Grenfell faculty and alumni continue to make their mark on
the national arts stage despite the new reality that the global pandemic has
The Sobey Art Foundation and the National Gallery of Canada
announced changes to the Sobey Art Award program for 2020. This year the Sobey
Art Award opted to provide 25 exceptional Canadian artists on the jury-selected
2020 longlist a prize of $25,000 each instead of the traditional announcement
of regional winners followed by one overall national winner.
Grenfell Art Gallery’s director/curator Matthew Hills was
chosen as the juror for the Atlantic region.
was an honour to be asked to be involved with such a prestigious and important
award, especially since we were able to significantly support so many fantastic
artists at such a challenging time,” said Mr. Hills. “It's also an affirmation
of the good work that the School of Fine Arts and Grenfell Art Gallery is doing
in the visual arts provincially and in the broader Atlantic region, which
speaks to our growing profile nationally.”
Campus was well represented in the artist longlist that consisted of 25 artists
in five regional categories from across Canada. The Atlantic Canada division
included Grenfell visual arts faculty member D’Arcy Wilson and alumnus Jordan
Bennett, as well as recent Grenfell Art Gallery artist-in-residence Melanie
Colosimo, all of whom received $25.000 each.
"The Sobey Art Award exists to celebrate and advocate
for Canadian contemporary visual artists at home and around the world,” said Dr.
Sasha Suda, director and CEO of the National Gallery of Canada in a news
release. “By altering this year's program, the 2020 Sobey Art Award is
contributing to the short- and long-term preservation of Canada's contemporary
art ecosystem in the face of the unknown.
I applaud the Sobey Art Foundation, the jury, and the National Gallery
of Canada team for their responsiveness and leadership, and congratulate all of
the 2020 longlist winners.”
Jordan Bennett: Pitawkewak
D'Arcy Wilson: 1# Fan (excerpt)
Melanie Colosimo: Coming or Going