Governor General of Canada

Governor General of Canada

March 19, 2013 14:44 ET

Media Advisory: Presentation of the Governor General's Awards in Visual and Media Arts at Rideau Hall

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 19, 2013) - On behalf of His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, the Right Honourable Beverley McLachlin, Chief Justice of Canada, will present the 2013 Governor General's Awards in Visual and Media Arts, during a ceremony at Rideau Hall, on Wednesday, March 20, 2013, at 6 p.m.

The Governor General's Awards in Visual and Media Arts are Canada's foremost awards for excellence in these artistic disciplines. The prizes are awarded annually to visual and media artists for distinguished career achievement in visual arts, architecture, independent film and video, or audio and new media. The awards also include the Saidye Bronfman Award for excellence in the fine crafts, as well as a prize for outstanding contributions to the visual and/or media arts in a volunteer or professional capacity. Each laureate receives $25,000 and a bronze medallion.

The following laureates will be honoured this year:

  • Marcel Barbeau, painter and sculptor

  • Rebecca Bellmore, visual artist

  • William D. MacGillivray, filmmaker and director

  • Gordon Monahan, sound artist and composer

  • Greg Payce, artist-potter (Saidye Bronfman Award)

  • Chantal Pontbriand, exhibitions and events curator, art critic (Outstanding Contribution)

  • Colette Whiten, sculpture installations artist

The prizes are funded, administered and promoted by the Canada Council for the Arts. For more information on the Governor General's Awards in Visual and Media Arts and on this year's laureates, please visit

Media wishing to cover this event are asked to confirm their attendance with the Rideau Hall Press Office, and must arrive at the Princess Anne Entrance no later than 5:45 p.m. on the day of the ceremony.

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