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2015 Winners Announced - K. M. Hunter Artist Awards Celebrate 20 Years

Toronto, April 20, 2015 – The winners of the 2015 K.M. Hunter Artist Awards were announced today.The six winners will be honoured by the K.M. Hunter Charitable Foundation at an event at the Gladstone event at the Gladstone Hotel later in June. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the K.M. Hunter Artist Awards.

A prize of $8,000 was awarded in each of six arts disciplines to:

Dance   Linnea Swan, Toronto
Literature        Kevin Connolly, Toronto
Media Arts   Maria-Saroja Ponnambalam, Toronto
Music   Kevin Chief, Orléans
Theatre   Kate Story, Peterborough
Visual Arts   Barry Ace, Ottawa

  

The annual awards are given to Ontario residents to support mid-career, professional artists who have a reasonable body of work, a fair degree of public exposure, have made an impact in their chosen field and demonstrate an original artistic voice within their artistic tradition.  The awards are a means of encouraging their craft and propelling them to the next level.

“We continue to be impressed at the calibre of artists our awards attract and wish all the winners this year continued success in the pursuit of their work,” says Sarah and Martin Hunter. “We are proud to have you included in our growing family of amazing artists who have received these awards over the last 20 years.” 

Since the awards were created in 1995, 121 artists have received awards totaling $844,500.

The Ontario Arts Council (OAC) Awards Office administers the nomination process for the K. M. Hunter Artist Awards.  OAC juries nominate candidates from OAC project grant programs that accept applications from professional artists in each of the Award categories.  The K. M. Hunter Charitable Foundation convenes six juries to select the winners of the awards.  The awards are financed by a gift from the K.M. Hunter Charitable Foundation to the  Ontario Arts Foundation.

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For more information, please contact:

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

 

The K.M. Hunter Charitable Foundation is committed to supporting organizations in Social Services, the Arts, the LGBTQ community, homeless and disadvantaged youth, Aboriginal voices, Women, and Environmental Issues. 

For more than 50 years, the Ontario Arts Council has played a vital role in promoting and assisting the development of the arts for the enjoyment and benefit of Ontarians. In 2013-2014, OAC funded 1,737 individual artists and 1,095 organizations in 223 Ontario communities, for a total of $52.1 million.

Ontario Arts Foundation(OAF) is passionately committed to building long-term support for the arts in Ontario. In 2014-2015, the OAF paid over $2.8 million in endowment income and $275,000 in awards and scholarships."

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