Eleven nominees were recently announced for the 2017 Scotiabank Photography Award. The award winner will receive a $50,000 prize, a major solo exhibition at the Ryerson Image Centre in Toronto and have a book of their work published and distributed by Steidl of Germany.
This year’s nominees are:
Vikky Alexander, Vancouver, British Columbia, Raymonde April, Montréal, Québec, Barbara Astman, Toronto, Ontario, Valérie Blass, Montréal, Québec, Dana Claxton, Vancouver, British Columbia, Marlene Creates, Portugal Cove, Newfoundland and Labrador, Donigan Cumming, Montréal, Québec, Nancy Davenport, Vancouver, British Columbia, Rosalie Favell, Ottawa, Ontario, Shelley Niro, Brantford, Ontario, Jeff Thomas, Ottawa, Ontario
Artists from across Canada were nominated for the SPA by a range of art professionals: Daina Augaitis, chief curator and associate director of the Vancouver Art Gallery; Mireille Eagan, curator of contemporary art at the Rooms in St. John’s; Heather Igloliorte, associate professor and Concordia University Research Chair in Indigenous Art History and Community Engagement; Ken Lum, professor and chair of the department of fine art at the University of Pennsylvania; Patrick Mahon, artist and professor of visual art at Western University; Wanda Nanibush, assistant curator of Canadian and Indigenous art at the Art Gallery of Ontario; Jenifer Papararo, executive director of the Plug In ICA in Winnipeg; Brenda Francis Pelkey, professor in the School of Creative Arts at the University of Windsor; Jonathan Shaughnessy, associate curator of contemporary art at the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa; Liz Wylie, curator of the Kelowna Art Gallery; and John Zeppetelli, director and chief curator of the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal.
The shortlist will be announced in March, and the winner will be announced in May.
Last year’s winner was Suzy Lake, and previous SPA winners include Stan Douglas, Arnaud Maggs and Lynne Cohen.
Barbara Astman is a Professor in the Photography Department at OCAD University, her areas of expertise include Contemporary Photography, Digital Imaging, Installation-Based Art.
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