Sobey Art Award 2010 jury announcement




April 8, 2010 – HALIFAX, NS – The Sobey Art Award is pleased to announce the names of the 2010 jury members.

Representing the West Coast and Yukon, Grant Arnold, Audain Curator at the Vancouver Art Gallery. Jen Budney, Associate Curator, Mendel Art Gallery represented the Prairies and the North. Ontario was represented by Philip Monk, Director, Art Gallery of York University and Québec’s representative is Lesley Johnstone, Curator, Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal. The Atlantic representative is David Diviney, Curator of Exhibitions at Art Gallery of Nova Scotia.

The Sobey Art Award is organized by The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia. The Sobey Art Award 2010 Exhibition will be on view at the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal from October 8, 2010 to January 3, 2011. The winner will be announced at a Gala reception at the MACM on November 18, 2010. 

On behalf of the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia and the Sobey Art Foundation, Jury Chair Sarah Fillmore, Chief Curator of the AGNS, welcomes the 2010 Jury to the Award. “We are looking forward to working with the distinguished members of this year's jury. Each has demonstrated considerable commitment to contemporary art in Canada and will bring that experience and passion to the Award process.”

About the Sobey Art Award
The Sobey Art Award, Canada’s preeminent award for contemporary Canadian art, was created in 2002 by the Sobey Art Foundation. It is an annual prize given to an artist under 40 who has exhibited in a public or commercial art gallery within 18 months of being nominated. A total of $70,000 in prize money is awarded annually; $50,000 to the winner and $5000 to the other four finalists. Since its inception, the Sobey Art Award and accompanying exhibition have been organized and administered by the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia.

About the 2010 Sobey Art Award Curatorial Panel
Grant Arnold, Curator, Vancouver Art Gallery - Grant Arnold is currently Audain Curator of British Columbia Art at the Vancouver Art Gallery, where he contributes to the Gallery’s exhibition and collecting activities. Over the past twenty years he has organized more than forty exhibitions of historical, modern and contemporary art. Recent exhibition projects have included Ken Lum: from shangri-la to shangri-la; Owen Kydd: Mission/Night/Joshua; Scott McFarland; Is Only the Mind Allowed to Wander; Mark Lewis: Modern Time; Fred Herzog: Vancouver Photographs; Real Pictures: Photographs from the Collection of Claudia Beck and Andrew Gruft; Rodney Graham: A Little Thought (with Jessica Bradley and Connie Butler); Robert Smithson in Vancouver: A Fragment of A Greater Fragmentation; Liz Magor (with Philip Monk); and These Days.

Jen Budney, Associate Curator, Mendel Art Gallery - Jen Budney is Associate Curator at the Mendel Art Gallery in Saskatoon. She has held previous positions as Curator at the Kamloops Art Gallery, Program Officer in the Visual Arts at the Canada Council for the Arts, Artistic Director of Gallery 101 (Ottawa), and News Editor of Flash Art magazine. She has collaborated frequently with other curators and artists on projects such as Stranger Knocking (Italian Pavilion, 1st Melbourne International Biennale, 1999, co-curated with Roberto Pinto), Americas Remixed (Fabbrica del Vapore, 2002, co-curated with Euridice Arratia and Franklin Sirmans), the book Unboxed: Engagements in Social Space (2005, co-edited with Adrian Blackwell), and Wild: Fantasy and Architecture (Waino Aaltonen Museum of Modern Art, Turku, Finland, 2007, co-curated with Jan-Erik Andersson). Budney has a BFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design and an MA in Anthropology from Carleton University, where her thesis focused on racial attitudes and access/participation in Brazilian contemporary art.

Philip Monk, Director, Art Gallery of York University - Philip Monk is Director of the Art Gallery of York University in Toronto. Previously he was curator at The Power Plant (1994 - 2003) and the Art Gallery of Ontario (1985 - 1993). Between 1977 - 1984, he was a writer and free-lance curator. As well as many catalogues, articles, essays, and reviews, he has published six books: Struggles with the Image: Essays in Art Criticism (1988); Double-Cross: The Hollywood Films of Douglas Gordon (2003), Spirit Hunter: The Haunting of American Culture by Myths of Violence (2005); Stan Douglas: Discordant Absences (2006); Disassembling the Archive: Fiona Tan (2007); while I have lying here perfectly still: The Saskia Olde Wolbers Files (2009). A book on General Idea is forthcoming. In 2009, he was the inaugural recipient of the Ontario Association of Art Galleries Lifetime Achievement Award.

Lesley Johnstone, Curator, Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal - Lesley Johnstone is currently curator at the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, where she has presented exhibitions on the works of Lynne Marsh and Christine Davis as well as a mid-career retrospective of the Québec painter Francine Savard.  She was Artistic Director of the International Garden Festival at the Jardins de Métis from 2003 to 2007, and Head of Publications at the Canadian Centre for Architecture from 1998 to 2003. Long time associated with Artexte information centre, Lesley Johnstone has written many catalogue texts and has edited a number of anthologies, exhibition catalogues and monographs on contemporary Canadian art.

David Diviney, Curator, Art Gallery of Nova Scotia - David Diviney is the Curator of Exhibitions at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Halifax.  Previously he was Curator of Programs, AGNS Western Branch, Yarmouth, Assistant Curator, Southern Alberta Art Gallery, Lethbridge, and Director, Eye Level Gallery, Halifax.  Recent curatorial projects include Into the Wild, AGNS (2009), Reflections on the Sea, AGNS (2009), Nine Miles South of Eight Mile: 2009 Windsor Biennial, Art Gallery of Windsor (co-curator), Sleepless Nights: Visions from Western Canada, Kling&Bang Gallerí, Reykjavík (2009), and Sundogs: Contemporary Art from Iceland, Truck Gallery (2008).  He is currently working on a major retrospective of artist David Askevold, set for exhibition in 2011.  He has had texts published by a range of periodicals and institutions including Canadian Art, Tom Thompson Memorial Art Gallery, and Mercer Union.  He has taught courses at Alberta College of Art and Design, University of Lethbridge, Thompson Rivers University, and Sheridan College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning.  Diviney has a BFA with honors from Tyler School of Art of Temple University, Philadelphia and a MFA from Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Halifax.

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