And the winner is …
Quebec artist Nadia Myre is the recipient of the $50,000 Sobey Art Award. The jury praised Myre’s distinctive visual vocabulary and use of traditional crafts within a contemporary multidisciplinary practice.
“Her artwork creates a symbolic image of wounding and resilience that conveys something deeply human while addressing urgent social concerns,” the jury noted. Myre, who exhibits internationally, is an Algonquin member of the Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg First Nation. Other finalists were Evan Lee, Neil Farber and Michael Dumontier, Chris Curreri and Graeme Patterson, who each receive $10,000. An exhibition of the finalists’ work continues at the Winnipeg Art Gallery until Jan. 18, 2015.
Vancouver artist Tiziana La Melia has won the RBC Canadian Painting Competition, which includes a $25,000 purchase prize for her work, Hanging on to the part. The painting by La Melia, who studied at Emily Carr University and the University of Guelph, weaves abstraction and figuration together with female archetypes and her own narratives. Honourable mentions went to Ufuk Gueray, of Winnipeg, and Nicolas Lachance, of Montreal.
Photographer Thelma Pepper received a lifetime achievement award at the Saskatchewan Lieutenant Governor’s Arts Awards. The emerging artist prize went to Zachari Logan, who has a solo show at the Chapel Gallery in North Battleford until March 10.