Audain Prize for Visual Art awards $100,000 to Ian Wallace


VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Sept. 29, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — At a luncheon held at present within the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, the Audain Prize for British Columbia’s most distinguished artists was awarded to Ian Wallace. Mr. Wallace is predicated in Vancouver and has been exhibited throughout Canada and internationally. He acquired the Governor General’s Award in Visual Arts in 2004 and the Molson Prize in 2009. Wallace additionally taught on the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design from 1972 to 1998.

The Audain Prize, which was established in 2004, is likely one of the large three annual Canadian arts awards granting the winner a money prize of $100,000. The Scotiabank Giller Prize (celebrating excellence in Canadian fiction) and the Sobey Art Award (for a up to date Canadian artist) are on this uncommon firm.

“It is a great honour to make this award to one of B.C.’s greatest living artists Ian Wallace,” says Michael Audain, Chairman of the Audain Foundation. “Besides having an outstanding international reputation, Mr. Wallace has had a considerable influence on younger artists.

“The Audain Foundation wants to see our leading artists become better known. After all, British Columbia has many important visual artists who are not as widely recognized as they should be,” says Michael Audain. “With some of the world’s best contemporary artists, we believe they should be better known by all British Columbians.”

In addition to the $100,000 Audain Prize for Visual Art, the Audain Foundation funds 5 $7,500 journey grants for college students in university-level visible arts packages. This yr the scholars are:

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Nasim Pirhadi University of British Columbia Okanagan
Kosar Movahedi University of Victoria
Khim Hipol Emily Carr University of Art and Design
Lauren Crazybull Simon Fraser University
Sarvenaz IrajiUniversity of British Columbia

“The Audain Art Museum is proud to be the managing institution for this prestigious visual arts award, as our permanent collection is exclusively focused on noteworthy historic and contemporary art production in British Columbia,” says Director & Chief Curator, Dr. Curtis Collins. “Selected by an independent jury composed of curators and artists, such a prize speaks to the ongoing vitality of creativity across the province.”

The Audain Prize was established in 2004. Past Audain Prize recipients embody: Ann Kipling, Edward J. Hughes, Eric Metcalfe, Gordon Smith, Jeff Wall, Liz Magor, Robert Davidson, Rodney Graham, Marian Penner Bancroft, Takao Tanabe, Gathie Falk, Fred Herzog, Michael Morris, Paul Wong, Carole Itter, Susan Point, Stan Douglas and Jim Hart.  

About The Audain Foundation
Established in 1997 to assist the visible arts primarily in British Columbia, the Foundation has revamped $140 million in grants, and lately introduced a transformational reward of $100 million to the Vancouver Art Gallery. In 2016, the Foundation expanded its scope to embody wildlife conservation, with a particular emphasis on grizzly bears.

About the Audain Art Museum
The Audain Art Museum is grateful to be on the shared, unceded territory of the Squamish (Sḵwx̱wú7mesh) Nation and Lil’wat (Lil̓wat7úl) Nation. It is located on Blackcomb Way adjoining to Whistler Village. Opened in 2016, the museum homes a big portion of the artwork assortment that Michael Audain and his spouse Yoshiko Karasawa amassed over the previous 40 years. Their world-class Northwest Coast artwork assortment is on everlasting show, plus there are galleries for particular exhibitions of Canadian and worldwide artwork.

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