Michael Snow
Clothed Woman (In Memory of my Father) 1963
oil and lucite on canvas
152 x 386.2 cm
Purchased 1966
National Gallery of Canada

The National Gallery of Canada celebrates the Governor General’s Awards in Visual and Media Arts with winners’ exhibition

Ottawa - March 24, 2009

A selection of works by the artists will be on view from March 27 to June 21, 2009 at the NGC

In collaboration with the Canada Council for the Arts, the National Gallery of Canada (NGC) opens an exhibition on Friday, March 27 devoted to the nine winners of the 2009 Governor General’s Awards in Visual and Media Arts, which are organized by the Canada Council. Celebrating the career achievements of some of Canada’s most important contemporary artists, this exhibition presents a selection of the laureates’ work in sculpture, painting, drawing, media arts, performance, architecture and glass and will be on view in the Upper Contemporary Galleries until June 21, 2009.

This year’s laureates are drawn from several provinces across Canada including British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario, Quebec and Nova Scotia. They are:
• John Greer − sculptor
• Nobuo Kubota − interdisciplinary artist
• Rita McKeough − interdisciplinary artist
• Robert Morin   −  video and film maker
• Raymond Moriyama − architect
• Gordon Smith − painter
• Kevin Lockau  − glass artist (Saidye Bronfman Award)
• Kim Ondaatje & Tony Urquhart − artists and co-founders of CARFAC

“We are proud to showcase the works of these artists who are contributing so greatly to living Canadian culture,” said NGC director, Marc Mayer. “The Governor General’s Awards in Visual and Media Arts place Canada’s most distinguished artists and arts advocates centre-stage on the national scene.”

“As artists working at the forefront of their chosen disciplines, the 2009 laureates have each made their mark on contemporary art practice, offering inspiration through their artworks, and in many cases, through their teaching careers as well,” said Heather Anderson, Assistant Curator of Contemporary Art at the NGC. “This exhibition offers insight into each of the laureates’ art making and the opportunity to celebrate the diversity of contemporary art by Canadian artists who been redefining their respective fields of practice.”

The year 2009 marks the 10th anniversary of the Governor General’s Awards in Visual and Media Arts, which were created in 1999 through a partnership between then Governor General Romeo Leblanc, and the Canada Council for the Arts. Funded and administered by the Canada Council, the awards have been highlighted with an exhibition at the NGC from the outset. The Saidye Bronfman Award, which recognizes excellence in fine crafts, was incorporated into the Governor General’s Awards in 2007 and is funded by a generous gift to the Canada Council for the Arts by the Samuel and Saidye Bronfman Family Foundation.

Special Screening of GGAVMA Winner for Media Arts
On March 28, 2009 at 2 pm, a special screening of Robert Morin’s critically acclaimed drama Papa à la chasse aux lagopèdes starring François Papineau will be screened in French with English subtitles in the NGC’s Lecture Hall. Robert Morin is an innovative and inspirational artist recognized as a leader in independent film and video in Quebec and is also celebrated for his long-standing contributions to the world of Canadian film at home and abroad. Winner of numerous national and international awards, he has recently been nominated for the 2009 Jutra Award for Best Director for this film. Free admission.

Admission to this exhibition is included with the purchase of a ticket to the NGC Collection which costs $9 for adults, $7 for seniors and full-time students, $4 for youths aged 12 to 19 years, and $18 for families (two adults and three children). Admission is free of charge for children under 12 and for Friends of the Gallery. Free admission on Thursdays after 5 pm. Tickets are available by telephone at 613-998-8888 or 1-888-541-8888 and at ShopNGC.ca

NGC Hours
Until April 30 the Gallery is open from Tuesday to Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm; Thursday until 8 pm. Closed Mondays. From May 1 it is open daily from 10 am to 5 pm, Thursdays until 8 pm.

About the National Gallery of Canada
The National Gallery of Canada is home to the most important collections of historical and contemporary Canadian art in the world. In addition, it has pre-eminent collections of Inuit, Western and European Art from the 14th to the 21st century, American and Asian Art, as well as drawings and photography. Created in 1880, it is among the oldest of Canada’s national cultural institutions. As part of its mandate to make Canadian art accessible across the country, the NGC has one of the largest touring art exhibition programs in the world. For more information, visit our website.

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For more information and to set an up interview with the National Gallery of Canada’s Assistant Contemporary Art curator, Heather Anderson, please contact:

Josée-Britanie Mallet
Senior Media and Public Relations Officer
National Gallery of Canada

Claire Schofield
Manager, Communications and Public Relations
National Gallery of Canada

To arrange interviews with the GGAVMA winners, please contact:
Diane Chaperon-Lor, Canada Council National Publicist
416-653-0849 / Cell.: 416-506-9047