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Scotiabank Photography Award Appoints 2013 Jurors and Nominators

Now in its third year, the jurors and nominators are confirmed for the 2013 Scotiabank Photography Award (SPA). The award was conceived to reinforce Scotiabank’s commitment to art, culture and heritage in the communities where we live and work in Canada and around the world by raising the profile of Canada’s leading and established photographic artists. Photography, like all visual art, is about storytelling and the creative vision of the photo artist tells us stories about who we are and where we stand on a range of topics. SPA is now the largest and most prestigious annual peer reviewed celebration of excellence in Canadian contemporary photography. The short list will be announced on March 5th, 2013 in Toronto and the winner will be annnounced on May 16th.

SPA 2013 Jurors

The 2013 SPA jury comprises William A. Ewing, Director of Curatorial Projects, Thames & Hudson/London/New York/Paris/Singapore/Hong Kong/Melbourne; Karen Love, Manager of Grants and Publications and Independent Curator, Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, British Columbia and Ann Thomas, Photographs Collection, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario. The jurors will review a submitted body of work from 12 nominees put forward by twelve of the country's leading photographic arts experts ranging from art gallery directors, curators, practicing artists, professors, writers and critics in all parts of Canada.

SPA 2013 Nominators

To ensure that SPA is a Canada-wide peer driven search, twelve nominators were selected from a national sweep of experts in the fields of contemporary art, inclusive of art gallery directors, curators, practicing artists, professors, writers and critics. They will each nominate up to three candidates. The nominees will be adjudicated by three jurors with Edward Burtynsky as jury chair between March 4th and 5th, 2013 in Toronto.

The 2013 Scotiabank Photography Award Nominators are:

Robert Bean, Independent Artist and Writer and Professor of Photography, NSCAD University, Halifax, Nova Scotia

Lynne Cohen, Artist and Inaugural Winner of the Scotiabank Photography Award in 2011, Montreal, Quebec

Carolyn Bell Farrell, Executive Director, MacLaren Art Centre, Barrie, Ontario

Sarah Fillmore, Chief Curator, Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Curator, Sobey Art Award, Halifax, Nova Scotia

Barbara Fischer, Executive Director/Chief Curator, Justina M. Barnicke Gallery and Senior Lecturer, Curatorial Studies, Department of Art, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario

Gary Hall, Executive Director, Gallery TPW, Toronto, Ontario

Nataley Nagy, Executive Director, Kelowna Art Gallery, Kelowna, British Columbia

Helga Pakasaar, Independent Art Curator and Writer, Curator, Presentation House Gallery, North Vancouver, British Columbia

Carol Podedworny, Director and Chief Curator, McMaster Museum of Art, Adjunct Assistant Professor in McMaster University’s School of the Arts, Hamilton, Ontario

Stuart Reid, Director/Curator, Rodman Hall Art Centre, Brock University, St. Catharines, Ontario

Christine Sowiak, Curator of Art, Nickle Galleries, University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta

Meeka Walsh, Editor, Border Crossings, Winnipeg, Manitoba

About the Award

Scotiabank is committed to art, culture and heritage in the communities where we live and work around the world, and the arts are a key area of focus for us. Photography, like all visual art, is about storytelling. The creative vision of the photo artist tells us stories about who we are and where we stand on a range of topics. Canadian photographic art has a significant international presence, which is being enhanced by the Scotiabank Photography Award (SPA).

“The SPA awards were established to celebrate the vision of Canadian artists who all have a unique way of telling a story through the lens of a camera,” explained Jane Nokes, Director of the Fine Art Collection and Corporate Archives at Scotiabank. "The awards recognize contemporary Canadian photographer artists whose work is not only enjoyed by but also adds to the richness of communities across the country. It is our hope, that as SPA finalists they will experience further recognition and be inspired to continue creating exceptional work."

The SPA winner will receive a cash prize of $50,000.00, book and exhibition at the Ryerson Image Centre at Ryerson University during the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival in 2014 - in total the award has a value of more than $100,000.00. The book will be published and distributed world-wide by internationally-renowned art photography publisher Steidl (Germany). The winner will also be featured at their own curated exhibition at the following year's Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival.

The SPA was conceived and developed by Edward Burtynsky, one of Canada's most respected photographers and Jane Nokes, Director of the Fine Art Collection and Corporate Archives at Scotiabank Group. Mr. Burtynsky serves as Chair of the SPA and Jane Nokes is the Award's Executive Director. Both serve on the Board of the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival, the largest photography festival in the world.

The 2013 SPA winner will be announced May 16, 2013 at the Ryerson Image Centre, Toronto.

Scotiabank issued the following statement on the passing of Canadian artist and photographer Arnaud Maggs on November 17th, 2012.

On behalf of Scotiabank, it is with deep regret that we learned of the passing of Montreal-born Arnaud Maggs, renowned Canadian artist and photographer. His humour and joie de vivre were apparent earlier this year when he accepted his prize as the 2012 Scotiabank Photography Award winner.

Works by Maggs are in many important public collections including the National Gallery of Canada, Art Gallery of Nova Scotia Art Gallery of Hamilton, Vancouver Art gallery, Art Gallery of Ontario, Art Gallery of Alberta, Winnipeg Art Gallery, Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal.

His legacy will live on through his art and in the lives of the artists and art-enthusiasts whom he has touched with his work. His work will be celebrated with an exhibition at the Ryerson Image Centre (RIC) program during Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival 2013. A commemorative book will accompany the exhibition.

We would like to express our condolences to Maggs’ family, friends and the arts community who have lost a remarkable talent.

ARNAUD MAGGS WINNER OF 2ND ANNUAL SCOTIABANK PHOTOGRAPHY AWARD

Toronto, ON (05/09/12) – Toronto artist Arnaud Maggs received the second annual Scotiabank Photography Award (SPA) at a ceremony held this evening at Toronto’s Design Exchange. Celebrating excellence in contemporary photography, the $50,000 award, solo Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival exhibition in 2013 and book deal with international art photography publisher Steidl, is Canada’s largest prize for an established Canadian photographic artist.

“To receive this award is an honour, and it too is an honour to be named in the company of my gifted peers, Fred Herzog and Alain Paiement,” said Arnaud Maggs. “Scotiabank’s work over the past years both through its involvement in the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival and now the Scotiabank Photography Award is helping to raise the profile of Canadian photography and the people and stories behind the lens.”

Best known for his multiple-grid, serial photographs of faces and collections, systems and historical ephemera, Arnaud began his career as an artist in the mid seventies at the age of 47, following success as a graphic designer and commercial and fashion photographer. Works, collections and exhibits include Complete Prestige 12” Jazz Catalogue, Charles Stainback’s Special Collections and the Arnaud Maggs: Identification exhibition which opened at the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa on May 3, 2012. Maggs is represented in Toronto by the Susan Hobbs Gallery.

“Arnaud Maggs has made a unique contribution to Canadian art and photography with his clear and original way of looking at the world around him,” said Ann Thomas, Curator of Photographs Collection, National Gallery of Canada on behalf of the SPA jury. “Under his unswerving and affectionate eye, he brings to a new level of appreciation both the idea of human identity represented through the photographic portrait and the idea of cultural evidence garnered through the traces that everyday things leave behind. We are grateful to him for opening our eyes to the significance of ordinary things.”

The SPA was conceived and developed by Ed Burtynsky, one of Canada’s most respected photographers and Jane Nokes, Director of the Fine Art Collection and Corporate Archives at Scotiabank. Burtynsky serves as Chair of the SPA and Nokes is the Award’s Executive Director. Both serve on the Board of the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival, the largest photography festival in the world. The SPA 2012 was sponsored by Canadian Art, CTV and the Globe and Mail.

"Arnaud is the master of the archival image," said Nokes. "His excellence as a photographic artist is a given, his extraordinary use of the ordinary is a wonder. Arnaud is all about archives, and as a professional archivist, I am in awe of his use of history to inform his work. His ability to bring the past into the present in a meaningful way makes him the archivist’s hero as well as the art curator’s dream.”

The 2012 SPA jury:

  • William Ewing, Director of Curatorial Projects, Thames & Hudson
  • Karen Love, Manager of Grants and Publications and Independent Curator, Vancouver Art Gallery
  • Ann Thomas, Curator of Photographs Collection, National Gallery of Canada

About Scotiabank
Scotiabank is committed to supporting the communities in which we live and work, both in Canada and abroad, through our global philanthropic program, Scotiabank Bright Future. Recognized as a leader internationally and among Canadian corporations for our charitable donations and philanthropic activities, Scotiabank has provided on average approximately $45 million annually to community causes around the world over each of the last five years. Visit us at www.scotiabank.com.

For further information about the short-listed photographers and to receive images of their work:

Stephen Weir
Stephen Weir & Associates
Office: 416-489-5868  Mobile: 416-801-3101
Email: stephen@stephenweir.com

Linda Crane
Stephen Weir & Associates
Office: 905-257-6033  Mobile: 416-727-0112
Email: cranepr@cogeco.ca

Or

Crystal Jongeward
Scotiabank
Office: 416-933-3056
Email: crystal.jongeward@scotiabank.com

Scotiabank Photography Award Names 2012 Shortlist

TORONTO, ON (03/16/2012) - Three well-known Canadian photographers have been named as finalists for the 2012 Scotiabank Photography Award (SPA). The SPA Shortlist announcement was made on Friday, March 16 at the bank’s headquarters in downtown Toronto. Now in its second year, the SPA was created to raise the international profile of Canada's leading photographic artists and is the largest annual peer reviewed celebration of excellence in Canadian contemporary photography.

The 2012 Scotiabank Photography Award Shortlist Finalists are:

  • Arnaud Maggs, Toronto.  Nominator: Doina Popescu
  • Fred Herzog, Vancouver.  Nominator: Robert Enright
  • Alain Paiement, Montreal.  Nominator: Anne-Marie Ninacs

This year's SPA jury is comprised of William A. Ewing, Director of Curatorial Projects, Thames & Hudson/London/New York/Paris/Singapore/Hong Kong/Melbourne; Karen Love, Manager of Grants and Publications and Independent Curator, Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, British Columbia and Ann Thomas, Photographs Collection, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario. The jurors reviewed a submitted body of work from 12 nominees put forward by a panel of the country's leading photographic arts experts ranging from art gallery directors, curators, practicing artists, professors, writers and critics in all parts of Canada.

“The SPA awards were established to celebrate the vision of Canadian artists who all have a unique way of telling a story through the lens of a camera,” explained Jane Nokes, Director of the Fine Art Collection and Corporate Archives at Scotiabank. "The awards recognize contemporary Canadian photographer artists whose work is not only enjoyed by but also adds to the richness of communities across the country. It is our hope, that as SPA finalists they will experience further recognition and be inspired to continue creating exceptional work."

The SPA winner will receive a cash prize of $50,000.00, book and exhibition at CONTACT in 2013 - in total the award has a value of more than $100,000.00. The book will be published and distributed world-wide by internationally-renowned art photography publisher Steidl (Germany). The winner will also be featured at their own curated exhibition at the following year's Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival.

The SPA was conceived and developed by Ed Burtynsky, one of Canada's most respected photographers and Jane Nokes, Director of the Fine Art Collection and Corporate Archives at Scotiabank Group. Mr. Burtynsky serves as Chair of the SPA and Jane Nokes is the Award's Executive Director. Both serve on the Board of the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival, the largest photography festival in the world.

This year's SPA winner will be announced May 9, 2012.

2011 Scotiabank Photography Award winner's exhibit opens May 3 - June 30 at the Design Exchange

Lynne Cohen: Nothing is Hidden

A new art exhibit entitled Lynne Cohen: Nothing is Hidden features 31 images by the renowned Montreal photographer, winner of the 2011 Scotiabank Photography Award. Known for capturing domestic and institutional spaces devoid of people, her stark and often dramatic images portray social and political themes, often with a wry sense of humour. The launch of a book under the same title, containing 127 of Ms. Cohen's most celebrated photographs will be available May 9th. The show runs at the Design Exchange, 234 Bay Street, Toronto from May 3 to June 30. Free Admission courtesy Scotiabank. Weekdays: 10 a.m. to 5 pm. Saturdays & Sundays: 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. 416-363-6121 www.dx.org.

About the 2011 Winner: "For me, it is an honour to have been nominated and selected to receive the Scotiabank Photography Award in its first year," says Ms. Cohen. "Canada is a leader in the world of art photography, and has become even more prominent in the art world over the last four decades, and this prize can only solidify and contribute to its leading position."

Issued by/for further information:

Stephen Weir & Associates
Publicists, Scotiabank Photography Award 2012
Stephen Weir    Phone: 416-489-5868  Mobile: 416-801-3101  stephen@stephenweir.com
Linda Crane    Phone: 905-257-6033  Mobile: 416-727-0112  cranepr@cogeco.ca