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Artist Mike Gough awarded the Laura Ciruls Painting Award

Toronto, December 23, 2020 - Ottawa-based artist, Mike Gough is this year’s recipient of the Laura Ciruls Painting Award. The $5,000 award is given annually to recognize an Ontario based mid-career painter.

About Mike Gough
Born in Corner Brook, Newfoundland, Gough has exhibited both nationally and internationally in over 40 exhibitions. His work appears in private, corporate and public collections in England and Canada including The Rooms Provincial Art Gallery, Humber College, Sir Wilfred Grenfell College, The City of St. John’s, and Global Affairs Canada among others.

Gough was the winner of the Excellence in Visual Arts (EVA) People’s Choice Award in 2015 and was shortlisted for the Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council Emerging Artist of the Year in 2013. He has been the recipient of numerous Arts and Letters Awards and was selected for both the Elbow Room Residency Program (2013) at the Rooms Provincial Art Gallery and the Artist in Residence (2016) at 2 Rooms Contemporary Art Projects in Duntara, NL.

Gough received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Sir Wilfred Grenfell College, Corner Brook, NL in 2007 and in 2010 graduated from Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London, England, with a Masters of Fine Arts.

Photo: Tobias Romaniuk 

About the Award
The Laura Ciruls Painting Award was established by Laura Ciruls, a professional graphic and web designer, as well as an acrylic and watercolour painter. Through a bequest, Laura set up the Laura Ciruls Painting Award, to recognize artists like herself, who were contributing to the development of painting in Ontario.

The Ontario Arts Foundation manages the endowment that funds the award. The Ontario Arts Council is responsible for the selection process. The award recipient is selected through the Ontario Arts Council’s peer assessment process from the applicants to one of the two annual Ontario Arts Council Visual Arts Creation Projects (Mid-career category) program deadlines.

Previous award winners include Alex Bierk (2019), Daniel Hutchinson (2018) and Dorian FitzGerald (2017). See the full list of previous recipients.

"Days to Come Stand in Front of Us| acrylic on panel | 30" x 30" | 2020


 For more information, please contact:

Alan Walker
Executive Director, Ontario Arts Foundation
Tel: (416) 969-7413

 Established in 1991, the Ontario Arts Foundation (OAF) is passionately committed to building long-term support for the arts in Ontario. In 2019-2020, the OAF paid over $4.25 million in endowment income and $270,000 in awards and scholarships.

For more than 55 years, the Ontario Arts Council (OAC) has played a vital role in promoting and assisting the development of the arts for the enjoyment and benefit of Ontarians. In 2019-2020 the Ontario Arts Council invested $51.9 million in 197 communities across Ontario through 1,965 grants to individual artists and 1,152 grants to organizations. 

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