Kent Monkman receives Premier’s Award for Excellence in the Arts

 

Tuesday, October 31, 2017 - 11:45am

OCAD University congratulates Kent Monkman on being awarded a Premier’s Award for Excellence in the Arts. Winner of the Individual Arts Award, Monkman was a recipient of an honorary doctorate from OCAD University earlier this year at the university’s convocation ceremonies at Roy Thomson Hall in Toronto.

Monkman is well-known for his provocative reinterpretations of romantic North American landscapes. Themes of colonization, sexuality, loss, and resilience - the complexities of historic and contemporary Native American experience - are explored in a variety of mediums, including painting, film/video, performance, and installation. He was among 18 finalists selected for the Premier’s Awards.

The Emerging Artist of the Year Award was awarded to Brian Rideout, a visual artist working in representational painting. Debajehmujig Storytellers won in the Arts Organization category. Debajehmujig Storytellers is one of Canada's foremost Indigenous creation companies and the country's first, and only, professional theatre company located on a reserve.

Administered by the Ontario Arts Council, the awards recognize Ontario's professional artists and arts organizations for extraordinary achievements that strengthen Ontario's vibrant culture sector. Artists and organizations working in publishing, dance, theatre, music, craft, visual arts, media arts, literature and multidisciplinary arts are eligible for these awards.The 2017 laureates were announced at an award ceremony at Canada's National Ballet School on October 30 in Toronto.

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Tuesday, October 31, 2017 - 11:45am

OCAD University congratulates Kent Monkman on being awarded a Premier’s Award for Excellence in the Arts. Winner of the Individual Arts Award, Monkman was a recipient of an honorary doctorate from OCAD University earlier this year at the university’s convocation ceremonies at Roy Thomson Hall in Toronto.

Monkman is well-known for his provocative reinterpretations of romantic North American landscapes. Themes of colonization, sexuality, loss, and resilience - the complexities of historic and contemporary Native American experience - are explored in a variety of mediums, including painting, film/video, performance, and installation. He was among 18 finalists selected for the Premier’s Awards.

The Emerging Artist of the Year Award was awarded to Brian Rideout, a visual artist working in representational painting. Debajehmujig Storytellers won in the Arts Organization category. Debajehmujig Storytellers is one of Canada's foremost Indigenous creation companies and the country's first, and only, professional theatre company located on a reserve.

Administered by the Ontario Arts Council, the awards recognize Ontario's professional artists and arts organizations for extraordinary achievements that strengthen Ontario's vibrant culture sector. Artists and organizations working in publishing, dance, theatre, music, craft, visual arts, media arts, literature and multidisciplinary arts are eligible for these awards.The 2017 laureates were announced at an award ceremony at Canada's National Ballet School on October 30 in Toronto.