Winnipeg-based artist Corrie Peters has won the inaugural Salt Spring National Art Prize, taking home the Joan McConnell Award, which includes a $10,000 cash prize and an artist residency valued at $5,000 on Salt Spring Island.
Peters was awarded first place for her sculptural work, Building (All the rooming houses on my street have had their front door removed).
Peters was selected from a pool of 52 finalists, who were adjudicated in a blind-jury process by curator Vicky Chainey Gagnon, artist Holger Kalberg and painter Ian Thomas. Over 800 artists originally applied for the prize.
Several other finalists were recognized. Annie Baillargeon, Jessie McNeil and M.E. Sparks were awarded Juror’s Choice Awards, worth $1,000 each, while Nicola Wheston, Patricia Slighte and Eric Button garnered Rosemarie Behncke People’s Choice Awards, which have values of $3,000, $2,000 and $1,000.
Between the winners and the finalists, the SSNAP, which is an initiative of the Salt Springs Arts Council, awarded $25,000 in prize monies. The biannual award includes an exhibition on finalists’ work on Salt Spring Island—this years’ work was on view September 25 to October 26.