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News in Brief: Montreal Museum of Fine Arts Opens New Building, Rita Letendre Awarded Prix Paul-Émile Borduas, Kristy Trinier Joins Banff Centre

Our editors’ weekly roundup of Canadian art news.

The Michal and Renata Hornstein Pavilion for Peace at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts officially opens to the public tomorrow. The building, which is the fifth in the museum’s complex, allows the MMFA to double its exhibition of international artworks. There will be some 750 pieces on view throughout the pavilion’s four storeys, including a collection of 77 works of 17th-century Dutch and Flemish art donated to the MMFA in 2012 by the late Michal and Renata Hornstein. Two floors of the pavilion will also house the Michel de la Chenelière International Atelier for Education and Art Therapy.

Drummondville-born artist Rita Letendre has been awarded the Prix Paul-Émile Borduas, the highest honour for visual artists in Quebec. Working in Montreal during the 1950s, Letendre was associated with painter Paul-Émile Borduas and the Automatistes, a group of Montreal abstractionists. She has had solo exhibitions at institutions including the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, Robert McLaughlin Art Gallery and Winnipeg Art Gallery, and her work can be found in the collections of the National Gallery of Canada, Vancouver Art Gallery and Musée National du Québec, among others. She is an officer of the Order of Canada and a recipient of the Governor General’s Award.

The Ontario Association of Art Galleries announced the winners of their annual awards on Thursday in Toronto. The Art Gallery of Hamilton, Doris McCarthy Gallery, Art Museum at the University of Toronto, Art Gallery of Windsor, Art Gallery of Mississauga, Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Textile Museum and Art Gallery of York University won exhibition awards. Philip Monk, John G. Hampton, Ambereen Siddiqui and Bonnie Devine were recognized with writing awards. A full list of award-winners will be made available on the OAAG’s website.

Kristy Trinier has been appointed director of visual, digital and media arts at the Banff Centre, where she will begin working January 3, 2017. Trinier comes to the position from her role as curator of the Art Gallery of Alberta, where she organized numerous exhibitions including “Future Station: 2015 Alberta Biennial of Contemporary Art,” “The Blur in Between” and “Charrette Roulette.” Before joining the AGA, Trinier was public art director at the Edmonton Arts Council and grant writer at the Banff Centre.

Toronto artist-run centre Gallery TPW announced this summer that longtime executive director Gary Hall would be retiring; now, the gallery has launched the Gary Hall Fund for Thinking in Public, which “will support education and public programs at TPW: lectures, workshops, symposia and performative gestures that encourage audiences to come together to think, experience and learn in public.” The fund was started with a gift from the Freybe/Connell family, who committed $5,000 a year for the next five years.

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