Today, Hnatyshyn Foundation announced the recipients of its 2018 awards in the visual arts. A total of $75,000 is being disbursed to five artists and two curators.
The biggest prize—$25,000 for outstanding achievement by a Canadian mid-career artist—has been awarded to Maria Hupfield of Wasauksing First Nation via Brooklyn.
The second-biggest prize—$15,000 award for curatorial excellence in contemporary art—is going to Daina Warren of Akamihk Montana First Nation in Maskwacis and Winnipeg.
The William and Meredith Saunderson Prizes of $5,000 each for young artists go to Esmaa Mohamoud of Toronto, Audie Murray of Saskatchewan and British Columbia, and Hjalmer Wenstob from the Tla-o-qui-aht First Nations and living in Ucluelet.
The laureates were chosen by a panel including Banff Centre director of visual arts Brandy Dahrouge; curator / researcher Dominique Fontaine; TD Arts senior art curator Stuart Keeler; and curator Tania Willard, who received the Hnatyshyn Foundation award for curatorial excellence in contemporary art.
The winners will be honoured at a reception held on September 12 at the headquarters of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society in Ottawa.
The Hnatyshyn Foundation is a private charity established to assist emerging and established artists in all disciplines with their training and professional development, and promote to the Canadian public the importance of the arts in our society.
This story was corrected on September 4, 2018. The original incorrectly listed artists receiving awards as three, rather than five.