Montreal artist Marie-Claude Bouthillier has won the $25,000 Prix Ozias-Leduc, which was awarded last week in her home city.
Known for wall works and installations that explore tensions between paintings, texts, and textiles, Bouthillier holds an MFA from l’Université du Québec at Montréal.
As the first artist-in-residence at Montreal’s Musée McCord this past year, she exhibited quilts and other textiles from the museum’s collection alongside her contemporary works that reference traditional carpet designs. Her work was also included in “The Painting Project,” a survey of Canadian painting at Galerie de l’UQAM this year.
The jury for this year’s prize included Galerie de l’UQAM director Louise Déry, art historian and journalist Michel Hellman, critic and author Dorota Kozinska, UQAM professor Thérèse St-Gelais, and critic and translator Marine Van Hoof.
In 2011, Bouthillier also won the Prix Louis Comptois awarded by the city of Montreal.
The Prix Ozias-Leduc is presented every three years by Montreal’s Fondation Émile-Nelligan, which is named for the late poet and also awards significant prizes to authors and composers. First awarded in 1992, its recipients include Jana Sterbak (1995), Massimo Guerrera (2001) and Serge Murphy (2007).