Our editors’ weekly roundup of Canadian art news.
The Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba announced yesterday that John G. Hampton has been hired as the institution’s executive director. Hampton previously worked as the artistic director of Trinity Square Video in Toronto, and as the Aboriginal Curator in Residence at the Art Museum at the University of Toronto. He will begin at the AGSM in July.
Artist Alex Janvier and collector/curator Dr. Kenneth Montague will receive honorary doctorates at OCAD University’s convocation ceremonies on June 10. Janvier is a pioneering Modernist artist, who has an upcoming retrospective at the National Gallery of Canada that opens in November 2016. Montague founded the non-profit Wedge Curatorial Projects in 1997 to promote themes of culture and identity in art, with a particular focus on work by diasporic African and black artists.
Isabelle and Sophie Lynch have been awarded the 2016 Middlebrook Prize for Young Canadian Curators. Their proposed exhibition, “Blood, Sweat and Tears,” will be on view at the Art Gallery of Guelph from September 15 through December 18, 2016. The jury for this year’s prize included curator (and past recipient) Alison Cooley, curator Melissa Bennett and critic and professor Robert Enright.
Fogo Island Arts announced a partnership with Kulturkreis der deutschen Wirtschaft im BDI e. V. (Association of Arts and Culture of the German Economy at the Federation of German Industries) that will offer the 2017 recipients of the ars viva Prize for Visual Arts a residency on Fogo Island. The annual ars viva Prize recognizes young artists living in Germany. The 2017 recipients are Jan Paul Evers, Leon Kahane and Jumana Manna.
Lee Henderson has been awarded the $5,000 Gattuso Prize, given to one outstanding featured exhibition from the Scotiabank Contact Photography Festival. The prize was juried by curators Rui Mateus Amaral and Mona Filip. Henderson’s exhibition, “Never Letting Us Take Breath,” continues at Zalucky Contemporary until June 4.
The Gardiner Museum in Toronto has shortlisted eight finalists for their ceramic-sculpture competition: Shary Boyle, Jed Lind, Brendan Tang, Kent Monkman, Christopher Reid Flock and Sin-Ying Ho, and Linda Swanson and Paul Holmquist. The winning artist will be commissioned to create a public artwork to be installed in front of the museum on Queen’s Park. The prize will be juried a team including artist Douglas Coupland and Power Plant director Gaëtane Verna, and will be installed in June 2017.