CLIENT AWARD: Mi’kmaq artist Ursula Johnson wins this year’s Sobey Award
Congratulations to yet another client who is a well deserving award winner! Within days of the news of Rosalie Favell’s Ontario Arts Foundation award it was announced that Ursula Johnson won the 2017 Sobey Award. Ursula’s work combines “a multitude of elements in order to encourage dialogue between the viewers and the work, frequently challenging the viewers to explore” the themes of “ideas, identity, ancestry and cultural practice.” (www.ursulajohnson.ca) Her performances are labour intensive producing work that is as meticulous in its final rendering as it is in its process. (View Mixed Bag Mag 2014 review of Making Otherwise: Craft and Material Fluency in Contemporary Art)
From the National Gallery of Canada:
The Sobey Art Award is the pre-eminent prize for Canadian artists 40 and under. Presented annually, the award celebrates some of our country’s most exciting young artists and provides significant financial recognition…
…Since its inception in 2001, the Sobey Art Award has had an undeniable impact on the careers of young Canadian contemporary artists. Within little more than a decade, the Sobey Art Award and its attendant publicity have also boosted mainstream awareness and acceptance of contemporary art in this country.
Once again congratulations to Ursula on this important acknowledgement of your work as an emerging Indigenous artist!
Above Image: Leah Snyder for Ursula Johnson (view more from this series)