The Governor General’s Awards in Visual and Media Arts 2019

Jeff Thomas, Chief Red Robe, Champlain Lookout, Gatineau Park, Quebec (detail), 2009, 55.8 x 76.2 cm, pigment print on archival paper. Collection of the artist © Jeffrey Thomas

The Governor General’s Awards in Visual and Media Arts 2019

Since 2000, the Governor General’s Awards in Visual and Media Arts have recognized Canadian artists for their remarkable careers in fine or applied arts, film, video, audio, or new media.

This year’s exhibition showcases the work of eight outstanding laureates: Stephen Andrews, Marlene Creates, COZIC, Lee-Ann Martin, Ali Kazimi, Andrew J Paterson, Jeff Thomas and Susan Edgerley (Saidye-Bronfman Award for excellence in the fine crafts). Created by the Governor General and the Canada Council for the Arts, these awards offer all of us an occasion to celebrate artistic excellence in Canada. 

Organized by the National Gallery of Canada in collaboration with the Canada Council for the Arts.


Thursday, March 28, 2019 Monday, August 5, 2019


National Gallery of Canada Lower Contemporary Galleries
380 Sussex Drive
Ottawa, ON K1N 9N4

Meet the 2019 Winners

Throughout their exceptional careers, these eight remarkable artists have contributed to the vitality of visual and media arts in the country. Discover this year’s winners in the short video portraits below.

Portrait of Stephen Andrews, 2019 #GGARTS winner

Stephen Andrews
Visual Artist


Portrait of Marlene Creates, 2019 #GGARTS winner

Marlene Creates
Visual Artist


Portrait of COZIC, 2019 #GGARTS winner

COZIC (Yvon Cozic & Monic Brassard)
Visual Artist


Portrait of Susan Edgerley, 2019 #GGARTS winner

Susan Edgerley
Glass Artist


Portrait of Ali Kazimi, 2019 #GGARTS winner

Ali Kazimi
Filmmaker and Media Artist


Portrait of Lee Ann Martin, 2019 #GGARTS winner

Lee-Ann Martin
Independent Curator


Portrait of Andrew J. Paterson, 2019 #GGARTS winner

Andrew James Paterson
Media Artist


Portrait of Jeff Thomas, 2019 #GGARTS winner

Jeff Thomas
Photo-based storyteller


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