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Audain Prize for Visual Art awards $100,000 to James Hart

VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Nov. 08, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- At a luncheon held today in the Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel's Sapphire Ballroom, the Audain Prize for British Columbia's most distinguished artists was awarded to James Hart. Hart is a hereditary chief of the Eagle Clan of the Haida Nation.

The Audain Prize, which was established in 2004, is one of the big three annual Canadian arts awards granting the winner a cash prize of $100,000. The Scotiabank Giller Prize (celebrating excellence in Canadian fiction) and the Sobey Art Award (for a contemporary Canadian artist) are in this rare company.

"It is a real honour to make this award to one of B.C.'s greatest living artists ? Jim Hart," says Michael Audain, Chairman of the Audain Foundation. "Mr. Hart is a carver in a long line of Haida artists: master carver and Hart's ancestor Charles Edenshaw, Bill Reid, and Robert Davidson with whom Hart apprenticed with in 1978."

"The Audain Foundation wants to see our leading artists become better known.
British Columbia has many internationally renowned visual artists who are not as widely recognized in our own province as they should be," says Audain.

In addition to the $100,000 Audain Prize for Visual Art, the Audain Foundation funds five $7,500 travel grants for students in university-level visual arts programs. This year the students are:

Pip Dryden ? University of British Columbia Okanagan
Carly Greene ? University of Victoria
Erick Jantzen ? Emily Carr University of Art and Design
Homa Khosravi ? Simon Fraser University
Romi Kim ? University of British Columbia

"The Audain Art Museum is proud to be the managing institution for this prestigious visual arts award, as our permanent collection is exclusively focused on noteworthy historic and contemporary art production in British Columbia," says Director & Chief Curator, Dr. Curtis Collins. "Such a prize speaks to the ongoing vitality of creative communities across the province and is selected by an independent jury composed of curators and artists."

The Audain Prize was established in 2004. Past Audain Prize recipients include: Ann Kipling, Edward J. Hughes, Eric Metcalfe, Gordon Smith, Jeff Wall, Liz Magor, Robert Davidson, Rodney Graham, Marian Penner Bancroft, Takao Tanabe, Gathie Falk, Fred Herzog, Michael Morris, Paul Wong, Carole Itter, Susan Point and Stan Douglas.  

About The Audain Foundation
Established in 1997 to support the visual arts mainly in British Columbia, the Foundation has made over $120 million in grants. In 2016, the Foundation expanded its scope to include wildlife conservation, with a special emphasis on grizzly bears. Last week, the Audain Foundation promised a transformational gift to the Vancouver Art Gallery, as it celebrates its 90th anniversary.

About the Audain Art Museum
The Audain Art Museum is grateful to be on the shared, unceded territory of the Squamish (S?wx?wú7mesh) Nation and Lil'wat (Lil?wat7úl) Nation. It is located on Blackcomb Way adjacent to Whistler Village. Opened in 2016, the Museum houses a large portion of the art collection that Michael Audain and his wife Yoshiko Karasawa amassed over the past 40 years. Their world-class Northwest Coast art collection is on permanent display, plus there are galleries for special exhibitions of Canadian and international art.

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