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  • Grenfell prominent part of Sobey Art Award

    Wednesday, May 13, 2020
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    Grenfell faculty and alumni continue to make their mark on the national arts stage despite the new reality that the global pandemic has produced.

    The Sobey Art Foundation and the National Gallery of Canada announced changes to the Sobey Art Award program for 2020. This year the Sobey Art Award opted to provide 25 exceptional Canadian artists on the jury-selected 2020 longlist a prize of $25,000 each instead of the traditional announcement of regional winners followed by one overall national winner. 

    Grenfell Art Gallery’s director/curator Matthew Hills was chosen as the juror for the Atlantic region.

    “It was an honour to be asked to be involved with such a prestigious and important award, especially since we were able to significantly support so many fantastic artists at such a challenging time,” said Mr. Hills. “It's also an affirmation of the good work that the School of Fine Arts and Grenfell Art Gallery is doing in the visual arts provincially and in the broader Atlantic region, which speaks to our growing profile nationally.”

    Grenfell Campus was well represented in the artist longlist that consisted of 25 artists in five regional categories from across Canada. The Atlantic Canada division included Grenfell visual arts faculty member D’Arcy Wilson and alumnus Jordan Bennett, as well as recent Grenfell Art Gallery artist-in-residence Melanie Colosimo, all of whom received $25.000 each.

    "The Sobey Art Award exists to celebrate and advocate for Canadian contemporary visual artists at home and around the world,” said Dr. Sasha Suda, director and CEO of the National Gallery of Canada in a news release. “By altering this year's program, the 2020 Sobey Art Award is contributing to the short- and long-term preservation of Canada's contemporary art ecosystem in the face of the unknown.  I applaud the Sobey Art Foundation, the jury, and the National Gallery of Canada team for their responsiveness and leadership, and congratulate all of the 2020 longlist winners.”

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