MOCCA Award 2009 Presented to AGO CEO Matthew Teitelbaum

    TORONTO, April 23 /CNW/ - The Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art (MOCCA)
and BMO Financial Group have announced that Matthew Teitelbaum, the Michael
and Sonja Koerner Director, and CEO of the Art Gallery of Ontario, received
the MOCCA Award 2009 during a gala event at MOCCA in Toronto this evening.
    The award recognizes Mr. Teitelbaum's leadership in the completion of
Transformation AGO. In an extraordinary gesture of generosity, Mr. Teitelbaum
donated the $20,000 cash prize to the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art in
support of their ambitious activities.
    "It is deeply gratifying to be a part of the remarkable cultural moment
that is the new Art Gallery of Ontario," said Mr. Teitelbaum. "On behalf of so
many who journeyed this transformation with us, I thank MOCCA and BMO
Financial Group for this great honour. The visual arts have a special place in
our spirit during these challenging social and economic times. MOCCA's
contribution in recent years has been inspirational to all of us. It is
wonderful to stand side by side, together, and declare that art really does
    MOCCA Artistic Director David Liss acknowledged Mr. Teitelbaum's
accomplishments as recipient of this year's award: "Matthew Teitelbaum's
vision and leadership in achieving Transformation AGO is an exemplary and
inspirational model for important culture-building in Canada."
    "I'm pleased to congratulate Matthew Teitelbaum on behalf of BMO," said
Gilles Ouellette, President and CEO of the Private Client Group at BMO
Financial Group - the lead supporter of the award. "His efforts brought the
vision of a transformed AGO to its stunning reality. We are very proud to join
with MOCCA in honouring such a deserving builder."
    To honour Mr. Teitelbaum, each guest at the event received a limited
edition artwork, created especially for the occasion by nationally renowned
artist and long-time AGO advocate David Blackwood. Guests also enjoyed food
from Chef Susur Lee's internationally-acclaimed restaurants Madeline's, Lee
and Shang N.Y.C. The evening featured the installation, Habitat (MOCCA Award),
by Toronto-based artist Luis Jacob, and a special slide presentation of Edward
Burtynsky's photographs commissioned for the Transformation AGO project, 2006
- 2008. Other highlights of the evening included a presentation by Honorary
Chair Carol Rapp and a live interview between Matthew Teitelbaum and media
commentator Allan Gregg.

    The Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art was founded with a mandate to
exhibit, research, collect, and promote innovative art by Canadian and
international artists whose works engage and reflect the relevant stories of
our times.

    The biennial, $20,000 award was established by MOCCA in 2007 to honour a
Canadian active in the field of visual arts for innovation, accomplishment or
contribution over time, or for a specific project that has national or
international significance.

    Honorary Chair: Carol Rapp

    Award Sponsor: BMO Financial Group

    Silver Sponsor: EllisDon Corporation, Madeline's, Lee, Shang N.Y.C.

    Bronze Sponsors: Benecaid, Linda Young, Nadir and Shabin Mohamed, Robert
    Harding, Johnson Chou, IKEA, Salah Bachir, St. Joseph Communications, The
    Ouellette Family Foundation, HP, Anonymous

    Event Donors: Aeroplan, Axa Art, HKMB Hub International, Marla and Edward
    Schwartz, Rosamond Ivey

    Event Suppliers: Canadian Art, CJ Graphics Inc., Mark J. Mooney & Assoc.
    Ltd, q media solutions, Tiffany & Co., Toronto International Art Fair

    /NOTE TO PHOTO EDITORS: A photo accompanying this release is available on
    the CNW Photo Network and archived at
    Additional archived images are also available on the CNW Photo Archive
    website at Images are free to accredited
    members of the media/

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