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Shelley Niro wins the 2017 Scotiabank Photography Award

Shelley Niro
Shelley Niro

Shelley Niro was born in Niagara Falls, NY. Currently she lives in Brantford Ontario. Niro is a member of the Six Nations Reserve, Bay of Quinte Mohawk, Turtle Clan. Shelley Niro is a multi-media artist. Her work involves photography, painting, beadwork and film.

Niro is conscious the impact post-colonial mediums have had on Indigenous people. Like many artists from different Native communities, she works relentlessly presenting people in realistic and explorative portrayals. Photo series such as MOHAWKS IN BEEHIVES, THIS LAND IS MIME LAND and M: STORIES OF WOMEN are a few of the genre of artwork. Films include: HONEY MOCCASIN, IT STARTS WITH A WHISPER, THE SHIRT, KISSED BY LIGHTNING and ROBERT’S PAINTINGS.

The Finalists

Donigan Cumming

Donigan Cumming uses photography, video, painting, drawing, sound, and text in multi-media artworks and installations. His work is recognized internationally for its forthright and compassionate engagement with society and its forgotten members.

Raymonde April

Raymonde April was born in Moncton in 1953 and grew up in Rivière-du-Loup. At a time when photography practice was more often documentary than artistic, she developed her ideas independently during studies in visual arts at Université Laval, influenced by literature and film. She has been active in the artistic community, co-founding La Chambre Blanche in 1978 in Quebec city, one of the first artist-run centres in Canada.

The Jurors

World-renowned Canadian photographer Edward Burtynsky is the chair of a panel of three expert jury members for the 2017 Scotiabank Photography Award.

This year’s panel includes:

  • Marie Josée Jean
  • Robert Enright
  • Mark Lewis

Nominees

  • Vikky Alexander
  • Raymonde April
  • Barbara Astman
  • Valérie Blass
  • Dana Claxton
  • Marlene Creates
  • Donigan Cumming
  • Nancy Davenport
  • Rosalie Favell
  • Shelley Niro
  • Jeff Thomas

Nominators

  • Daina Augaitis
  • Mireille Eagan
  • Heather Igloliorte
  • Ken Lum
  • Patrick Mahon
  • Wanda Nanibush
  • Jenifer Papararo
  • Brenda Francis Pelkey
  • Jonathan Shaughnessy
  • Liz Wylie
  • John Zeppetelli

Suzy Lake wins the 2016 Scotiabank Photography Award

Suzy Lake

Suzy Lake began her art practice in 1968, after moving to Montreal from her birthplace, Detroit, following the social and political unrest of the 1960s. Lake was among the first female artists in Canada to adopt performance, video, and photography to explore the politics of gender, the body, and identity. In 1972 she formed Véhicule Art Inc. with twelve other artists to establish one of the first artist-run centres in Canada. She moved to Toronto in 1978 where she became a co-founder of the Toronto Photographers Workshop. Lake taught for 40 years in Montreal, Toronto, and most recently as head of the University of Guelph photo department. Lake currently lives and makes work in Toronto.

 

The Finalists

Pascal Grandmaison

Pascal Grandmaison was born in Montreal in 1975, and earned his Bachelor of Fine and Media Arts degree from Université du Québec à Montréal (1997). His work has been featured in solo exhibitions at the National Gallery of Canada (Ottawa), Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, Casino.

Jayce Salloum

Jayce Salloum’s work exists in/between the very personal, quotidian, local and the transnational. It takes place in a variety of contexts though has consistently been about mediation – the gap between the experience and the accounting/telling/receiving of it, engaging in an intimate subjectivity.

The Jurors

World-renowned Canadian photographer Edward Burtynsky is the chair of a panel of three expert jury members for the 2016 Scotiabank Photography Award.

This year’s panel includes:

  • Robert Bean
  • Catherine Bédard
  • Robert Enright

Nominees

  • Raymonde April
  • Geneviève Cadieux
  • Michel Campeau
  • Moyra Davey
  • Evergon
  • Michael Flomen
  • Pascal Grandmaison
  • Thaddeus Holownia
  • Suzy Lake
  • Jayce Salloum

Nominators

  • Claude Baillargeon
  • Penny Cousineau-Levine
  • Louise Déry
  • David Diviney
  • Susan Dobson
  • Barbara Fischer
  • Martha Hanna
  • Mark Lanctôt
  • Kenneth Montague
  • Lori Pauli

Angela Grauerholz wins the 2015 Scotiabank Photography Award.

Angela Grauerholz

Born in Hamburg, Germany, in 1952, Angela Grauerholz has lived and worked in Montreal since 1976. A graduate of the Kunstschule Alsterdamm, Hamburg, in graphic design, she studied literature and linguistics at the University of Hamburg and holds a Master's degree in Fine Arts (photography) from Concordia University, Montreal. In 1980, she was a co-founder of ARTEXTE, centre d'information en art contemporain, still today an important archive for Canadian art, where she worked until 1986. Simultaneously, until the late 1980s, she was very active as a graphic designer specializing in catalogue and book design. Since 1988, she has been teaching at the École de design, Université du Québec à Montréal, where she was the director of the Centre de Design from 2008 to 2012. Having influenced and taught many generations of graphic designers in Quebec, she has received numerous awards for her design work, such as the Award of Excellence (Best of Best) from the American Federation of Arts, New York, for the book Lisette Model, published by the National Gallery of Canada in 1990, and has worked for many distinguished artists and art institutions across Canada. In 2006, Grauerholz was awarded Quebec's Prix Paul-Émile-Borduas for her accomplishments in the arts, and in 2014 she received the Canada Council's Governor General Award in Visual and Media Arts.

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The Finalists

Rafael Goldchain

Rafael Goldchain is a well-respected Canadian photographer. His photographs are included in the collections of major museums including the National Gallery of Canada, the Bibliotheque Nationale de France, the Museum of Modern Art, the Consejo Nacional para la Cultura y Las Artes (México), and the Biblioteca Nacional de Chile.

Isabelle Hayeur

Born in Montreal in 1969, Isabelle Hayeur is a digital image artist recognized for her large-sized photographic montages, her videos, and her site-specific installations, in which she highlights urban blights and sprawl, among a number of industrial society's pitfalls.

The Jurors

World-renowned Canadian photographer Edward Burtynsky is the chair of a panel of three expert jury members for the 2015 Scotiabank Photography Award.

This year’s panel includes:

  • Robert Bean
  • Catherine Bédard
  • Robert Enright

Nominees

  • Benoit Aquin
  • Dianne Bos
  • Jim Breukelman
  • Rafael Goldchain
  • Angela Grauerholz
  • Isabelle Hayeur
  • Emmanuelle Leonard
  • Laura Letinsky
  • Graeme Patterson
  • Gabor Szilasi
  • Robert Walker

Nominators

  • Diane Charbonneau
  • William A. Ewing
  • Blake Fitzpatrick
  • Ihor Holubizky
  • Marie-Josée Jean
  • Gemey Kelly
  • Andrea Kunard
  • Vincent Lavoie
  • Karen Love
  • Mary Reid
  • Ann Thomas

Mark Ruwedel wins the 2014 Scotiabank Photography Award.

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Mark Ruwedel, Bethlehem, PA

Mark Ruwedel (born 1954, Bethlehem, PA) first became interested in photography while studying painting at Kutztown State College, Pa., (BFA, 1978). In 1980 he moved to Montreal to pursue graduate studies in photography at Concordia University (MFA, 1983). While at Concordia, he started working with the view camera and also began his teaching career, which continues to this day.

Jane Nokes and Edward Burtynsky announce the 2014 Scotiabank Photography Award winner -- Mark Ruwedel.

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The Finalists

Rodney Graham, Abbotsford

Rodney Graham was born in 1949 in Abbotsford, British Columbia. He studied art history at the University of British Columbia (Vancouver) from 1968 to 1971 and at Simon Fraser University (Vancouver) from 1978 to 1979. A conceptual artist, Graham has created a varied body of work since the 1970s, making use of such diverse media as photography, film, installation, painting, literature, and music.

Donald Weber

Rodney Graham was born in 1949 in Abbotsford, British Columbia. He studied art history at the University of British Columbia (Vancouver) from 1968 to 1971 and at Simon Fraser University (Vancouver) from 1978 to 1979. A conceptual artist, Graham has created a varied body of work since the 1970s, making use of such diverse media as photography, film, installation, painting, literature, and music.

The Jurors

World-renowned Canadian photographer Edward Burtynsky is the chair of a panel of three expert jury members for the 2014 Scotiabank Photography Award.

This year’s panel includes:

  • Robert Bean
  • Catherine Bédard
  • Ann Thomas

Nominees

  • Grant Arnold
  • Wayne Baerwaldt
  • Karen Carter
  • Ray Cronin
  • Terry Graff
  • Bill Jeffries
  • Anthony Kiendl
  • Scott McLeod
  • Sarah Milroy
  • Mary Reid
  • Craig Richards
  • Meeka Walsh

Stan Douglas wins the 2013 Scotiabank Photography Award.

Stan Douglas, Vancouver

Stan Douglas is a visual artist who lives and works in Vancouver. He has created films, photographs, and installations that reexamine particular locations or past events. His works often take their points of departure in local settings, from which broader issues can be identified. His interest in the social implementation of western ideas of progress, particularly utopian philosophies, is located in their often divisive political and economic effects. His interrogation of the structural possibilities of film and video, in concert with intricately developed narratives, has resulted in a number of groundbreaking contemporary art works.

The Finalists

Angela Grauerholz, Montreal

Born in Hamburg, Germany, in 1952, Angela Grauerholz has lived and worked in Montreal since 1976. A graduate of the Kunstschule Alsterdamm, Hamburg, in graphic design, she also studied literature and linguistics at the University of Hamburg and holds a Master's degree in Fine Arts (photography) from Concordia University, Montreal.

Robert Walker, Montreal

In 1969 I graduated from Sir George Williams University in Montreal where I studied Fine Arts and painting in particular. During that period the New York Color–Field painters were in fashion and I worked in a mode of geometric abstraction.

The Jurors

World-renowned Canadian photographer Edward Burtynsky is 
the chair of a panel of three expert jury members for the 2013 
Scotiabank Photography Award.

This year’s panel includes:

  • William A. Ewing
  • Karen Love
  • Ann Thomas

Nominees

  • Robert Bean
  • Lynne Cohen
  • Carolyn Bell Farrell
  • Sarah Fillmore
  • Barbara Fischer
  • Gary Hall
  • Nataley Nagy
  • Helga Pakasaar
  • Carol Podedworny
  • Stuart Reid
  • Christine Sowiak
  • Meeka Walsh

Toronto artist Arnaud Maggs received the second annual Scotiabank Photography Award.

Arnaud Maggs, Toronto

Arnaud Maggs began his career as an artist in the mid seventies at the age of 50, after success as a graphic designer and then a commercial and fashion photographer. His early work used portraiture to catalogue the geometry of the face. Works in this series include Joseph Beuys, 100 Profile Views and Joseph Beuys, 100 Frontal Views, shot in 1980 at the artist’s studio in Düsseldorf, each work comprises one hundred different, but surprisingly similar, photographs of the artist. Other works in this series include the students at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, Yosuf Karsh, Northrup Frye, Andre Kertesz, and numerous members of the Toronto arts community.

The Finalists

Fred Herzog, Vancouver

Fred Herzog was born in 1930 in Bad Friedrichshall, Wurttemberg, Germany. He spent his childhood in Stuttgart but returned to his birth city in 1946. He had begun to take outdoor photographs in black and white in Germany but began serious photography after emigrating to Canada in 1952. He lived in Toronto for a year and then moved to Vancouver in 1953, where he has lived ever since.

Alain Paiement, Montreal

Alain Paiement was born in Montréal in 1960, where he now lives, works, and teaches at Université du Québec à Montréal, after spending over ten years in Europe. Since the mid-1980s, Paiement has made his mark as a major figure in contemporary Canadian photography through his sustained exploration of the medium’s spatial deployment, the depiction of architecture, and the construction of sight.

The Jurors

World-renowned Canadian photographer Edward Burtynsky is 
the chair of a panel of three expert jury members for the 2012 
Scotiabank Photography Award.

This year’s panel includes:

  • William A. Ewing
  • Karen Love
  • Ann Thomas

Nominees

  • Stéphane Aquin
  • Robert Enright
  • Shirley Madill
  • Ann-Marie Ninacs
  • Lori Pauli
  • Sheila Perry
  • Doina Popescu
  • Bernard Riordon
  • Reid Shier
  • Jeffrey Spalding
  • Vincent J. Varga
  • Liz Wylie

 

 

Lynne Cohen wins the 2011 Scotiabank Photography Award.

Lynne Cohen, Montreal

Since the early 1970s, Montreal based artist Lynne Cohen has focused her attention on the strangeness and contradictions in the everyday world, photographing domestic and institutional interior spaces such as men’s clubs, classrooms, spas, military installations, laboratories and other uninhabited public and private interiors. While Cohen’s work has a social and political edge, and is sometimes critical, it also has a wry humour. The sites she photographs exist, but often look like constructions or installations lifted from a contemporary art museum.

The Finalists

Roy Arden, Vancouver

Roy Arden has been active as an internationally exhibiting artist since the late 70s. He has played a major part in the development of Vancouver as an internationally recognized centre for the production of contemporary photo art. Regularly seen in significant local, national and international exhibitions, Arden's work is included in important museum collections in Canada, Europe and the U.S.A., including The Art Gallery of Ontario, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Staatsgalerie in Stuttgart.

Robin Collyer, Toronto

Born in London, England in March 1949, Robin Collyer immigrated to Canada in 1957. He was educated at the Ontario College of Art, Toronto, in the late 1960s, and presented his first solo exhibition at the Carmen Lamanna Gallery in 1971. Collyer's early black and white photographs, such as Shirley and Clint Eastwood, 1973, looked critically at the limits of the photographic image and its claims to authenticity.

The Jurors

World-renowned Canadian photographer Ed Burtynsky is the 
inaugural chair of a panel of three expert jury members for the 2012 
Scotiabank Photography Award.

This year’s panel includes:

  • William A. Ewing
  • Marie-Josée Jean
  • Karen Love

Nominees

  • Catherine Crowston
  • Robert Enright
  • Gary Hall
  • Martha Langford
  • Sheila Perry
  • Maia-Mari Sutnik
  • Ann Thomas
  • Jeff Wall