Thursday, February 25, 2021

@Scotiabank Photography Award 2021 Longlist

Eleven Canadian photographers are in the running for the upcoming Scotiabank Photography Award which highlights lens-based visual arts in Canada. Esteemed members of the art community put together the list of artists that are judged by a jury of photography experts with the winner taking home a prized exhibition, cash and other amazing rewards. The experts; Edward Burtnysky, Artist, chair of the jury, Sophie Hackett, Curator, Photography at the Art Gallery of Ontario, Dr Kenneth Montague, Art Collector & Curator and Brian Sholis, Editor, Curator/Writer, will select the finalists (announced March 31) and the final winner (announced in Spring 2021). Nominee Will Gill's (St Johns, Newfoundland) pink boat photograph at top.

Scotiabank is of course one of the top sponsors of cultural and community events in Canada and certainly in Toronto. They have been instrumental in supporting photography starting in 1976 with their Scotiabank Fine Art Collection and continuing as they became a founding partner in the Canadian Photography Institute in 2015, as well as the annual Scotiabank Photography Award and the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival. Laura Curtis Ferrera, Chief Marketing Officer, Scotiabank says. "Visual art carries rich and engaging stories that give us a snapshot of life at a point in time. We are proud to play a role in celebrating the creative vision and accomplishments of our country's most gifted photographers."

The photographers in the 2021 longlist include the following.
Vikky Alexander, Montreal, QC
Jeff Bierk, Toronto, ON
Deanna Bowen, Montreal, QC
Sara Cwynar, Vancouver, BC and Brooklyn, NY
Will Gill, St. John's, NL
Annie MacDonell, Toronto, ON
Dawit L. Petros, Montreal, QC
Ned Pratt, St. John's, NL
Carol Sawyer, Vancouver, BC
Greg Staats, Toronto / Six Nations of the Grand River Territory, ON
Jeff Thomas, Ottawa, ON

From Scotiabank, "The Scotiabank Photography Award recognizes the achievements of established mid-to-late career artists and is Canada's largest and most prestigious annual peer-nominated and reviewed prize. The Award celebrates the creative vision and accomplishments of some of the country's most gifted contemporary lens-based artists. In addition to being featured in a solo Primary Exhibition at Ryerson Image Centre during the 2022 Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival, the winner of the Scotiabank Photography Award will take home $50,000 and will have a book of their work published and distributed worldwide by Steidl. The finalists will each receive $10,000."

"I am incredibly grateful to the Awards Nominators for their time and consideration as we compile the 2021 longlist of Scotiabank Photography Award candidates," says Edward Burtynsky, Chair of the Scotiabank Photography Award jury. "I'm equally excited and proud to see the perseverance and talent of our Canadian photographic artists, as they continue to create and put the kind of art we all need out into the world during these trying times. Congratulations to all."

Dana Claxton, winner of the 2020 Scotiabank Photography Award, will present her exhibition at the Ryerson Image Centre during the Scotiabank 2021 CONTACT Photography Festival.

The 2021 longlist was put together by the following nominators.
Rose Bouthillier, Curator (Exhibitions) at Remai Modern, Saskatoon, SK
Mireille Eagan, Curator of Contemporary Art, The Rooms, St. John's, NL
Mona Filip, Director/Curator of the Koffler Gallery of the Koffler Centre of the Arts, Toronto, ON
Dominique Fontaine, Curator, Founding Director of aPOSteRIORI, Montreal, QC
Matthew Hills, Director and Curator of the Grenfell Art Gallery, Memorial University of Newfoundland, Corner Brook, NL
Michelle Jacques, Head of Exhibitions & Collections/Chief Curator at Remai Modern, Saskatoon, SK
Lisa Kehler, curator and art consultant, Winnipeg, MB
Gerald McMaster, Tier 1 Canada Research of Indigenous Visual Culture and Curatorial Practice, Director of the Wapatah: Centre for Indigenous Visual Knowledge, OCAD University, Toronto, ON
Crystal Mowry, Senior Curator, Kitchener Waterloo Art Gallery (KWAG), Kitchener, ON
cheyanne turions, Curator, SFU Galleries, cultural worker and writer, Vancouver, BC
Emmy Lee Wall, Executive Director, Capture Photography Festival, Vancouver, BC

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