OTTAWA, Feb. 20, 2014 /CNW/ - The Hnatyshyn Foundation and TD Bank Group
announced the inaugural recipient of the Award for Emerging Curator of
Contemporary Canadian Art is curator Jon Davies who will receive this
honour in Toronto. This award is presented to a Canadian curator, under
the age of 35, whose body of work has achieved a public presence and
peer recognition. The recipient of this award is eligible for a $10,000
grant to help pursue his or her professional development.
Jon Davies is a Montreal-born curator and writer based in Toronto. The
jury for the Emerging Curator of Contemporary Canadian Art was
impressed by Davies' original concepts and the quality and range of his
Davies' personal approach is a bridge between artist and audience. He
routinely demonstrates that his curatorial vision is one rooted not
simply in rigorous curatorial exercises (at which he excels), but also
in creating opportunities for lasting engagement between audiences, art
and ideas. This commitment to advancing contemporary art discourses is
fundamental to Jon's work as a curator. The writing accompanying his
exhibitions is mature, well-researched and reflects his passion and
"We were impressed with the extraordinary talent showcased by Davies and
the many other submissions from young artists for this inaugural award"
said Pamela Meredith, Senior Curator, TD Bank Group. "As a long-time
supporter of arts and culture, we are committed at TD to creating
opportunities for young Canadian artists to embrace their passion of
the arts and pursue a future in this field."
Davies' curated contemporary art exhibitions include: People Like Us: The Gossip of Colin Campbell (2008), Where I Lived, and What I Lived For (2012-13), Kelly Jazvac: PARK (2013) and Sonny Assu: Possession (2013-14) for Oakville Galleries, where he is Associate Curator, as well
as Ryan Trecartin: Any Ever (2010, co-curator), To What Earth Does This Sweet Cold Belong? (2011) and Coming After (2011-12) for The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery. His writing has
appeared in publications such as C Magazine, Canadian Art, Journal of Curatorial Studies, Fillip, Little Joe, No More Potlucks and Cinema Scope, as well as in numerous books and anthologies on artists such as Daniel
Barrow, Candice Breitz, FASTWÜRMS, Luis Jacob and Andy Warhol. He has
organized many artists' film and video screenings with the collective
Pleasure Dome, and currently sits on the board of Gallery TPW.
Davies' selection was made by a jury of arts professionals from across
Jean-François Bélisle, Executive Director of Arsenal Gallery, Montreal
and Toronto; Paul Butler, multi-disciplinary artist and Contemporary
Art Curator, Winnipeg Art Gallery; Reesa Greenberg, art historian and
museum consultant, Ottawa; Pamela Meredith, Senior Curator, TD Bank
Davies will receive The Hnatyshyn Foundation and TD Bank Group Emerging
Curator in Contemporary Canadian Art Award at an invitation-only event
in Toronto on February 19th.
TD Community Giving
TD Bank Group invests in communities in order to effect positive change
in the places where it operates and where its clients and employees
live and work. In 2013, TD donated over $74.7 million to support
community organizations in Canada, the United States and the United
Kingdom. In Canada, TD focuses on education and financial literacy,
creating opportunities for young people and the environment. For
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About The Hnatyshyn Foundation
The Hnatyshyn Foundation is a private charity established by the late
Right Honourable Ramon John Hnatyshyn, Canada's twenty-fourth Governor
General, to assist emerging and established artists in all disciplines
with their schooling and training, and promote to the Canadian public
the importance of the arts in our society. Its programs are funded by
contributions from governments, including the Government of Canada
through Canadian Heritage, foundations, corporations and individuals.
Information about The Hnatyshyn Foundation programs is available at the
Foundation's website www.rjhf.com.
Image with caption: "Jon Davies is the inaugural recipient of the Award for Emerging Curator of Contemporary Canadian Art of The Hnatyshyn Foundation and TD Bank Group (Susan Wong/CP) (CNW Group/TD Community Giving)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20140220_C6159_PHOTO_EN_36964.jpg
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