Thursday, November 20, 2014

Aboriginal Artist Nadia Myre of Quebec wins 2014 Sobey Art Award

Nadia Myre
Nadia Myre was announced as the winner of the 2014 Sobey Art Award at a gala event Wednesday at the Winnipeg Art Gallery. (Terry MacLeod/CBC)
Nadia Myre, an aboriginal multidisciplinary artist from Quebec, has won the $50,000 Sobey Art Award, one of Canada's most prestigious visual art awards.

Organizers announced Myre, a member of the Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg First Nation north of Gatineau, Que., as this year's winner at a gala event Wednesday night at the Winnipeg Art Gallery.

"Myre has built a distinctive visual vocabulary by translating her experience and that of others into works that employ traditional crafts within a contemporary, multidisciplinary practice," a statement from the Sobey Art Award jury reads in part.

"Her artwork creates a symbolic image of wounding and resilience that conveys something deeply human while addressing urgent social concerns."

She was presented with the top prize by Ontario-based Cree artist Duane Linklater, who won last year's Sobey Art Award.

Four runners-up receive $10,000 each:

  • Evan Lee, West Coast/Yukon region nominee.
  • Neil Farber and Michael Dumontier, Prairies/North nominees.
  • Chris Curreri, Ontario nominee.
  • Graeme Patterson, Atlantic nominee.

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