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News / December 3, 2013

Marie-Claude Bouthillier Wins $25,000 Prix Ozias-Leduc

An interior view of Marie-Claude Bouthillier’s installation <em>La bonne aventure</em> (2011); first exhibited at La Centrale, it is now in the collection of the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec / photo Guy l'Heureux An interior view of Marie-Claude Bouthillier’s installation La bonne aventure (2011); first exhibited at La Centrale, it is now in the collection of the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec / photo Guy l'Heureux

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).

Leah Sandals

Leah Sandals is a writer and editor of white settler Canadian (Irish and Ashkenazi) descent. She is also news and special sections editor at Canadian Art and has written for the Toronto Star, National Post and Globe and Mail, among other publications. Sandals welcomes tips, corrections and comments anytime at leah@canadianart.ca.