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News in Brief: OAAG Awards, Kingston Prize, Canadian Art at the COPAs

Our editors’ weekly roundup of Canadian art news.

The Ontario Association of Art Galleries announced the winners of their annual awards on Wednesday. The Power Plant, Justina M. Barnicke Gallery, University of Toronto Art Centre, Art Gallery of York University, Agnes Etherington Art Centre and the Art Gallery of Windsor were all honoured for exhibitions of the year, while Linda Jansma, Stuart Reid, Jon Davies and Christian Campbell snagged writing prizes. A full list of award-winners is available on the OAAG’s website.

The Contemporary Art Galleries Association (AGAC) and the Ville de Montréal announced the finalists for the 2015 Prix Pierre-Ayot and the Prix Louis-Comtois on Thursday. Myriam Jacob-Allard, Nicolas Lachance and Jon Rafman are contending for the Prix Pierre-Ayot, an emerging-artist award, while Nicolas Baier, Nelson Hendricks and Milutin Gubash are in the running for the Prix Louis-Comtois, dedicated to an artist who has distinguished themselves in the Montreal scene over the past 15 years. The winners will be announced on December 9.

Canadian Art was awarded a silver medal at the Canadian Online Publication Awards last night in Toronto for Best E-Newsletter in the consumer-content division. This award recognizes Canadian Art’s free weekly newsletter that delivers a roundup of top art-world stories and information to more than 15,000 subscribers every Thursday.

Artist Kim Waldron, who was 2013 recipient of the Claudine and Stephen Bronfman Fellowship in Contemporary Art and the Prix Pierre-Ayot, has been appointed director of operations at SBC Gallery in Montreal. Waldron holds a master’s degree from Concordia University and a bachelor’s degree from NSCAD University. She has exhibited at institutions including Oboro, Oeil de Poisson, Vu, Gallery 44, Eyelevel Gallery, Eastern Edge Gallery and the Art Gallery of Windsor.

Jen Mann of Mississauga has been awarded the $20,000 Kingston Prize for Canadian portraiture, announced at the Beaverbrook Art Gallery in Fredericton earlier this week. Mann’s painting was selected from some 414 entries by jury members Stephanie Dickey, professor at Queen’s University; Glenn Priestley, artist; and Tom Smart, curator of the Peel Art Gallery. Honourable mentions were given to Jesse Babin of Dalhousie, New Brunswick, and Leslie Watts of Stratford.

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