Winners of the Governor General’s Awards in Visual and Media Arts announced

The Canada Council for the Arts has announced the winners of the 2015 Governor General’s Awards in Visual and Media Arts. 2015 marks the 15th anniversary of these awards, which carry a $25,000 cash prize and recognize outstanding career achievement. Funded and administered by the Canada Council for the Arts, the awards include categories for artistic achievement in visual and media arts, fine craft (Saidye Bronfman) and outstanding contribution.

The 2015 winners are:
* Louise Déry, curator, Montreal (Outstanding Contribution Award)
* Robert Houle, visual artist, Toronto
* Micah Lexier, visual artist, Toronto
* Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, media artist, Montreal
* Paul McClure, jewellery artist, Toronto (Saidye Bronfman Award)
* Sandra Meigs, painter, Victoria
* Rober Racine, visual artist, writer and composer, Montreal
* Reva Stone, new media artist, Winnipeg

The Canada Council has commissioned short films on each of the winners, directed by award-winning Canadian filmmakers. The films are available on the Canada Council and the Independent Media Arts Alliance websites and at film festivals throughout the year. Travellers on Air Canada will also be able to view them on the company’s in-flight entertainment system starting in May 2015.

From April 9 to August 30, 2015 at the National Gallery of Canada, visitors will be able to view a special exhibition featuring selected works by this year’s winners, organized by the National Gallery and curated by Rhiannon Vogl.

His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, will welcome this year’s recipients to Rideau Hall on April 8, 2015, for a special ceremony. On this occasion, each winner will be presented with a unique medallion produced by the Royal Canadian Mint.

“This year’s winners are profoundly shaping Canada’s cultural identity,” said Simon Brault, Director and CEO of the Canada Council. “We applaud their innovative and powerful work, which invites us to question the state of our world and our own personal destinies in ways that we never would have imagined.”

“The Governor General’s Awards in Visual and Media Arts were established 15 years ago to recognize Canada’s leading visual artists and arts supporters,” said Governor General David Johnston. “This year’s laureates remind us once again of the remarkable talent, vision and diversity in modern Canadian art. I look forward to meeting and congratulating them in person.”

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