The Hnatyshyn Foundation

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October 14, 2014 11:00 ET

The Hnatyshyn Foundation Announces Results of 2014 National Competitions in the Visual and Performing Arts

Eight Young Performing Artists Receive $10,000 Developing Artist Grants from the Hnatyshyn Foundation

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Oct. 14, 2014) - Eight young performing artists will receive grants of $10,000 each this year from The Hnatyshyn Foundation to pursue their studies in September 2014. This brings to $780,000 the amount invested in university-level scholarships over the past ten years by the Ottawa-based foundation.

In announcing the winners of the 2014 Developing Artists Grants in Ottawa, Gerda Hnatyshyn, C.C., President of The Hnatyshyn Foundation, said: "The nominees for 2014 are representative of the wealth of young talent in Canada. The Hnatyshyn Foundation is privileged to celebrate their accomplishments by awarding these grants, investing in and supporting, at the most fundamental level, the development of world-class artists of tomorrow." The grant winners were adjudicated anonymously by expert juries from across Canada.

In addition to the $10,000 grant, recipients in classical music and jazz may be invited to perform in a concert at Bourgie Hall in the Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal. The opportunity is made possible thanks to an agreement between The Hnatyshyn Foundation and the Fondation Arte Musica, which will feature performances by selected grant recipients from the 2013, 2014 and 2015 competitions starting in the winter of 2015. The first artist chosen to appear at Bourgie Hall is bassoonist Marlene Ngalissamy, the 2013 recipient in the category classical music - orchestral instrument. She will perform on February 11, 2015 as part of the "Youth and Pros" program.

The recipients of the 2014 Developing Artist Grants are:

Antonin Cuerrier of Montréal receives the classical music grant for orchestral instrument. The 21 year old clarinetist will be studying at the Conservatoire de Musique de Montréal where he begins the final year of Bachelor of Music degree this autumn.

Meagan Milatz of Weyburn, Saskatchewan is awarded the classical music grant for piano. She begins the third year of a Bachelor of Music degree at the Schulich School of Music of McGill University this September.

Ewen Farncombe of Toronto is the winner of the Oscar Peterson Grant for Jazz Performance. The promising young pianist continues his studies in the Bachelor of Music program at Humber College this fall.

Caroline Gélinas receives the graduate grant for classical vocal performance. The young singer continues her Masters program at the Conservatoire de Musique de Montréal.

David Bouchard of Québec City is the winner of the grant for acting - French theatre. He is enrolled at the Conservatoire d'art dramatique de Québec. The French theatre acting grant is funded by CIBC.

Ghazal Azarbad of Vancouver receives the grant for acting - English theatre. The 22 year old actor is entering her final year of studies in the Bachelor of Fine Arts Acting Program at the University of British Columbia. The English theatre acting grant is funded by CIBC.

Justin de Luna of Richmond Hill, Ontario, receives the award for contemporary dance. Justin is studying in Performance Dance at the Ryerson Theatre School in Toronto.

Andrew Swan Greer of London, Ontario, also receives a grant in contemporary dance. He is entering his fourth year of studies at the School of Toronto Dance Theatre.

This year, there were no successful candidates in the ballet category. Instead, the foundation awarded two grants in contemporary dance.


Gerda Hnatyshyn, C.C., President of The Hnatyshyn Foundation, announced the recipients of the 2014 Visual Arts Awards. The $25,000 prize for outstanding achievement by a Canadian mid-career artist is awarded to Kent Monkman of Toronto, while the winner of the $15,000 award for curatorial excellence in contemporary art is Daina Augaitis, Chief Curator and Associate Director of the Vancouver Art Gallery. Since 2006, the Foundation has awarded a total of $345,000 in support of Canadian mid-career artists and curators.

Award for Outstanding Achievement as an Artist

Kent Monkman is an artist of Cree ancestry who works in a variety of media including painting, film/video, performance and installation. Monkman has exhibited widely within Canada, and is well represented in numerous private and public collections including the National Gallery of Canada, the Art Gallery of Ontario, and the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. He is represented by Sargent's Daughters in New York, Trepanier Baer Gallery in Calgary, and Pierre-François Ouellette art contemporain in Montreal.

Award for Curatorial Excellence in Contemporary Art

Daina Augaitis has been the chief curator/associate director at the Vancouver Art Gallery since 1996, where she plays a key role in shaping the museum's exhibition program and building its collections. In the last decade Augaitis has organized solo exhibitions of artists such as Rebecca Belmore, Stan Douglas, Brian Jungen, Song Dong, Ian Wallace, Gillian Wearing, Paul Wong, and Yang Fudong, and thematic exhibitions that have featured socially based works. She was formerly director of the Visual Arts Program at the Banff Centre for the Arts, where she organized residencies for artists and curators, and has held curatorial positions at the Walter Phillips Gallery, Western Front, Convertible Showroom, and Franklin Furnace. Augaitis recently curated the exhibition Muntadas: Entre/Between at the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid, Spain, touring to Gulbenkian Museum, Lisbon, Portugal, and Jeu de Paume, Paris, France.

The Hnatyshyn Foundation offers its sincere congratulations to this year's recipients.

The Hnatyshyn Foundation would also like to thank the adjudicators of the 2014 awards for their generous assistance.

Lisa Baldissera - Chief Curator, Mendel Gallery

Robert Enright - Cultural journalist, writer and lecturer

Jenifer Papararo - Curator, Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver

Eric Walker - Painter and video artist

Sarah Watson - General and Artistic Director, Artexte


The Hnatyshyn Foundation announced the 2014 recipients of The Charles Pachter Prize for Emerging Canadian Artists. 2014 marks the third and final year of the $5,000 prizes initiated by senior visual artist and historian Charles Pachter and intended to "nurture emerging talent" in the visual arts in Canada. Starting next year for a period of three years, the prizes will be renamed the William and Meredith Saunderson Prizes for Emerging Canadian Artists.

In recognition of Charles Pachter's contribution, Gerda Hnatyshyn, C.C., President of The Hnatyshyn Foundation, said: "We would like to express our gratitude to Charles Pachter for initiating this very important prize program and for fostering the development of young Canadian artists. We would also like to thank William and Meredith Saunderson for their generous support, which will make it possible to continue the annual prizes through 2017."

The winners of this year's awards were chosen by Marie-Josée Jean, 2013 recipient of the Hnatyshyn Award for Curatorial Excellence. Ms. Jean is a teacher, curator and the executive and artistic director of VOX, centre de l'image contemporaine in Montréal.

Sara Cwynar lives and works in Brooklyn, N.Y., and has a B.A. in Design from York University in Toronto. Working sometimes in a studio setting, using collage, assemblage and rephotography, she creates photographic tableaus and sculptural constructions using found objects and images. Her work contains implicit references to a commercial aesthetic, to the history of photographic techniques, and to art history. These are reminders to us that the stories behind familiar images constitute, to a certain extent, the visual framework of a collective consciousness. Yet this narrative is often disrupted by successive, almost baroque, manipulations, revealing some of the aesthetic strategies that guided their initial development. Sara Cwynar's work has been featured in both solo and group exhibitions at venues that include the Cooper Cole Gallery in Toronto, the Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery and the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, the Dallas Museum of Art, and the Foam Photography Museum in Amsterdam. She is represented by the Cooper Cole Gallery in Toronto, and Foxy Production in New York City.

Mathieu Grenier lives and works in Montréal, and has a B.A. in Visual and Media Arts from the Université du Québec à Montréal. Through a practice that involves installation - generally produced in situ - and photography, he explores the relationships between the artist and creative work, and between the viewer, the work and an exhibition context. Sometimes referential in nature, sometimes humorous, his work draws upon memory to piece together a certain story for the works and their interactions. His works, developed with great attention to detail, suggest a "shift from the devices behind the work to the work itself as device." Mathieu Grenier's work has appeared in group exhibitions in Montréal at Les Territoires gallery, Trois Points gallery, Espace Cercle Carré, and the Galerie de l'UQAM, as well as at the Musée régional de Rimouski. In 2015, his work will be featured in solo exhibitions at Arprim in Montréal and at Lobe in Chicoutimi.

Erdem Taşdelen grew up in Switzerland, Germany and Turkey before settling in Vancouver, where he earned an M.A. in Visual Arts from the Emily Carr University of Art and Design. His multidisciplinary practice involves a variety of mediums, such as installation, drawing, sculpture, video, sound and the artist's book. He uses text and language in various forms - graphophonology, psychotherapy, repetition, resolution, etc. - to conduct subtle enquiries into subjectivity and its representation. His various projects, characterized by a mordant humour, also involve him in a reflective process that brings self-expression into question within the context of culturally learned behaviours. Erdem Taşdelen's work has been featured in solo and group exhibitions at Galeri NON, ARTER and the Sanatorium Gallery in Istanbul; at MAK - Museum of Applied Arts, Vienna; at the Kunstverein Hannover in Hanover, Germany; at the Republic Gallery, Western Front, 221A, and the Charles H. Scott Gallery in Vancouver; and at Oakville Galleries in Toronto. He is represented by Galeri NON in Istanbul.

The Hnatyshyn Foundation offers its sincere congratulations to this year's recipients.


Emerging curators Kari Cwynar of Toronto and Darryn Doull of Sarnia, Ontario are the recipients of the inaugural Hnatyshyn Foundation - Fogo Island Arts Young Curator Residency. The curatorial residency, valued at $15,000 is the first of its kind in Canada and will see a young curator between the ages of 25 and 30 selected to conduct a one-month residency each year.

The new program provides an opportunity for young Canadian curators to work in residence at Fogo Island Arts, a contemporary art venue on Fogo Island, Newfoundland. During the residency, the curators will work closely with Fogo Island Arts staff, international artists-in-residence and members of the community, and contribute to exhibitions and publications curated by Fogo Island Arts. The residencies will take place in the fall of 2014 and the winter of 2015. A third residency will be awarded in 2016. The residency program targets young curators who have the determination and talent to contribute to the legacy of art in Canada. Candidates are selected based on their body of work and their ability to work both independently and as part of a team. The selections were adjudicated by Nicolaus Schafhausen, Curator and Special Advisor to Fogo Island Arts and the Shorefast Foundation, and Director of Kunsthalle Wien, and Reesa Greenberg, an art and exhibition historian and museum consultant based in Ottawa.

"It is extremely important for emerging curators to gain visibility for their work in an international context, and to create a career within an international network. Fogo Island Arts and the initiatives of the Shorefast Foundation are the perfect venues for developing the careers of young curators. We very much look forward to working with Kari Cwynar and Darryn Doull."

-- Nicolaus Schafhausen

Kari Cwynar is from Vancouver and works in Toronto. She is Director at Kunstverein Toronto, and has held positions as a curatorial researcher at the Art Gallery of Ontario and the Banff Centre. She also works as an international correspondent for Metropolis M magazine, Utrecht. Kari holds an MA in art history from Carleton University and a BA in art history from Queens University. She has also studied at Independent Curators International in New York, and in the de Appel curatorial programme in Amsterdam.

Darryn Doull is a curator, musician, artist, and gardener currently based in Sarnia, Ontario. He was part of the curatorial team that managed the transformation of the Judith & Norman Alix Art Gallery, moving to a historically significant purpose-built facility in 2012. Recent curatorial credits of contemporary and historical art exhibitions include: James Kirkpatrick: Sculpting Sound (2013); Making Methods: Mark Stebbins, Samantha Mogelonsky, Becky Ip (2013-14, with Linda Jansma); It Isn't Either Or: The 70s in Ontario (2013); and Ron Martin: Activating Absence (2014). Writings have been included in the monograph Adad Hannah: The Diversions (2012), in exhibition materials for Andreas Rutkauskas: Petrolia (2013), and numerous other exhibition publications. Darryn graduated with distinction from the Studio Art program at the University of Guelph in 2010.


The $10,000 annual award for Emerging Curator of Contemporary Canadian Art will be announced later in the fall of 2014. Deadline for nominations is November 6. Submissions can be made online at

About The Hnatyshyn Foundation

The Hnatyshyn Foundation is a private charity established by the late Right Honourable Ramon John Hnatyshyn, Canada's twenty-fourth Governor General, to assist emerging and established artists in all disciplines with their schooling and training, and promote to the Canadian public the importance of the arts in our society. Its programs are funded by donations from government, foundations, corporations and individuals. The Department of Canadian Heritage has provided $5 million in grants to assist the Foundation.

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