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News / February 6, 2014

Diane Morin Wins First MNBAQ Art Award

Photo of Diane Morin courtesy the artist. Photo of Diane Morin courtesy the artist.

Diane Morin, an artist known for electronic and mechanical works that study the effect of technology on our lives, has won the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec‘s first Contemporary Art Award.

As winner, Morin receives a $10,000 cash grant, as well as a solo exhibition at the museum and a retrospective publication. As part of the prize, the museum will also acquire works by the artist up to a value of $50,000.

In 2011, Morin also won the Canada Council’s Victor Martyn Lynch-Staunton Award in Media Arts.

The MNBAQ Contemporary Art Award process is to take place every two years and focus on Quebec artists. The other finalists for this year’s award were Jean-Robert Drouillard, Valérie Kolakis, Emmanuelle Léonard and Thérèse Mastroiacovo.

The finalists were chosen by Le Devoir art critic Marie-Ève Charron, Manif d’art director Claude Bélanger, UQAM art historian Eduardo Ralickas, Expression director Marcel Blouin, artist François Morelli, and MNBAQ contemporary art curator Bernard Lamarche.

Later, the winner was chosen by Morelli and Lamarche along with MNBAQ director of exhibitions and publications Anne Eschapasse and MNBAQ director of collections and research Paul Bourassa.

Lamarche will act as curator for the solo exhibition of Diane Morin’s work, planned for the spring of 2015 at the museum. The monograph will also be launched at that time.

Leah Sandals

Leah Sandals is a writer and editor based in Toronto. Her arts journalism has appeared in the Toronto Star, National Post and Globe and Mail, among other publications, and her creative work has been published in Prism, Room and Freefall. She can be reached via