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Drawing 2014: Award Recipients

Drawing 2014 opened at Toronto's John B. Aird Gallery on Thursday evening to a packed house. Over 150 people were in attendance to take in the Drawing 2014 awards ceremony and celebrate with the 27 artists who were accepted into this 15th Annual Juried Exhibition.

This year 72 artists responded to the Drawing 2014 Call For Entry, submitting 137 drawings for consideration by two jurors. The two jurors who selected the 33 works in the exhibition were Ed Pien and Dale Barrett. Ed Pien is one of Canada’s foremost contemporary artists. His drawings, paper cut-outs and installations are exhibited nationally and internationally. Dale Barrett has served as Director of the John B. Aird Gallery since 1998. He has been curating and coordinating exhibitions in the Public Art Gallery sector for over 30 years.

The tone of Drawing 2014 changes every year. No single theme or trait is ever dominant. In fact, visitors have often commented that what they love about this exhibition is that it celebrates the diversity and vitality of drawing, showcasing a range of processes, styles, materials and conceptual approaches. As jurors, Ed and Dale were receptive to works that negotiate the boundaries of what constitutes drawing, and they hope their choices further discussion and enjoyment of this vital and engaging artistic practice.

Works by the following artists were selected for the exhibition: Angela Aitken, Ivo Arnaudov, Susan Avishai, Jim Balzan, Pat Bond, Amanda Burk, Linda Chen, Nomi Drory, Erin Finley, Heidrun Gabel-Koepff, Phyllis Gordon, Jacquie Green, Toni Hamel, Jessica Hein, Brynn Higgins-Stirup, Jennifer Hinrichs, Lumir Hladik, Mary Kainer, Pegi Kosa, Jeanette Luchese, Gavin MacDougall, Robert Quance, Lauren Satok, Tai Selbach, Winnie Truong, Olex Wlasenko, David Woodward.

Five awards were announced and handed out at the opening. First Prize was awarded to Toronto artist Mary Kainer for her mixed media drawings, Frack I and Frack II. The Second Prize was awarded to Toronto artist Lumir Hladik for two works, a mixed media drawing entitled Vertical When Wet, and a mixed media drawing object entitled Avoid My Den. Third Prize went to Amanda Burk of North Bay for her large scale graphite on paper drawing Quiescence. Two Honorable Mentions were awarded in the form of gift certificates from Curry's Art Supplies. Susan Avishai received an Honorable Mention for two works constructed of shirt fabric and wire entitled Gyre and Gimble and He's Come Undone. A second Honorable Mention was awarded to Jeanette Luchese for a mixed media drawing entitled Life's a blur, then you focus.

Drawing 2014 is on view until Friday, February 28.
Gallery Hours: Monday to Friday, 10 am - 6 pm
Location: 900 Bay Street, Macdonald Block, Toronto, ON M4Y 1N4

Contact Dale Barrett for additional information:

1st Prize:  Mary Kainer

Mary Kainer  Frack I diptych 2

Mary Kainer  Frack II diptych

2nd Prize: Lumir Hladik

Lumir Hladik  Drawing  Diorama  Vertical When Wet

Lumir Hladik  Avoid My Den

3rd Prize: Amanda Burk

Amanda Burk  Quiescence

Curry's Art Supplies Award: Susan Avishai

Susan Avishai  Gyre and Gimble

Curry's Art Supplies Award: Jeanette Luchese

Jeanette Luchese  Life's a blur then you focus


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