DURING TORONTO INTERNATIONAL ART FAIR
Halifax, NS: The Sobey Art Foundation is pleased to present Sobey Art Award 2002 at Toronto's Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art (MOCCA) from November 16 th to December 20 th 2003.
Organized by the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia and in conjunction with the Toronto International Art Fair, the MOCCA exhibition will feature recent works by the Sobey Art Award 2002 national shortlisted artists, including winner Brian Jungen and runner up David Hoffos, as well as Jean-Pierre Gauthier, Marla Hlady, and Colleen Wolstenholme.
"We were delighted with the response and success of the inaugural Sobey Art Award. The MOCCA exhibition as part of the Toronto International Art Fair allows the Foundation another opportunity to support and promote the enormous talent of the 2002 short-listed artists while generating further interest in the Award," said Donald Sobey, Chairman, Sobey Art Foundation.
The impressive list of Canadian talent short-listed for the Sobey Art Award was featured first at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia in December 2002 in an exhibition that celebrated their works. Since then, there have been avid expressions of interest in the Award from across the country according to Jeffrey Spalding, Director and Chief Curator AGNS.
In response to an invitation to curate an exhibition for the 2003 Toronto International Art Fair, the presentation of Sobey Art Award exhibition seemed fitting. "The most timely and compelling idea was absolutely obvious and immediately apparent," said Spalding. "Rather than create an entirely new show, AGNS had a wonderful exhibition idea 'in-hand', the inaugural 2002 Sobey Art Award."
The 2002 panel of curatorial advisors included Ray Cronin, Curator of Contemporary Art at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia; Pierre Landry, Curator of Contemporary Art at Le Musée d'Art Contemporain; Jessica Bradley, formerly Curator of Contemporary Art at the Art Gallery of Ontario; James Patten, formerly Curator of Contemporary Art at the Winnipeg Art Gallery and Bruce Grenville, Senior Curator at the Vancouver Art Gallery.
Created by the Sobey Art Foundation, the $50,000 Sobey Art Award is awarded every two years to a contemporary Canadian artist, 39 years of age or under, who has exhibited his or her work in a public or private art gallery in Canada within 18 months of being nominated. For further information and nominations guidelines, go to the Sobey Art Award website at www.sobeyartaward.ca
For more information contact:
Svava Juliusson , Coordinator Sobey Art Award
C/O Art Gallery of Nova Scotia
For information on the host gallery contact:
Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art (MOCCA)
Gallery hours: Tuesday to Sunday 12 to 5
MOCCA is wheel chair accessible
Camilla Singh , Assistant Director/Curator
5040 Young Street
For information on the Toronto International Art Fair contact:
Rachel Boguski at the art fair offices 1-800-663-4173