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Artist Rosalie Favell Receives Paul de Hueck and Norman Walford Career Achievement Award

Toronto, October 19, 2017- Rosalie Favell is the 2017 recipient of the $30,000 Paul de Hueck and Norman Walford Career Achievement Award for Art Photography. The award recognizes outstanding achievement in the field of art photography, and was presented today at OCADU and the Art Gallery of Ontario's conference Entangled Gaze: Indigenous and European Views of Each Other where Favell is a featured speaker.

Rosalie Favell is a photo-based artist, born in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Drawing inspiration from her family history and Métis (Cree/English) heritage, she uses a variety of sources, from family albums to popular culture, to present a complex self-portrait of her experiences as a contemporary aboriginal woman.

Her work has appeared in exhibitions in Canada, the US, Edinburgh, Scotland, Paris, France and Taipei, Taiwan. Numerous institutions have acquired her artwork including: National Gallery of Canada (Ottawa), Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian (Washington, D.C.), and Rockwell Museum of Western Art (Corning, New York). She has received numerous grants, and won prestigious awards such as the Chalmers Arts Fellowship, the Victor Martyn Lynch-Staunten Award and the Karsh Award.

A graduate of Ryerson Polytechnic Institute, Rosalie holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of New Mexico. She is a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts. She has studied and taught extensively at the post-graduate level. She has worked with grassroots organizations in Winnipeg, Inuit educational groups in Ottawa and Nepalese women’s groups in Katmandu. In Ottawa Rosalie has taught at Carleton University, the University of Ottawa and Discovery University.

Favell was selected by a jury comprising Lise Beaudry, photographer (Toronto, ON); Scott Benesiinaabandan, photographer (Montreal, QC), and Michelle Jacques curator (Victoria, BC). The jury was unanimous in their praise of Favell, stating “Rosalie creates compelling and beautiful works of art. She offers counter-stories that write Indigenous peoples into visual culture – perhaps in reaction to their absence in mainstream culture. Rosalie’s strength is evident in her generousity towards her students and community, which has created an important impact on the next generation of artists.”

The Paul de Hueck and Norman Walford Career Achievement 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 is responsible for the nomination and selection process. 

Previous award winners include Jeff Wall (2000), Raymonde April (2005), Larry Towell (2011) and Moyra Davey (2015).


For more information, please contact:

Alan Walker
Executive Director, Ontario Arts Foundation
Tel: (416) 969-7413


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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2017 Elizabeth L. Gordon Art Program Grants Announced

Toronto, October 17, 2017 - The Ontario Arts Foundation and The Gordon Foundation are pleased to announce the 2017 grants from the Elizabeth L. Gordon Art Program:

Acquisition Grants  
Doris McCarthy Gallery, Toronto

Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery, Kitchener

Thames Art Gallery, Chatham

Thunder Bay Art Gallery, Thunder Bay

Development Grants

Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Kingston

Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Oshawa

Textile Museum of Canada, Toronto

Woodstock Art Gallery, Woodstock

“Now in its fourth year, the Elizabeth L. Gordon Art Program continues to support art galleries and museums in Ontario by deepening their permanent collections through new acquisitions and projects that develop stronger relationships within their communities,” says Alan Walker, Executive Director of the Ontario Arts Foundation.  “The Program recognizes the importance of providing a resource to support visual art appreciation.”

Acquisition grants are matching grants for private donations raised by public galleries and museums for the acquisition of Canadian works of art for their permanent collection. Development grants support initiatives that increase the public’s knowledge of collecting or a gallery or museum’s permanent collection, and help make a gallery or museum’s permanent collection more accessible to the public.

The grant decisions were made by an Ontario Arts Council jury made up of arts professionals with broad knowledge and experience of public gallery activities in Ontario. The 2017 jury members were Barbara Fischer (Toronto) public gallery director and curator, currently at the Art Museum at the University of Toronto; Heather Campbell (Ottawa) curator, Inuit art consultant, visual artist and administrator at the National Gallery of Canada; and Stuart Reid (Annan) visual curator, former public art gallery director at the Rodman Hall Art Centre and the Tom Thomson Art Gallery.

The Elizabeth L. Gordon Art Program aims to foster a broader appreciation of Canadian visual art and artists by assisting public art galleries and museums in Ontario to grow their permanent collections, and support community engagement between a gallery or museum and its local community.

For information, please contact:
Alan Walker, Executive Director

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 out over $3.2 million in endowment income and $325,000 in awards and scholarships.

The Gordon Foundation is a private, philanthropic foundation based in Toronto. The Foundation undertakes research, leadership development and public dialogue so that public policies in Canada reflect a commitment to collaborative stewardship of our freshwater resources and to a people-driven, equitable and evolving North. Over the past quarter century the Gordon Foundation has invested over $27 million in a wide variety of Northern community initiatives and freshwater protection initiatives.


About Elizabeth L. Gordon
Elizabeth L. Gordon, a founder of The Gordon Foundation, held a lifelong interest in art, history, and culture. For many years, she volunteered regularly with the Art Gallery of Toronto (now the Art Gallery of Ontario), taking great interest in stimulating Gallery membership. Through The Gordon Foundation, Elizabeth Gordon encouraged emerging art galleries and museums across Ontario by providing grants to enable them to purchase original works of art. To honour her, the Foundation established the Elizabeth L. Gordon Art Program, providing an enduring memory of Mrs. Gordon’s patronage and appreciation of Canadian art.

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Call for Nominations for the seventh annual Gina Wilkinson $5,000 Prize

Toronto, ON, October 11, 2017 — Nominations for the seventh annual Gina Wilkinson Prize (Gina's Prize) will be accepted starting October 15, 2017. Established in memory of director Gina Wilkinson, who was a beloved actor and director across the country, the prize is intended to recognize an experienced female theatre artist transitioning from one theatre discipline into the discipline of theatre direction.  The annual prize pays tribute to Gina and her unyielding dedication, vision and indomitable spirit that imbued her work and her life.  The recipient will be chosen from nominations brought forward by members of the Canadian theatre community.  This year's nomination deadline is December 15, 2017 with the award recipient announced on March 10, 2018

An actor for over twenty years, Gina began turning her attention to both writing and directing, and in the last few years of her too-short life established herself as a daring, strong, inventive and important director and collaborator in the Canadian theatre community.  Shortly after Gina died in December 2010, a fund was established to benefit female theatre directors.  The Gina Wilkinson Prize was made possible due to the generous support of over 200 people from across Canada.  In addition, a substantial gift was made to the fund in 2014 by the beneficiaries of the Estate of Elsie V. Adamson, a long-time friend and client of Martin Wilkinson, Gina's brother.  In the spirit of Gina's generousity and appetite for life, the prize is a gift to be used in any way the recipient chooses. 

Previous winners of the Gina Wilkinson Prize include: Ann-Marie Kerr of Halifax (2012), Krista Jackson of Winnipeg (2013) Christine Brubaker of Toronto (2014), Valerie Planche of Calgary (2015), Kelli Fox of Toronto (2016), and Kimberley Rampersad of Winnipeg (2017).

The Gina Wilkinson Prize Fund is administered by the Ontario Arts Foundation. Anyone wishing to donate to the fund may do so here.

Award and Nomination Process


For more information:

Tom Rooney

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


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