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News / October 21, 2019

Luther Konadu Wins Salt Spring National Art Prize

The Winnipeg artist leads the awards, receiving $15,000 and a residency
A image from Luther Konadu’s artwork <em>Figure as Index</em>. A image from Luther Konadu’s artwork Figure as Index.
A image from Luther Konadu’s artwork <em>Figure as Index</em>. A image from Luther Konadu’s artwork Figure as Index.

Luther Konadu has won the Salt Spring Art Prize. The Winnipeg artist won based on his work Figure as Index, and he receives $15,000 plus an artist residency on Salt Spring Island.

The prize was juried by artist Sandra Meigs, critic David Balzer and curator cheyanne turions. In a release, Balzer noted Konadu’s work was “clever and confrontational; humorous and challenging and expansive in its interrogation of photography as meaning and form.”

Earlier his year, Konadu won the 2019 New Generation Photography Award and the BMO 1st Art! Competition as well. His art is currently on view in a group exhibition the National Gallery of Canada, and a solo show of his work, titled “Gestures on Portrayal,” opens later this month at Paved Arts in Saskatoon.

Konadu’s win leads the array of awards offered by the Salt Spring National Art Prize. In all, 10 awards totalling $39,000 were presented at an event on Salt Spring Island on Saturday.

The other awards presented this weekend include some juror’s choice awards: three $3,000 awards, each selected by a juror. Artists Kaley Flowers of Toronto, Audie Murray of Victoria and Skawennati of Montreal won based on judgments from Meigs, Balzer and turions, respectively.

A people’s choice award based on visitors’ votes at the prize exhibition went to Tony Luciani of Durham ($3,000), Steven Volpe of Orangeville ($2,000) and Tim Alfred of Port Hardy ($1,000). A youth people’s choice award went to Erika Dueck of St. Pierre ($1,000).

Outstanding work by a Salt Spring artist provided a prize of $2,000 and went to Carol Narod. The Salt Spring Island Painters Guild Award, valued at $1,000, went to Atefeh Baradaran of Vancouver.

The Salt Spring National Art Prize is an initiative of the Salt Spring Arts Council and is now in its third year. Based on artwork submissions from across the country, the prize aims “to encourage artists whose practice demonstrates originality, quality, integrity and creativity, resulting in significant work with visual impact and depth of meaning,” says a release.