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2022 Elizabeth L. Gordon Art Program Grants Announced

Toronto, November 24, 2022 - The Ontario Arts Foundation and The Gordon Foundation are pleased to announce the 2022 grants from the Elizabeth L. Gordon Art Program:

Acquisition Grants

Art Gallery of Burlington, Burlington $15,000

Art Gallery of Hamilton, Hamilton $18,000

Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery, Waterloo $6,000

Doris McCarthy Gallery, University of Toronto, Scarborough $4,900

Ottawa Art Gallery, Ottawa $6,000

Thunder Bay Art Gallery, Thunder Bay $18,000

Woodstock Art Gallery, Woodstock  $2,200


Development Grants

Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Kingston $10,000

Art Gallery of York University, Toronto $7,000

Textile Museum of Canada, Toronto $7,900




Regalia Mukwa, by Michel Dumont, large-scale mosaic sculpture, to be acquired by the Thunder Bay Art Gallery

“The quality of the proposals received this year was very high,” states Bruce Bennett, Executive Director of the Ontario Arts Foundation.  “The Elizabeth L. Gordon Art Program provides much needed resources to support acquisitions for public gallery collections and provides payment for the artists they represent.  Community connections made through grants to development projects also continues to have real impact and value.”  

This year the program saw an increase in funds available, now doubling the total granting budget from $45,000 to $95,000 annually.  Since the Elizabeth L. Gordon Art Program was renewed in 2014 a total of $455,000 in grants have been made to public galleries and museums across Ontario.

Acquisition grants assist galleries and museums with 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 2022 jury members were Anong Beam (M'Chigeeng); Shirley Madill (Hamilton); and Yan Wu (Toronto).

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:
Bruce Bennett, Executive Director

416-969-7413 | bbennett@oafdn.ca

 

Established in 1991, the Ontario Arts Foundation (OAF) is passionately committed to building long-term support for the arts in Ontario. In 2021-2022, the OAF paid out over $4.4 million in endowment income and $300,000 in awards and scholarships.

The Gordon Foundation is a charitable organization dedicated to protecting Canada's water and empowering Canada's North. The Foundation seeks opportunities to amplify underrepresented voices, elevate emerging issues, and collaborate with like-minded organizations to drive powerful, sustainable outcomes.

 

About Elizabeth L. Gordon
Elizabeth L. Gordon
a founder of The Gordon Foundation, held a lifelong interest in art, history, and culture. Her passions, in addition to friends and family, included art, museums – for showing and sharing art – and the public value of good design.  Her contribution to The Gordon Foundation was to insist on grants for the arts. 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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Composer Afarin Mansouri is awarded the Kathleen McMorrow Music Award

Toronto, October 24, 2022 -  Afarin Mansouri (Toronto) is the recipient of this year’s $10,000 Kathleen McMorrow Music Award. The award recognizes the composition and presentation of contemporary classical music by Ontario composers. This award is in support of Mansouri’s new opera Zuleykha, which is sung in the Farsi language and features traditional Eastern music within the European operatic tradition.  The opera was commissioned by Loose Tea Music Theatre and premiered this past summer at the Toronto Summer Music Festival.  

About Afarin Mansouri

Dr. Afarin Mansouri is an award-winning composer and musicologist whose works have been performed in Canada, the United States, England, Iran, and South America. Afarin has collaborated with various organizations and festivals such as Seattle Opera, Canadian Opera Company, Tapestry Opera, Queen’s University, Willard Laurier University, Tirgan Festival, Toronto Nuit Blanche, and the YOU Dance program at the National Ballet of Canada.

In the past few years Afarin has devoted her compositional career to producing operas including, The Journey, Notes of Hope: Saffronic; Forbidden; Queen of Swords; Lullaby at the Shore; Morning Prayers, and more recently Zuleykha.  In September 2022, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra performed Afarin’s celebration prelude Mithra which was dedicated to the Iranian women who are fighting for their freedom.

Afarin received a PhD in music from York University in 2019 with her research focusing on the topic of children’s opera, its history, and effects on the development of intellectual skills. As an educator and researcher, Afarin has presented various research papers, lectures, and opera workshops on national and international level. She is the founder and director of Music Nest (www.musicnest.org) which has developed new methods of combining storytelling and music pedagogy.



Zuleykha Trailer, May 2021 at the Watershed Music Festival
opera by Afarin Mansouri, directed, filmed, and edited by Alaina Viau
Cultureland in partnership with Loose Tea Music Theatre


About the Award
The Kathleen McMorrow Music Award was established in 2015. Kathleen McMorrow headed the Music Library at the University of Toronto, Faculty of Music from 1974 to 2013. She established the award to recognize and encourage the composition and presentation of Canadian contemporary classical music.

The Ontario Arts Foundation manages the endowment that funds the award. The Ontario Arts Council is responsible for the selection process. The award recipient is selected from the applicants to the Ontario Arts Council Music Creation Projects program deadlines.

Previous award winners include Suad Bushnaq (2021), Parisa Sabet (2020), and Jordan Pal (2019).


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 For more information, please contact:

Bruce Bennett
Executive Director, Ontario Arts Foundation
Tel: (416) 969-7413
bbennett@oafdn.ca

 Established in 1991, the Ontario Arts Foundation (OAF) is passionately committed to building long-term support for the arts in Ontario. In 2021-2022, the OAF paid over $4.4 million in endowment income and $300,000 in awards and scholarships.

For more than 55 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 2021-2022 the Ontario Arts Council invested $56.4 million in 237 communities across Ontario through 2,665 grants to individual artists and 1,050 grants to organizations. 

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Artist Miguel Hernandez Autorino awarded the Laura Ciruls Painting Award

Toronto, October 11, 2022 - Miguel Hernandez Autorino (Peterborough) is this year’s recipient of the Laura Ciruls Painting Award.  The $7,000 award is given annually to recognize an Ontario based mid-career painter.

About Miguel Hernandez Autorino

Miguel Hernandez Autorino is a Venezuelan artist and designer who immigrated to Canada in 2014 and is now living in Peterborough. Miguel creates oil paintings, pencil drawings and murals. Miguel’s art is inspired by events and emotions that changed his life. He has participated in multiple juried shows. In the last year, Miguel has created multiple public pieces in downtown Peterborough, including at the Peterborough Regional Health Centre, and the New Canadians Centre. Miguel teaches one on one private lessons and drawing classes at the Art School of Peterborough. Miguel sits on the Board of Directors of the Art School of Peterborough as Co-chair and is an active volunteer in the community. @Autorino88jm 



About the Award

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 is responsible for the selection process. The award recipient is selected through the Ontario Arts Council’s peer assessment process from the applicants to one of the two annual Ontario Arts Council Visual Artists Creation Projects (Mid-career category) program deadlines.

Previous award winners include Roberto Rosenman (2021), Mike Gough (2020), and Alex Bierk (2019). See the full list of previous recipients.


Why I left, Oil on Canvas,  16” x 20” 2022


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 For more information, please contact:

Bruce Bennett
Executive Director, Ontario Arts Foundation
Tel: (416) 969-7413
bbennett@oafdn.ca

Established in 1991, the Ontario Arts Foundation (OAF) is passionately committed to building long-term support for the arts in Ontario. In 2021-2022, the OAF paid over $4.4 million in endowment income and $300,000 in awards and scholarships.

For more than 55 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 2021-2022 the Ontario Arts Council invested $56.4 million in 237 communities across Ontario through 2,665 grants to individual artists and 1,050 grants to organizations. 

 Ce document existe ègalement en français.

 








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