Meet the Judges who selected the 2018 award winners!
Bruce Eves, Artist, Curator, Recipient of the 2018 Governor-General’s Award in the Visual and Media Arts
Catherine Bratty Award for Best of Art Fair & Most Innovative Work Award
Bruce Eves is a recipient of the 2018 Governor-General’s Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Visual and Media Arts. Eves creates conceptually-driven photo-based works that explore the ever-changing relationship between image versus interpretation and memory versus present-day reality. His work can presently be seen at the National Gallery of Canada and is represented in a diverse number of public collections from the Museum of Modern Art in New York to the Tom of Finland Foundation.
Tiana Koffler Boyman, Chair of the Koffler Centre for the Arts
Founding Chairman's Award
Tiana Koffler Boyman is Co-Chair of the Koffler Centre of the Arts, a prominent Toronto based Jewish contemporary cultural organization. The Koffler presents a cross-disciplinary arts program that promotes inter-cultural dialogue through a diverse range of programs in literature, theatre, visual arts and public engagement. Tiana has served the Koffler Centre in many capacities since 2001 including as a member of the Governance, Nominations, Fundraising, and Strategic Planning Committees as well as the Koffler Gallery Advisory Board.
Ms Koffler Boyman is involved in the philanthropic community for over 30 years providing her focus on health, science, and arts related organizations. She has sat on numerous boards of charitable organizations including the Canadian Friends of the Weizman Institute of Science in Israel, the Board of Sterling Hall School (creating with her husband, Marc Boyman, the Boyman Student Art Gallery), and the Marvelle Koffler Breast Centre at the Mount Sinai Hospital. Through her continued association with the Marvelle Koffler Breast Centre, Ms Koffler Boyman remains as an advisor and currently is Co-Chair of the Breast Cancer Philanthropic Advisory Board as well as the Donor Relations and Stewardship Committee at Mt Sinai Hospital. Tiana Koffler Boyman is the recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.
Flavio Belli, Curator
Founding Chairman's Award
Flavio Belli possesses a wide range of experience in the Canadian arts community. He is an art consultant, curator and artist. He is currently Chair of the Board of Directors for the Al Green Sculpture Studio and School and a member of the Board of Directors of the Italian community’s Columbus Centre. He was Co-Curator of The Al Green Gallery in 2013 and 2014. He served as a member of the sculpture selection committee for the McMurtry Gardens of Justice (2007-2014) while also a Board member of the Toronto Outdoor Art Fair (2004-2014). By appointment of the Governor in Council, he served two three-year terms as a member of the Canadian Cultural Property Export Review Board in Ottawa (2005-2012). Flavio was Director and Curator of the Joseph D. Carrier Art Gallery in Columbus Centre (1990-2005). During that time, he was also an on-camera arts commentator for Toronto Living, for Rogers Television (1999-2004).
A visual artist in his own right, Flavio’s artworks have been shown in solo and group exhibitions since 1974 and his works form part of public and private collections.
Mayor's Purchase Award
Neil Brochu, Supervisor Collections and Outreach, City of Toronto
Neil Brochu is the curator of the City of Toronto Art Collection, a collection which contains nearly 2600 art works displayed in public buildings across the city. He holds a Bachelor of Fine Art from the University of Guelph and a Master of Museum Studies from the University of Toronto. A keen student of local history, material culture and fine art, Neil has worked with the City's art and artifact collections since 2004. Since that time he has steered numerous curatorial projects focusing on period interiors at the City's historic sites and exhibits at The Market Gallery, St. Lawrence Market.
Best of Student Award
The Power Plant Emerging Artist Award
Honourable Mention Student Award (x2)
Joshua Heuman, Curator of Education and Public Programs at The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery
Joshua Heuman has been an art museum educator and curator since 2000. Before joining the staff at The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery as Curator of Education and Public Programs, he held positions at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Salt Lake Art Center (now Utah Museum of Contemporary Art); Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art at Utah State University; and, Joslyn Art Museum. He has organized education and public programs; organized exhibitions; juried exhibitions and competitions; published essays, interviews, and reviews; presented conference papers; and, lectured at museums and universities. Born and raised in Toronto, Josh attended York University where he completed a BA in Visual Art (Art History) and an MA in Art History, focused on "content" in American post-World War II abstract painting.
Best of Student Award
The Power Plant Emerging Artist Award
Honourable Mention Student Award (x2)
Justine Kohleal, RBC Curatorial Fellow, The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery
Justine Kohleal is a Toronto-based curator and art critic. Prior to her appointment at The Power Plant she worked as an independent curator and arts writer in Edmonton, Alberta. Select past curatorial projects include [INTERFACE] (Fringe Gallery); No Job More Dangerous (dc3 Art Projects); Intellectual Play (dc3 Art Projects); and Sounding the Alarm: The Poetics of Connection (Art Gallery of Ontario). She acted as a curatorial assistant to Gerald McMaster and Denise Birkhofer at the Ryerson Image Centre for The Faraway Nearby: Photographs of Canada from The New York Times Photo Archive and to writer and curator Kari Cwynar for Duane Linklater’s installation Monsters for Beauty, Permanence and Individuality (Evergreen Brickworks). She has interned with The Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Luce Foundation Centre and with Public Programs at the Art Gallery of Ontario. Kohleal holds a curatorial M.F.A from OCAD University and a B.A. from the University of Alberta with a focus in Art, Design, and Visual Culture. Currently, her research focuses on the intersection of space, the body/senses and boredom within performance-based art and curatorial practice.
Best of Painting Award
Honourable Mention - Painting Award
Devan Patel, Director of Project Gallery and Studios
Devan Patel is a Canadian contemporary art dealer and consultant. He is the Director, and an owner of Project Gallery and Studios, which has two locations in the east end of Toronto and focuses on local emerging talent. Patel has also worked for established art galleries like Division Gallery and Arsenal Contemporary, as well as Struck Contemporary. He is on the advisory committee for East End Arts, is the Coordinator of /Edition art book and editions fair, as well as a private art consultant through his business Art Works Consulting. Currently, Patel is also a juror for the upcoming Arts Gems Auction at Berkley Church, Timeraiser event at the Power Plant Gallery, and Magenta Foundation’s Flash Forward Photography Prize.
Best of Photography & Digital Media Award
Honourable Mention - Photography & Digital Media
MaryAnn Camilleri, Founder, The Magenta Foundation
Established in 2004, The Magenta Foundation is Canada’s pioneering charitable arts-publishing house. Magenta was created to advocate for and showcase the work of artists in an international context, through circulated exhibitions and publications. Magenta has continued to evolve by finding new and innovative ways to connect artists to the global arts world and is always expanding its publishing departments, to bring the most notable artists forward. Under the Magenta umbrella, there is something for everyone to enjoy and be inspired by. Projects mounted by Magenta are supported with international coverage by the industry’s most renowned media outlets and critical reviews in all traditional media formats.
Best of Craft and Design Award
Best of Jewellery
Deborah Wang, Artistic Director, Toronto Design Offsite
Based in Toronto, Deborah Wang (MFA, M.Arch) is an independent curator and designer with a background in art and architecture. Through her diverse practice, Deborah has curated and co-curated exhibitions for the Textile Museum of Canada, Gladstone Hotel, XPACE Cultural Centre, Art Gallery of Ontario, and Harbourfront Centre. She is Artistic Director of the Toronto Design Offsite Festival.
Best of Ceramics Award
Honourable Mention - Ceramics (x2)
Bruce Cochrane, Professor Emeritus of Ceramics at Sheridan College
Bruce Cochrane is an internationally acclaimed ceramic artist and recently retired Professor Emeritus of Ceramics at Sheridan College. During his 30 plus years of teaching at Sheridan he was instrumental in developing the Ceramic Program’s reputation as one of the best in Canada. He is himself one of Canada’s pre-eminent ceramic artists with work featured in public and private collections around the world. Bruce’s studies began at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design and continued in Alfred, New York at the New York State College of Ceramics where he received his Masters of Fine Art. Since his graduation in 1978 Bruce has participated in over 300 exhibitions, and shares his knowledge through lectures and workshops throughout North America. His work can be found in the permanent collections of the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto, Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art in Toronto, Victoria and Albert Museum in London, England and the Canadian Museum of Civilization in Ottawa to name a few. Bruce resides in Toronto and maintains his studio practice in Grey Highlands, Ontario
Best of 3D Works Award
Honourable Mention - 3D Works
Lyn Carter, Professor of Sculpture, Art and Art History Program at Sheridan College
Lyn Carter is based near Grand Valley, Ontario. She works primarily in sculpture as well as drawing and has exhibited across Canada, the U.S.A., Australia, Britain, Spain, Mexico and China. Her work is represented in a number of permanent collections, among them the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, U.S.A., Cambridge Galleries in Cambridge, Ontario, the AstraZeneca Collection in Mississauga, Ontario, and the Dalhousie Art Gallery in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Carter teaches sculpture in the Art & Art History Program, a joint program between Sheridan College and the University of Toronto Mississauga in Oakville, Ontario.
Best of 2D Works Award
Best of Paper Award
Clayton Windatt, Executive Director, Aboriginal Curatorial Collective
Clayton Windatt is a Métis non-binary multi-artist living and working in Sturgeon Falls, Ontario. Clayton holds a BA in Fine Art from Nipissing University and received Graphic Design certification from Canadore College. With an extensive history working in Artist-Run Culture and Community Arts, Clayton now works as Executive Director of the Aboriginal Curatorial Collective (ACC-CCA). In their role with ACC-CCA and through their own activism, Clayton works with arts organizations on national and global issues and social justice. Clayton maintains contracts with several colleges and universities and as a critical writer and columnist for various newspapers and magazines. Clayton is an active film director with works featured in festivals such as ImagineNative and the Toronto International Film Festival. Clayton works in/with community, design, communications, curation, performance, theatre, technology, consulting, and is a very active writer, filmmaker and visual-media artist.
Social Commentary Award
Judged by the artists of Eyes Of Society exhibition at the Robert Bateman Centre in Victoria: April SGaana Jaad White, Anja Karisik, Sophie Lavoie, Jim Hart, Gwaai Edenshaw, Jaalen Edenshaw, Gary Landon, Andrew Cheddie Sookrah and W. David Ward.
The New Regionalism 'project' is dedicated to spreading an awareness of the correlation between free expression in the arts, and open, democratic society. Since the time of the Industrial Revolution, Regional art movements have emerged every few generations in response to social and economic injustice, environmental concerns and the failure of political systems to effectively address the most pressing issues of the day.
Historically, when artists have engaged with the world – bringing to bear new ideas and creative new approaches – a way forward has been imagined. By recalling the untold history of Regionalism in art, a new generation of artists aims to 'reboot' this long-lived and influential independent movement, in the belief that art – independent art, that is – will reveal new ways of seeing the world and, perhaps, an alternate path.
Emerging Artist by Emerging Curator Award
Nathan Heuvingh, Director of Propeller Gallery
Nathan Heuvingh is the current Director of Propeller Gallery as well as an independent curator, writer, and musician based in Toronto, Ontario. He is a graduate of OCAD’s Masters in Contemporary Art, Design and New Media Art Histories and received a Bachelor of Arts in Studies in Arts and Culture with a concentration in Curatorial Practices from Brock University. Heuvingh has experience in curating, exhibition development and arts administration through his work with a number of cultural institutions including OCAD University, Craft Ontario, Nuit Blanche, Rodman Hall Art Centre and Brock University Radio. He has a background in contemporary art, sound art, music and radio broadcasting and has written for various publications including Senses and Society and Earshot!.