[Artist Name] wins 2019 Sobey Art Award

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[Artist Name] wins 2019 Sobey Art Award

  • The [x-year-old] artist from [location] has been awarded Canada’s most prestigious contemporary art prize worth $100,000 CAD
  • The grand prize winner of the 2019 Sobey Art Award was revealed on November 15, 2019 during a gala at the Art Gallery of Alberta
  • The 2019 Sobey Art Award exhibition, featuring more than 35 works by the five shortlisted artists, is on view at the Art Gallery of Alberta until Sunday, January 5, 2020

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OTTAWA, November 15, 2019 – The Sobey Art Foundation and the National Gallery of Canada are delighted to announce that [Artist Name] is the recipient of the 2019 Sobey Art Award. The 2019 Sobey Art Award grand prize winner was revealed Friday evening at a ceremony at the Art Gallery of Alberta in Edmonton. Each of the four remaining shortlisted artists, [Artist One, Artist Two, Artist Three, Artist Four], were awarded $25,000 CAD.

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The Sobey Art Award recognizes Canadian artists who are forty years old or younger, selected by a jury of Canadian and international curators and directors. The award represents the breadth of contemporary practices from five regions across the country, selecting a shortlist that engages with a variety of ideas and approaches. The 2019 jury, chaired by National Gallery of Canada’s Senior Curator of Contemporary Art, Josée Drouin-Brisebois, is composed of Peter Dykhuis, Director/Curator, Dalhousie Art Gallery, for the Atlantic Provinces; Jo-Ann Kane, Curator, National Bank Collection, for the Quebec region; Swapnaa Tamhane, Independent Curator, Artist, and Writer, for the Ontario region; Lindsey Sharman, Curator, Art Gallery of Alberta, for the Prairies and the North region; Nigel Prince, Executive Director, Contemporary Art Gallery, for the West Coast and Yukon; and international juror, Henriette Bretton-Meyer, Curator, Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen, Denmark.

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2019 Sobey Art Award Jury

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[Name of Artist], 2019 Sobey Art Award winner

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Rob Sobey, Chair of the Sobey Art Foundation

[“The Art Gallery of Alberta sincerely congratulates the 2019 Sobey Art Award winner on this momentous occasion. We are extremely proud to be the 2019 host of the prestigious Sobey Art Award exhibition, which represents such a diverse and amazing group of young Canadian artists. With the winner now being announced, we hope everyone comes to see the exhibition to experience the work of these five most impressive artists.”]
Catherine Crowston, Executive Director and Chief Curator, Art Gallery of Alberta

About the 2019 shortlisted artists and their work

From the Ontario region, Stephanie Comilang’s video works follow Paraiso, a Tagalog speaking “drone” who documents Filipino diasporic experiences.

From the Quebec region, Nicolas Grenier uses painting and the coding of colour to investigate political, economic, cultural and social spaces.

From the Prairies and North region Kablusiak uses humour to cope with their cultural displacement and is creating a methodology for inventing cultural connections from an urban perspective.

From the West Coast and Yukon region Anne Low uses sculpture, installation, textiles and printmaking to investigate how forms can detach from their historical context to speak to contemporary notions of the domestic and the decorative.

From the Atlantic region D’Arcy Wilson’s art examines a colonial relationship to the natural world from her perspective as a descendant of European settlers.

The 2019 Sobey Art Award exhibition will be on view until Sunday, January 5, 2020. Curated by Lindsey Sharman, Curator of the Art Gallery of Alberta, it presents more than 35 works by the five shortlisted artists, in a range of media – from video-based installations and audience participation to paintings, sculptures, drawings and photographs.

This year, the Sobey Art Award distributes $240,000 CAD in prize money, including a top prize of $100,000 CAD. Each of the four finalists will receive $25,000 CAD, and the other longlisted artists will receive $2,000 CAD each. The 2020 Sobey Art Award exhibition and gala will be presented at the National Gallery of Canada.

Past grand prize winners include Brian Jungen, Jean-Pierre Gauthier, Annie Pootoogook, Michel de Broin, Tim Lee, David Altmejd, Daniel Barrow, Daniel Young and Christian Giroux, Raphaëlle de Groot, Duane Linklater, Nadia Myre, Abbas Akhavan, Jeremy Shaw and Ursula Johnson. Kapwani Kiwanga received the 2018 Sobey Art Award.

Further information and updates about the 2019 artists, jurors, the Sobey Art Award exhibition, and the Sobey Art Award Residency Program can be found at gallery.ca/sobey, as well as by following @PrixSobeyAward. The full list of activities during the exhibition can be found youraga.ca/sobey and gallery.ca/sobey.

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A selection of images and digital assets (photos and videos of the winner and gala evening, artists and artwork, installation images, and clips of the exhibition) are available upon request.

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Sobey Art Foundation
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Art Gallery of Alberta
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Edmonton + Calgary
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Kerrie.Sanderson@youraga.ca

National Gallery of Canada
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Media Relations Manager
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