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2018 K.M. Hunter Artist Awards Winners Announced



Toronto, April 16, 2018 - The winners of the 2018 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 Hotel in Toronto in June. 

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

Dance   Christine Friday, Ottawa
Theatre        Matthew Heiti, Sudbury
Literature   Shane Book, Ottawa
Media Arts   Luo Li, Toronto
Music   Allison Cameron, Toronto
Visual Arts   Cree Stevens, Thunder Bay


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 are very impressed at the caliber of artists our awards attract and wish all the winners this year great success in the pursuit of their work,” says Sarah Hunter, President, K.M. Hunter Charitable Foundation.  “We also would like to thank Dave Carley, Damiano Pietropaolo, and Bernard Leroux in helping chair our juries this year.  We welcome this year’s winners into the growing family of artists who have received the K.M. Hunter Artist Awards.”

Since the awards were created in 1995, 139 artists have received awards totaling $940,500.

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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 2016-2017, OAC funded 1,657 individual artists and 1,098 organizations in 212 Ontario communities, for a total of $50.8 million.

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 $375,000 in awards and scholarships."

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