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There are just two weeks left to apply for the Canadian Art Foundation Writing Prize!

Aspiring art critics, sharpen your pencils: there are just two weeks left to apply for the Canadian Art Foundation Writing Prize.

Applications are due by June 1, 2012, at 5 p.m. EDT.

The Canadian Art Foundation Writing Prize is an annual juried prize designed to encourage new writers on contemporary art. The winner of this national competition is commissioned to write a feature story for Canadian Art and receives a $3,000 award, while two runners-up receive recognition in the magazine and a $1,000 award.

Véronique Leblanc, winner of 2011 Canadian Art Foundation Writing Prize, will have her feature on Emmanuelle Léonard published in our special winter issue on photography.

Leblanc worked at Galerie de l’UQAM and teaches art history at Université du Québec à Montréal and Université Laval. Leblanc curated and co-organized the exhibition “Artur Zmijewski: Scenarios of Dissidence” at Galerie de l’UQAM with Louise Déry. Her 2012 projects include “The Geopolitics of Infinity,” featuring new works from Jean-Pierre Aubé and Patrick Beaulieu, at Sporobole.

Past winners of the Canadian Art Foundation Writing Prize include Pandora Syperek (2010) and Sara Mameni (2009). Syperek wrote a feature story for Canadian Art on Brendan Fernandes, while Mameni wrote about Denise Oleksijczuk.

The prize jury for 2012 will be University of Toronto associate professor Elizabeth Legge, Contemporary Art Gallery executive director Nigel Prince and Canadian Art editor Richard Rhodes. Past jury members have included Illingworth Kerr Gallery director Wayne Baerwaldt, Art Gallery of Nova Scotia director Ray Cronin, Toronto critic Sarah Milroy and Calgary critic Nancy Tousley.

To be eligible, applicants must be 18 years of age or older and may have published no more than three feature-length (1,500-plus word) pieces of writing in national or international magazines.

To apply, please submit one 1,500-word example of art writing, plus a 100-word biographical sketch, by June 1, 2012, at 5 p.m. EDT.

Submissions must be in English. Translations are accepted.

Submissions must be sent by mail only. Fax and email submissions will not be accepted. Postmarked submissions will not be accepted.

Send four (4) copies of one (1) writing sample and bio to:

Attention: Canadian Art Writing Prize
Canadian Art Foundation
215 Spadina Avenue, Suite 320
Toronto, ON M5T 2C7

Winners will be notified by July 20, 2012.

 

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