Jun 06, 2017

By Michael Kramer

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The Sobey Art Award has named the five short-listed artists – who are eligible for the $50,000 grand prize.

The annual award goes to a contemporary Canadian artist aged 40 or under… who’s exhibited in a public or commercial art gallery – within 18 months of being nominated.

The finalists include Bridget Moser of Toronto – a performance and video artist.

(Bridget Moser)

Ursula Johnson of Dartmouth, Nova Scotia is also nominated. She’s a performance and installation artist of Mi’kmaq First Nation ancestry.

From Quebec City – Jacynthe Carrier gets the nod – for her work which  embraces photography and video.

Also short-listed is Raymond Boisjoly of Vancouver – an indigenous artist of Haida descent – who specializes in photographic and text-based works.

And Winnipeg, Delhi and New York-based Divya Mehra rounds out the list. Her work includes sculpture, print, drawing installation, advertising, video and film.

The Sobey Art Foundation and The National Gallery of Canada have also announced an increase in prize money.
$10,000 will go to the four other shortlisted artists who don’t win the big prize – with the artists who were on the long-list receiving $1,000 – that’s up from $500.

The winner will be announced at a gala event at the Hart House Great Hall at the University of Toronto on October 25th – and all five finalists will exhibit their work at the Art Museum at the University of Toronto  – from October 24th to December 9th.

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