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Recipient of the 2014 Virginia and Myrtle Cooper Award in Costume Design Announced

One of Anne Dixon’s sketches for Les Chemins De
 L’Amour: Karen Kain choreographed by James Kudelka
and and featured in the film Karen Kain: Dancing in the Moment,  produced by Veronica Tennant


Toronto, May 5, 2014 – Costume designer, Anne Dixon is the 2014 recipient of the $15,000 Virginia and Myrtle Cooper Award in Costume Design. The award is given annually to professional costume designers in Ontario in mid-career to further enrich their careers through research and travel.

Anne’s design career spans over 25 years both on stage and on screen and includes a myriad of genres and periods, seen internationally in theatre, dance, opera, film and television.

Selected feature film credits include What We Have, The Right Kind of Wrong, Fugitive Pieces, Saint Ralph, Bollywood Hollywood, Perfect Pie, Interstate 60 and Treed Murray. For television her numerous credits include the mini-series Guns, Coast To Coast, The Hades Factor, Would Be Kings, the series Working The Engels, XIII, Lost Girl and three seasons of Battle of the Blades, to name a few.

Anne’s designs for dance, Karen Kain: Dancing in the Moment, Margie Gillis: Wild Hearts in Strange Times and The Firebird for The National Ballet of Canada; and for opera, Don Giovanni Unmasked, Burnt Toast are both highly original and diverse. 

Anne Dixon has been nominated for a Genie Award, Saint Ralph
and an Emmy Award, Dash and Lilly for Best Costume Design.  She is a graduate in Art & Design from the University of the Arts, London, England.

Anne was selected as the winner from an outstanding group of nominees.  This year’s jury consisting of costume designers Victoria Dobson, Melanie Jennings, and wardrobe supervisor Karen Steele stated that “Anne Dixon’s body of work is a breathtaking contribution to the art of costume design in film and television.  Her skill in layering texture and colour creates a richly beautiful product which fulfills both artistic and practical concerns.”  The jury felt strongly about Anne’s talent as a designer and was impressed by her commitment to learning, training and openness to new experiences. 

Established through a generous gift under the will of Dr. Virginia Cooper, the Virginia and Myrtle Cooper Award is to be given "For the Love of Creation".  Dr. Cooper served as a director of the Tarragon Theatre, and was a charter member of the Arts and Letters Club of Toronto and active in its activities.  She had a keen interest in the performing arts, particularly in costume design. 

The Ontario Arts Foundation manages the endowment that funds the award.  The Ontario Arts Council administers the nomination and selection process. 


For more information, please contact:
Alan Walker, Executive Director, Ontario Arts Foundation

416-969-7413 | awalker@arts.on.ca


The Ontario Arts Foundation (OAF) works with arts patrons to build long-term support for the arts in Ontario. In 2012-2013, the OAF paid out over $2 million in endowment income and $200,000 in awards and scholarships.

Now in its 50th year, the Ontario Arts Council (OAC) play a vital role in promoting and assisting the development of the arts and artists for the enjoyment and benefit of Ontarians. In 2012-2013, the Ontario Arts Council funded 1,793 individual artists and 1,076 organizations in 232 communities across Ontario for a total of $52.1 million.

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