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Art Photographer Raymonde April Receives $35,000 Award

Toronto, November 29, 2005 –Montréal based photographer Raymonde April is the 2005 recipient of the $35,000 Paul de Hueck and Norman Walford Career Achievement Award for Art Photography

Raymonde April's photographic work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally.  Currently Aires de migration  with French photographer/ video artist MichËle Waquant is showing at Montréal's VOX Centre de l'image contemporaine. Her previous solo shows include Tout embrasser at Concordia University's Leonard and Bina Ellen Gallery and Raymonde April: bifurcations, at the Centre culturel Yvonne L. Bombardier in 2004-2005.   Les fleuves invisibles, originated with the Musée d'art de Joliette in 1997 and toured in Canada and France until 2000. Raymonde April was awarded the Paul-…mile Borduas prize in 2003, and lives in Montréal, where she has been teaching photography at ConcordiaUniversity since 1985.

Raymonde April has contributed significantly to the evolution of photography in Canada.   Her work centres around notions of autobiography, narrative and document. In her large-scale streams of images, she devises a patient play on permutations, a visual prose dominated by the principles of recurrence and discontinuity.

The de Hueck/Walford Award was established at the Ontario Arts Foundation  by the late Norman Walford, former Executive Director of the Ontario Arts Council, and the late Paul de Hueck, former CBC television production manager.  The Ontario Arts Council administered the selection process working with jurors Robert Enright, critic and professor of Art Criticism at the University of Guelph, Martha Hanna, Director of the Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography, and Vancouver photographer Jeff Wall, the winner of the 2003 de Hueck/Walford Award.

The Ontario Arts Foundation manages the endowment that funds the de Hueck/Walford Award.  Established in 1991 as a public charitable foundation, the Foundation holds over 270 endowments totalling more than $43 million and pays out over $2 million annually in support of the arts.

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For further information, please contact:
Janet Stubbs
Director, Ontario Arts Foundation
416 969 7413
jstubbs@arts.on.ca

 

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