2009 Sobey Art Award Winner Announced – David Altmejd to Receive $50,000 Award
HALIFAX, Oct. 15 /CNW/ – The Curatorial Panel of the 2009 Sobey Art Award announced today, during a gala event at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia in Halifax, that David Altmejd, representing Quebec, has been selected to receive the 2009 Sobey Art Award.
Altmejd was chosen from a shortlist of 5 Canadian artists, including: for the Prairies and The North: Marcel Dzama; for Ontario: Shary Boyle; and for the Atlantic: Graeme Patterson.
The curatorial panel stated: “After spirited discussion the curatorial committee unanimously selected David Altmejd as the 2009 Sobey Art Award Winner. His singular vision is overwhelmingly present to the jury. Altmejd’s sculpture represents the pursuit of metamorphosis and mutation as a means of releasing energy.”
Altmejd’s piece, “The Settler”, is featured with selected work from the shortlisted artists in an exhibition hosted by the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, running from September 5 to November 5 of 2009.
ABOUT THE SOBEY ART AWARD
The Sobey Art Award, Canada’s preeminent award for contemporary Canadian art, was created in 2002 by the Sobey Art Foundation. It is an annual prize given to an artist under 40 who has exhibited in a public or commercial art gallery within 18 months of being nominated. A total of $70,000 in prize money is awarded annually; $50,000 to the winner and $5,000 to the other four finalists. Since its inception, the Sobey Art Award and accompanying exhibition have been organized and administered by the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia.