Michael Snow
Clothed Woman (In Memory of my Father) 1963
oil and lucite on canvas
152 x 386.2 cm
Purchased 1966
National Gallery of Canada

National Gallery showcases winners of Governor General’s Awards

Ottawa, Canada - March 16, 2005


National Gallery showcases winners of Governor General’s Awards
The National Gallery of Canada is pleased to pay tribute to the laureates of the 2005 Governor General’s Awards in Visual and Media Arts with a special exhibition. Works by the winners will be on view in the Contemporary Galleries from 18 March to 10 April 2005.
The Governor General’s Awards in Visual and Media Arts, announced by the Canada Council for the Arts on 8 March, are Canada’s foremost distinctions for artists who have created an outstanding body of work and have made a significant, long-term contribution to the development of the visual or media arts.

The National Gallery of Canada hosts an annual exhibition that gives visitors an opportunity to discover works by the winners of the Governor General’s Awards in Visual and Media Arts. However, the Gallery plays no role in choosing the artists. The Canada Council for the Arts appoints an independent peer jury of artists and arts professionals from across Canada to select the winners. The Right Honourable Adrienne Clarkson, Governor General of Canada, is presenting the awards tonight in a ceremony at Rideau Hall.

The 2005 laureates are: Painter Carl Beam, photographer Lynne Cohen, sculptor Roland Poulin, video artists Lisa Steele and Kim Tomczak, video artist Paul Wong, and painter, sculptor and performer Françoise Sullivan. Claude Gosselin, Director of the Centre international d’art contemporain de Montréal (CIAC) and producer of the Montréal biennale, is being honoured in the  “Outstanding Contribution” category.

“The National Gallery of Canada has supported these artists during their careers, so we are proud that they are being honoured today with the Governor General’s Awards,” says Pierre Théberge, Director of the Gallery.

Of the 12 works of art in the exhibition, 11 are from the National Gallery’s permanent collection. As well, several of the laureates have had exhibitions at the National Gallery of Canada in the past: No Man’s Land:  The Photographs of Lynne Cohen in 2002; Steele and Tomczak’s The Blood Records written and annotated in 1999;  Paul Wong: On Becoming A Man in 1995, and Roland Poulin: Sculpture in 1994.

An additional work by Beam is currently part of an installation of works by artists of aboriginal ancestry in room B109 of National Gallery, while one of Sullivan’s images is featured in the exhibition The Sixties: Photography in Question at the Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography until 24 April.

“By exhibiting works from our own collection, we are celebrating both the artists’ outstanding work and the Gallery’s commitment to promoting contemporary Canadian art,” Théberge adds.

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For images of the artworks, visit the National Gallery of Canada’s online press room at http://www.national.gallery.ca/. For biographies and images of the artists, visit the Canada Council’s Web site at http://www.canadacouncil.ca/.

Anouk Hoedeman
Senior Media and Public Relations Officer
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