PRESS RELEASE APRIL 14, 2016
TORONTO FRIENDS OF THE VISUAL ARTS ANNOUNCES THE 2016 AWARDS
FOUNDERS ACHIEVEMENT AWARD $10,000
MIAI SUTNIK’S distinguished career as curator of photography at the Art Gallery of Ontario commenced in 1979 when she developed the photography program that now numbers over 60,000 items of historical significance. The AGO has recognized her contribution by naming her its first Curator, Emeritus, Photography. Miai is currently adjunct professor at Ryerson University.
ARTIST PRIZE $15,000
vsvsvs, a seven person collective based out of a warehouse in Toronto’s portlands. Their members are Wallis Cheung, Ryan Clayton, Anthony Cooper, James Gardner, Stephen McLeod, Laura Simon and Miles Stemp. Formed in 2010, vsvsvs’ activities encompass collective art making, a residency program, a formal exhibition space and individual studio practice. www.vsvsvs.org
FINALIST ARTIST PRIZE $5000 each
ERIKA DeFREITAS, a Toronto-based multidisciplinary conceptual artist. She explores the influence of language, loss and culture on the formation of identity through public intervention, textile-based works and performative actions that are photographed, placing an emphasis on process, gesture and documentation. www.erikadefreitas.com
BRIDGET MOSER, a Toronto-based performance and video artist whose work is suspended between prop comedy, experimental theatre, performance art, absurd literature, existential anxiety and intuitive dance. www.bridgetmoser.com
PROJECT SUPPORT $5000 each
ZUN LEE, a photographic artist for his exhibition Fade Resistance, a collection of thousands of Polaroid photographs depicting vibrant black family life. Lee is working toward an interactive digital archive of these photographs. www.zunlee.com
SHOWROOM, the inaugural exhibition at the newly named ART MUSEUM at UNIVERSITY of TORONTO, includes among others, works of several past awardees of the TFVA Artist Prize.
CHROMA LIVES, an exhibition and research project by researcher Erin Alexa Freedman and artist Lili Huston-Herterich, creating a “living archive” of the 1983 exhibition Chromaliving. Calling attention to the individuals behind the furnishings of Chromaliving and the subsequent generations of artists who work(ed) in this vein. www.lilihustonherterich.com
PROJECT SUPPORT $20,000
VTAPE, the TFVA support will assist in the ambitious renovation of the fourth floor space at 401 Richmond St. to create a 7400 sq. ft. climate controlled, barrier-free arts space. At its heart will be a newly built Media-Arts Research and Exhibition common. http://www.vtape.org/
TFVA has now given $555,000 to the GTA arts community since its inception in 1998.