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Elizabeth Doxtater Honoured with Ontario Arts Foundation Artist Educator Award

Toronto, February 7, 2022 - Elizabeth Doxtater is the recipient of the $10,000 Ontario Arts Foundation Artist Educator AwardThe award is given annually to an Ontario resident who exemplifies excellence in arts education.


About Elizabeth Doxtater

Elizabeth Doxtater was born and raised on the Six Nations Indian Reserve #40, Grand River.  She is a lifelong learner in the field of Indigenous Arts as a cornhusk artist, painter, and storyteller.  Doxtater conducts workshops, blending the arts with historic and cultural narratives for students, child welfare agencies, educators, and a variety of other organizations. Her work focuses on the concept of re-villagizing as the next step after decolonizing.  

In 2019 Doxtater was commissioned by the Ontario College of Teachers (OCT) to artistically represent the four ethical standards of the teaching profession: Care, Integrity, Trust, and Respect.  Elizabeth coauthored the 2022 OCT document, Restorative Journey: Indigenous Educational Wellness, which features her essays, paintings, poetry, and photographs of her cornhusk dolls.  She has also written two books, Art of Peace and Dreamfast.  

Doxtater coordinates the “Group of Six”, a grassroots program working with six local youth artists whose work focus on unity through art.  Doxtater notes, “As we revillagize and prepare to hand over the tools for Peace to the approaching faces, sometimes those tools are a canvas and a paintbrush.”

Doxtater is the recipient of the Canadian Senior Artists Resource Network (CSARN) and Toronto Foundation 2021 Visionary Artists Lifetime Award, a 2016 Ontario Arts Council Indigenous Arts Award – Emerging Artist, and is a Six Nations Polytechnic 2015 Community Scholar.

Photo: Elizabeth Doxtater, former SS #10 school grounds, Six Nations Indian Reserve #40.



Tsyoyén:kwarote Like Smoke That Rises, Elizabeth Doxtater, acrylic on canvas, 2020.


About the Award
The Ontario Arts Foundation Artist Educator Award recognizes an Ontario resident who exemplifies excellence in arts education, demonstrates a unique approach to their arts education practice, creates meaningful learning experiences for young people, inspires connections to the arts beyond the classroom and continues to maintain an active arts practice.

The Ontario Arts Foundation established and manages the endowment that funds the Artist Educator 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 the Indigenous Artists in Communities and Schools Projects program.

Previous recipients include Ruben Esguerra (2020), Zvondai Muchenje (2019), and Chuck Commanda (2018).  See the full list of previous recipients.


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 For more information, please contact:

Bruce Bennett
Executive Director, Ontario Arts Foundation
Tel: (416) 969-7413
bbennett@oafdn.ca

 Established in 1991, the Ontario Arts Foundation (OAF) is passionately committed to building long-term support for the arts in Ontario. In 2020-2021, the OAF paid over $5.2 million in endowment income and $220,000 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 2020-2021 the Ontario Arts Council invested $78.6 million in 206 communities across Ontario through 2,176 grants to individual artists and 1,312 grants to organizations. 

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Artist Roberto Rosenman awarded the Laura Ciruls Painting Award

Toronto, January 31, 2022 - Roberto Rosenman (Toronto) is this year’s recipient of the Laura Ciruls Painting Award.  The $7,000 award is given annually to recognize an Ontario based mid-career painter.

About Roberto Rosenman

Roberto Rosenman was born in Venezuela and moved to Canada at an early age. He studied classical painting techniques at the Grand Central Academy in New York City through the support of an Ontario Arts Council Chalmers Professional Development Grant. Rosenman received his Bachelor of Arts Degree, Honours at York University and went on to study graphic design at George Brown College.

Rosenman describes his work as symbolist still-life, frequently incorporating the still-life genres of the Vanitas and Trompe L’oeil.  Rosenman is represented by Loch Gallery in Toronto and Sugarlift Gallery in New York and his work has been included in exhibitions in both Canada and the United States. He currently lives in Toronto where he teaches Graphic Design at George Brown College and Humber College.


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 Artists Creation Projects (Mid-career category) program deadlines.

Previous award winners include Mike Gough (2020), Alex Bierk (2019), and Daniel Hutchinson (2018). See the full list of previous recipients.


A Correction, Roberto Rosenman, Oil on Panel, 16" x 20"


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 For more information, please contact:

Bruce Bennett
Executive Director, Ontario Arts Foundation
Tel: (416) 969-7413
bbennett@oafdn.ca

Established in 1991, the Ontario Arts Foundation (OAF) is passionately committed to building long-term support for the arts in Ontario. In 2020-2021, the OAF paid over $5.2 million in endowment income and $220,000 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 2020-2021 the Ontario Arts Council invested $78.6 million in 206 communities across Ontario through 2,176 grants to individual artists and 1,312 grants to organizations. 

 Ce document existe ègalement en français.

 








Artist Dawit L. Petros awarded the Paul de Hueck and Norman Walford Career Achievement Award for Art Photography

Toronto, January 24, 2022  – Dawit L. Petros (Montreal / Chicago) is this year’s recipient of the Paul de Hueck and Norman Walford Career Achievement Award. This year’s $50,000 award recognizes outstanding achievement in the field of art photography. 

About Dawit L. Petros

Dawit L. Petros is a visual artist, researcher, and educator. His work is informed by studies of global modernisms, theories of diaspora, and postcolonial studies. Petros installs photographs, moving images, sculptural objects, and sound work according to performative, painterly, or site responsive logics. Moving between the works echoes the extensive travel taken to produce them; while recurrent visual or formal devices quietly indicate the complex backdrops against which his projects are set.

Dawit L. Petros received his MFA in Visual Art from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts/Tufts University, a BFA in Photography from Concordia University, a BFA in History from the University of Saskatchewan and completed the Whitney Independent Study Program in New York. Recent exhibitions have been held at the 5th Istanbul Design Biennial; 13th Havana Biennial in Matanzas, Cuba; Bamako Encounters Biennale, Mali; Dakar Biennale, Senegal; Prospect.4, New Orleans; Oslo Kunstforening, Oslo, Norway; Huis Marseille Museum of Photography, Amsterdam, Netherlands. 

His work and research have been recognized with awards including a Terra Foundation Fellowship, The Duke and Duchess of York Prize in Photography, an Independent Study Fellowship at the Whitney Museum of American Art, an Art Matters Fellowship, Canada Council for the Arts Production Grants, and Artist Residencies at The Studio Museum in Harlem, The McColl Center for Visual Art, and Addis Ababa Photo Fest. 

Dawit L. Petros is a co-founder with Heba Y. Amin of Black Athena Collective. He is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Photography at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Dawit L. Petros is represented by Tiwani Contemporary in London, UK and Bradley Ertaskiran in Montreal, Canada.


Jury Comments

The jury was unanimous in their choice of Dawit as laureate for the 2021 Paul de Hueck and Norman Walford Career Achievement Award. They said: “Dawit pushes forward the medium of photography, demonstrating excellence, inventiveness and innovation through his substantial body of work. His strong voice challenges what we know about photography and his recent works help us understand the interconnected histories of Italy, Eritrea and Canada, linking these to contemporary migrants.”

Dawit L. Petros was selected by a jury comprised of Senior Curator at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia David Diviney (Halifax, NS), independent curator Dominique Fontaine (Montréal, QC), and photographer and 2019 Paul de Hueck and Norman Walford Award recipient Shelley Niro (Brantford, ON).  


“Between departures, returns and excesses of image, Part V”, Serigraph on canvas, 35 x 44”, 2021.
Image courtesy of The Artist and Bradley Ertaskiran


About the Award
The Paul de Hueck and Norman Walford Career Achievement Award was established at the Ontario Arts Foundation by the late Norman Walford, former Executive Director of the Ontario Arts Council, and the late Paul de Hueck, former CBC television production manager.  The award recognizes in alternating years a classical or jazz keyboard artist, an art photographer, and a classical singer.  The winner is chosen through a nominating and adjudication process managed by the Ontario Arts Council. 

Previous award winners in the field of art photography include Shelley Niro (2019), Rosalie Favell (2017), and Moyra Davey (2015). See the full list of previous recipients.

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For more information, please contact:

Bruce Bennett
Executive Director, Ontario Arts Foundation
Tel: (416) 969-7413
bbennett@oafdn.ca

 Established in 1991, the Ontario Arts Foundation (OAF) is passionately committed to building long-term support for the arts in Ontario. In 2020-2021, the OAF paid over $5.1 million in endowment income and $220,000 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 2020-2021, the Ontario Arts Council invested $78.6 million in 206 communities across Ontario through 2,176 grants to individual artists and 1,312 grants to organizations.

 Ce document existe également en français.

 

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