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News / June 2, 2016

Merray Gerges Awarded Canadian Art Editorial Residency

NSCAD grad Merray Gerges is the 2016 recipient of our national prize awarded to up-and-coming critical and editorial talent.
Merray Gerges and <em>CRIT</em>. Photo: Lenny Mullins. Merray Gerges and CRIT. Photo: Lenny Mullins.

The Canadian Art Foundation is pleased to announce that Merray Gerges is the recipient of the 2016 Canadian Art Foundation Editorial Residency.

Founded in 2004, the annual $7,000 prize has been awarded to selected Canadian post-secondary students with an interest in professional art-magazine publishing. The winner works at Canadian Art during the summer, honing their writing skills, researching editorial material, learning production procedures and helping to produce content in print and online. Previous editorial residents have gone on to write for various Canadian and international publications, including Canadian Art, art agenda, Artinfo, MomusAfterall and others.

Merray Gerges has recently relocated to Toronto from Halifax, where she studied journalism at King’s College and completed her undergraduate degree in art history at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University. She is the co-founder and co-editor of CRIT, a free biannual newsprint publication curating contemporary criticism since 2012. She went to the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis in May 2015 to attend Superscript, a conference deliberating over the futures of art criticism in a digital age, as a Hyperallergic mentee.

In February 2016, Gerges wrote a feature story for Canadian Art called “What’s Your Flavour? On Being a Critic of Colour in February.” She recently completed her first residency as the inaugural Emerging Critical Writer-in-Residence at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia and Visual Arts News, where she tried to pin down “grant aesthetics” but wrote about how her attempts were thwarted by polite Canadians. She is on Instagram, Snapchat and Twitter as @merrayrayray.

The Canadian Art Foundation received many strong applications for the program and would like to thank all those who applied.

For more information about the Canadian Art Editorial Residency, please visit canadianart.ca/residency.