The Canada Council for the Arts Announces the Winners of the Visual and Media Arts Awards


The Canada Council for the Arts has named the 2020 recipients of the Governor General’s Awards in Visual and Media Arts, which recognize contributions to the visual arts, media arts and fine crafts. The winners will each receive a prize of $ 25,000 and a special edition bronze medal. Their work will also be exhibited at the Art Gallery of Alberta in Edmonton in the summer of 2020.

“The Canada Council for the Arts is proud to have administered and funded these awards over the past twenty years,” said Simon Brault, Director and CEO of the Council. “Year after year, the winners have demonstrated just how vibrant, exciting and deeply relevant Canada’s visual and media arts scene is.

The Governor General’s Awards will be presented to eight artists and arts professionals. They were each selected for one of three different distinctions: the Saidye Bronfman Prize, which honors Canadian craftsmanship, will be awarded to artist Anna Torma; the award for artistic excellence, based on the artists’ works, will be awarded to Deanna Bowen, Dana Claxton, Ruth Cuthand, Michael Fernandes, Jorge Lozano Lorza, Kenneth Robert Lum; and the Outstanding Contribution Award, which recognizes achievement in the visual arts, will be awarded to Zainub Verjee, artist, critic and cultural administrator.

The recipients will be presented with the awards at an awards ceremony in Edmonton in July. The occasion will also mark the opening of the prize’s exhibition, curated by Catherine Crowston, which will be on display until September 27. Short films featuring each of the artists were commissioned by the Council and the Independent Media Arts Alliance and created by Canadian filmmakers. They are currently available online and can be viewed here.

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