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News in Brief: PIA Announces Funding, Kathleen Bartels Honoured, New Director for CARFAC Ontario

Our editors’ weekly roundup of Canadian art news.

Partners in Art has announced the seven projects they will be funding in 2015. Their selection includes Sarah Anne Johnson’s photographic mural Best Beach at the Scotiabank Contact Photography Festival, exhibitions by Daniel Young and Christian Giroux and Tacita Dean at TIFF Bell Lightbox, a publication documenting work by Marlon Griffith in partnership with the Art Gallery of York University and more.

Kathleen Bartels, director of the Vancouver Art Gallery, has been awarded the Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association’s Appreciation Award for an Outstanding Individual. Bartels has worked at the VAG since 2001, and is currently spearheading the construction of a new gallery building designed by Swiss architectural firm Herzog and de Meuron.

Arprim, the Montreal printmaking centre, has announced that the Albert-Dumouchel Prize for Emerging Artists was awarded this year to Ann Karine Leduc Bourdeau, who is currently a student at the Université du Québec à Montréal.

Arts administrator Sally Lee has been hired as executive director of CARFAC Ontario. Lee previously worked as director of the Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival, and currently sits on the advocacy committee of the Toronto Arts Council.

Fogo Island Arts will be partnering with VKS Art Inc., an art organization owned by publicity-shy philanthropist Jozef Straus, to support FIA’s exhibition “Speculating on the Blue,” which features work by Flaka Haliti, and is currently on view at the 56th Venice Biennale.

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