Hnatyshyn Foundation Visual Arts Awards Go to Marcel Dzama and Marie-Josee Jean

The recipients of this year’s Hnatyshyn Foundation visual arts awards have been announced. Artist Marcel Dzama, of Winnipeg, has won the $25,000 prize for outstanding achievement by a Canadian artist, while Marie-Josee Jean, general and artistic director of VOX centre de l’image contemporaine, has won the $15,000 award for curatorial excellence in contemporary art. Dzama, who lives and works in Brooklyn, was recently given a survey at the Musee d’art contemporain in Montreal; a monograph of his work will be published by Abrams this fall. In addition to directing VOX, Jean teaches at the Universite du Quebec in Montreal and the Universite Laval in Quebec City. She has curated exhibitions at venues such as the Musee national des beaux-arts du Quebec, the Casino Luxembourg-Forum d'art contemporain, the Centre d’art Santa Monica in Barcelona, the Nederlands Fotomuseum in Rotterdam, the Neuer Berliner Kunstverein in Germany, and the Villa Arson, Centre national d’art contemporain in Nice.

The Hnatyshyn Foundation has given a total of $305,000 to artists and curators since 2006.