The Sobey Art Foundation and the National Gallery of Canada today announced the longlist of nominees for the 2017 Sobey Art Award.
The Sobey Art Award is presented annually to a Canadian artist aged 40 and under who has exhibited in a public or commercial art gallery within 18 months of being nominated.
These 25 longlisted artists—five for each of five regions—are vying are for the top prize worth $50,000. Each of four other finalists will receive $10,000.
A related shortlist of five artists will be released on June 6, with the top winner of the prize being announced on October 25 in Toronto.
Here is the long list:
PRAIRIES & THE NORTH
WEST COAST & YUKON
Jeneen Frei Njootli
The 2017 curatorial panel for the award was chaired by the National Gallery’s senior curator of contemporary art, Josée Drouin-Brisebois, and included Sarah Fillmore, chief curator at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia; Claude Bélanger, general and artistic director, Manif d’art de Québec; Sarah Robayo Sheridan, curator of the Art Museum at the University of Toronto; Jenifer Papararo, executive director at the Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art; Reid Shier, director and curator of the Presentation House Gallery; and Adam Budak, chief curator of collections and exhibitions at the National Gallery in Prague, Czech Republic.