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Daniel Hutchinson Receives the 2018 Laura Ciruls Painting Award

Toronto – February 12, 2018 – Hamilton artist, Daniel Hutchinson is the 2018 recipient of the Laura Ciruls Painting Award. The $5,000 award is given annually to recognize an Ontario based mid-career painter.

Palm Reader, 2018, oil on gouache on canvas over panel

Daniel Hutchinson received his BFA from the Emily Carr Institute in Vancouver and his MFA from NSCAD University in Halifax. He has mounted solo shows at YYZ ArtistsOutlet (Toronto) and Saint Marys University Art Gallery (Halifax), and was featured in the national survey The Painting Project: A Snapshot of Canadian Painting at LUniversité du Québec à Montréal, and More Than Two (Let It Make Itself) at The Power Plant (Toronto).

Accolades include two-time semi-finalist in the RBC Canadian Painting Competition, the Brucebo Foundation Residency (Sweden) and project grants from the Ontario Arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts. Hutchinson teaches painting and drawing at OCAD University and the University of Guelph. Hutchinsons exhibition Tin Vision can currently be seen at Angell Gallery in Toronto.

Hutchinson was selected by a jury of visual artists comprising Jason Baerg (Toronto), Christian Bernard Singer (Georgian Bluffs), Erika DeFreitas (Toronto), Jamelie Hassan (London), and Gavin Lynch (Wakefield, QC). The jury members were enthusiastic and unanimous in their selection and stated, Hutchinsons works are making real contributions to painting in Canada. They are about the process of painting, focusing on the physical consideration of light and pushing our understanding of the medium. Hutchinson is continually exploring, never satisfied with his accomplishments and hungry for more discovery. In addition, he is an active member of his community and is adding to the impact of his work through his work as a teacher.

The Laura Ciruls Painting Award was established by Laura Ciruls, a professional graphic and web designer, as well as an acrylic and watercolour painter. Through a bequest, Laura set up the Laura Ciruls Painting Award, to recognize artists like herself, who were contributing to the development of painting in Ontario. The Ontario Arts Foundation manages the endowment that funds the award. The Ontario Arts Council administers the nomination and adjudication process. Previous recipients of the Laura Ciruls Painting Award include: Dorian FitzGerald (2017), Steven Volpe (2016), Sasha Pierce (2015), Melissa Doherty (2014), Andrew Rucklidge (2013), and Jinny Yu (2012).

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 For more information, please contact:

Alan Walker
Executive Director, Ontario Arts Foundation
Tel: (416) 969-7413
awalker@arts.on.ca

 Established in 1991, the Ontario Arts Foundation (OAF) is passionately committed to building long-term support for the arts in Ontario. In 2016-2017, the OAF paid over $3.2 million in endowment income and $325,000 in awards and scholarships.

For more than 50 years, the Ontario Arts Council (OAC) has played a vital role in promoting and assisting the development of the arts for the enjoyment and benefit of Ontarians. In 2016-2017 the  OAC funded 1,657 individual artists and 1,098 organizations in 212 communities across Ontario for a total of $50.8 million.

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YAO Receives the Ontario Arts Foundation Artist Educator Award

Toronto, January 15, 2018 – Yaovi Hoyi (YAO) is the recipient of the $10,000 Ontario Arts Foundation Artist Educator Award. The award is given annually to an Ontario resident who exemplifies excellence in arts education, demonstrates a unique approach to their arts education practice, creates meaningful learning experiences for young people, inspires connections to the arts beyond the classroom and continues to maintain an active arts practice.

Based in Ottawa, YAO is a Franco-Ontarian artist of Togolese descent, born in the Ivory Coast, who succeeds in differentiating himself through a soft blend of spoken words, soul, pop and funk, thus bringing a new flavour to French urban music.

Since 2009, Yao has been giving writing workshops in schools across the province and country, working with students from Grade 5 to Grade 12. He also takes part in “Jamais Trop Tôt”, a program stemming from a collaboration between le Réseau national des Galas de la chanson (RNGC), le Festival international de la chanson de Granby (FICG) and more than forty collaborators across Canada. Through this program, Canadian Francophone students aged 14 to 17 are invited to compose lyrics for a song with the assistance of a professional artist.

YAO is an avid promoter of cultural diversity and the pursuit of knowledge. He is a troubadour spreading the values and ideals of courtly society, seeking simply to gain freedom through culture, especially literature and music.

YAO was selected as the winner from an outstanding group of nominees. This year’s jury consisted of Elizabeth Buset, artist educator, visual arts (Thunder Bay), Katia Café-Fébrissy, artist educator, media artist, literary artist (Toronto), and Rhonda Doxtator, artist educator and dancer (Ottawa). The jury was unanimous in their choice and stated, “Yaovi Hoyi is a tremendously experienced artist and educator who has clearly identified his role in the community and how he can contribute. Having been inspired by his own experience with educators, YAO validates his learners’ work, encourages self-expression and exposes them to life-changing opportunities. His passion and love for arts education are crystal clear and result in meaningful, life-long impact on the learners.”

The Ontario Arts Foundation established and manages the endowment that funds the Artist Educator Award. The Ontario Arts Council administers the nomination and the adjudication process for the award. OAC juries nominate artists from the list of applicants to the current year’s Artists in Communities and Schools and Indigenous Artists in Communities and Schools programs. Previous recipients include Jamaal Rogers and Lorrie Gallant.

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 For more information, please contact:

Alan Walker
Executive Director, Ontario Arts Foundation
Tel: (416) 969-7413
awalker@arts.on.ca

 Established in 1991, the Ontario Arts Foundation (OAF) is passionately committed to building long-term support for the arts in Ontario. In 2016-2017, the OAF paid over $3.2 million in endowment income and $325,000 in awards and scholarships.

For more than 50 years, the Ontario Arts Council (OAC) has played a vital role in promoting and assisting the development of the arts for the enjoyment and benefit of Ontarians. In 2016-2017 the  OAC funded 1,657 individual artists and 1,098 organizations in 212 communities across Ontario for a total of $50.8 million.

 Ce document existe ègalement en français.

 

Tom Hearn Awarded the Tim Sims Encouragement Award

Toronto, November 21, 2017 - Tom Hearn is the 2017 recipient of the $2,500 Tim Sims Encouragement Award, awarded to a Conservatory Program graduate at the Second City Training Program.  Tom was presented the award Saturday, November 18th at Second City's "A Year in Revue - Conservatory Showcase".  The Tim Sims Encouragement Award honours a promising Canadian comedic performer who is in the early stages of their career.

Tom Hearn is a graduate of Mount Allison University (Bachelor of Arts, Drama) and has been performing improv and sketch comedy in Toronto for several years. As a producer and performer he has worked on shows including Bad Dog Theatre Company (featured player), The Pageant, Hookup, Kinsey Fail (founding member), Sketchy Show, and Sunday Night Live. He wrote, directed and starred in the web series Mama, and can be seen this holiday season in the Second City Holiday classic “Miracle on Mercer Street”. 

The Tim Sims Encouragement Fund was founded by Lindsay Leese and established in 1995 in the spirit and memory of Tim Sims, a well-known comedic performer, writer, director, and charity fund-raiser from Toronto. From 1996-2014, the Fund awarded prize money totaling $65,000 to young comedians in the early stages of their careers at the annual Cream of Comedy award show at Second City.   Beginning in 2015, the $2,500 award is given annually to a graduate of the Comedy Writing and Performance program at the Humber College, School of Creative and Performing Arts and to a Conservatory Program Graduate at the Second City Training Program.

List of Past Winners

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For more information, please contact:

Alan Walker
Executive Director, Ontario Arts Foundation
Tel: (416) 969-7413
awalker@arts.on.ca

 

Established in 1991, the Ontario Arts Foundation (OAF) is passionately committed to building long-term support for the arts in Ontario. In 2016-2017, the OAF paid over $3.2 million in endowment income and $325,000 in awards and scholarships.

 Ce document existe ègalement en français.

 

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