The winner of the second Contemporary Art Society Emerging Artist’s Prize is Joseph Staples, who was awarded $3000 at the May 22, 2014 opening of the CASV Emerging Artist’s Prize Exhibition at Access Gallery. Jury members Grant Arnold, Vanessa Kwan, Sarah Macaulay, Kimberly Phillips, and Reid Shier selected Staples from a field of five finalists. The jurors recognized the quality of work of all five finalists, who were chosen from a field of 89 entries.
Staples’ work, along with that of the other four finalists, Derya Akay, Byron Peters, Laura Piasta, and Erdem Tasdelen, who each received a $500 award, is on view through May 31, 2012 at Access Gallery, 222 E. Georgia Street, Vancouver. http://accessgallery.ca/
Staples’ works with found images and photography through collage and printmaking. His project for this exhibition revolves around real estate, printmaking, failure and the unknown. The jurors noted how the work Staples submitted for the exhibition builds on his earlier work but represents an exciting new direction for the artist, demonstrating a more complex reference to the urban landscape. Staples has exhibited locally at the Vancouver Art Gallery, Equinox Gallery, Wil Aballe Art Projects, Malaspina Printmakers and abroad.
This CASV Emerging Artist’s Prize was established in 2011 to encourage and support artists within the first five years of their careers, and is the only one of its kind in Vancouver selected through an open competition.
The prize is entirely funded by donations of CASV members and supporters. The CASV is a not-for-profit membership-based organization founded in 1977 that focuses on promoting an appreciation and understanding of Contemporary Art. Members enjoy studio visits, art trips, collection visits and lectures by prominent artists, critics, collectors, designers, architects and fine art professionals. For more information about CASV visit the website: http://www.casv.ca/.
Report courtesy Contemporary Art Society Vancouver