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Our editors’ weekly roundup of Canadian art news highlights.

Creative Saskatchewan and the MacKenzie Art Gallery launched a pilot program to sponsor a Saskatchewan-based artist or independent curator to attend a three-month residency at the International Studio and Curatorial Program in Brooklyn, New York. The fully funded residency begins in spring 2015, and the winning applicant will be announced before the end of January.

The Contemporary Art Galleries Association (AGAC) announced that Papier15, the contemporary art fair of works on paper, will be moving to a new location in the Complexe de Gaspé in the Mile End neighbourhood. The fair will also have a new ambassador: Toronto-based collector and Canadian Art contributor Bill Clarke.

Creative Capital announced that Lorelei Pepi, an animation filmmaker and assistant professor at Emily Carr University of Art and Design, is one of their 2015 awardees. Creative Capital apply venture-capital principles to art, funding artists’ projects that are “bold, innovative and genre-stretching.”

Artist Sara Cwynar, who was born in Vancouver and raised in Ottawa, has been listed in Forbes’s 2015 “30 Under 30” article focusing on art and style. Judged by art advisor and former director of the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art Jeffrey Deitch, Cwynar was selected alongside artists including Jamian Juliano-Villani, Kour Pour and Tatyana Fazlalizadeh.

Toronto-based artist Deanna Bowen was awarded the 2014 William H. Johnson Prize. An annual award for early-career African American artists, past recipients have included Sanford Biggers, Clifford Owens and Karyn Olivier.

This week, the low incomes faced by artists in Canada was highlighted in a Guardian article exploring artists’ wages internationally. The piece cited a 2007 Waging Culture study, which found that Canadian artists typically earn $20,000 a year, which, as the Guardian notes, “is 74% of a typical national income of $26,850.”

Several Canadian artists are being shown at FOG Design and Art, a large San Francisco art fair, this week. Jessica Silverman Gallery has brought works by Hugh Scott-Douglas and Ian Wallace, while David Zwirner’s booth includes Marcel Dzama.

On Sunday, as controversial celebrations for Sir John A. Macdonald‘s bicentennial occurred across Kingston, Métis artist David Garneau performed his piece “Dear John; Louis David Riel” as a part of a series of live performances called “Talking Back to Johnny Mac.” Garneau spoke to David Balzer last year before he performed “Dear John; Louis David Riel” on the 129th anniversary of Louis Riel’s 1885 hanging at the North West Mounted Police barracks in Regina.

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