gaining insight into the process involved in being a full-time practicing artist.

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Vanessa Dion Fletcher – Artist Prize Finalist 2020

Vanessa Dion Fletcher’s exhibition, Relative Gradient, is on view at the Latcham Art Centre until October 14th. The show features recent works that expand the possibilities of contemporary quillwork, as the artist transforms the surface embroidery technique into textile design and vinyl imagery, playing with geometric shapes and repeating patterns. Taken together, the works build on the artist’s continued exploration of what it means to live in an Indigenous, gendered body with a neurodiverse mind.

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Click here to read Vanessa’s exhibition essay

Sameer Farooq –  Artist Prize Finalist 2022

Sameer Farooq is part of a group show, In the Present Moment: BuddhismContemporary Art, and Social Practice. The exhibition examines how artists in North America have drawn on Buddhism as a methodology of art practice. The show runs until December 15 at the Walter Phillips Gallery, Banff, Alberta.

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Diane Borsato – Artist Prize 2008
Bridget Moser – Artist Prize Finalist 2016

Like everything alive that we try to hold forever features the work of Bridget MoserDiane Borsato, Larry AchiampongDavid BlandyStephanie DinkinsSondra Perry and Miya Turnbull. The artists come together to create a transgressive, absurdist, and entertaining exhibition about how we use our bodies to interact with objects in order to understand ourselves. The show is at the Esker Foundation, Calgary, Alberta from September 23 to December 17, 2023.

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Georgia Dickie – Artist Prize 2014

Georgia Dickie’s sculptural work is featured in a three-person exhibition at the Office Baroque in Antwerpen, Belgium (September 16 –  October 21). The themes of the show relate to pattern, space and the ready-made.

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Shary Boyle – Artist Prize Finalist 2006

Going to NYC? If you haven’t yet seen Shary Boyle’s exhibition Outside the Palace of Me, the show will be at the Museum of Art and Design until February 2024.

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John Dickson – Artist Prize 2002

John Dickson, an early recipient of the TFVA Artist Prize, is part of the NetherMind collective which includes, DicksonTom DeanCatherine HeardGreg HeffordMarthy Catherine NewcombReinhard ReitzensteinLyla Rye and Max Streicher (www.nethermind.ca). The Olga Korper Gallery is hosting a catalogue launch for NetherMind: Elegy and Mirabilia on Friday, September 23rd. The catalogue documents two of NetherMind’s exhibitions held at Toronto’s St. Anne’s Anglican Church – Elegy (2022) and Mirabilia (2012).


Our Prize Winners at Nuit Blanche 2023

Several of our TFVA Prize recipients were part of the 2023 Toronto Nuit Blanche, which is the city’s annual all-night celebration of contemporary art, produced by the City of Toronto, in collaboration with Toronto’s arts community. In addition to the Inuit Art Foundation which was noted above were:

Dana Prieto – Artist Prize Finalist 2022 for Caementarium (with Reza Nik).

Alvin Luong – Artist Prize Finalist 2023 for The Mystery of the Twisted Fantasy.

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