The CALQ awards its prestigious career grants to Michel Campeau, Richard Lavoie, Robert Monderie, David Solway, Yolande Villemaire and Karen Young

    MONTREAL, Jan. 28 /CNW Telbec/ - Yvan Gauthier, the Chairman and Chief
Executive Officer of the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec (CALQ), is
pleased to announce the recipients of three career grants and the
Jean-Paul-Riopelle award, each worth $60,000, as well as two career grants for
scriptwriters and filmmakers, worth $50,000 respectively.
    "I would like to warmly congratulate all of the recipients," Mr. Gauthier
said. "By awarding these prestigious awards, the Conseil is supporting their
long-term artistic development, marked by innovation, and acknowledging their
significant contribution to the vitality of Québec culture. Thanks to this
tangible support, the recipients will be able to carry out their artistic
projects that have been close to their hearts for a long time."
    The 2008-2009 career grants were awarded to poet-essayist David Solway,
singer-composer Karen Young, and poet-novelist Yolande Villemaire.
Photographer Michel Campeau received the Jean-Paul-Riopelle career grant, and
film directors Richard Lavoie and Robert Monderie received the awards for
scriptwriters and filmmakers. Three juries, made up of individuals recognized
for their knowledge of and commitment to the arts and literature field,
evaluated the 50 applications.
    Career grants were created in order to support the artistic development
of artists who have at least 20 years' experience. Since its first edition in
1999, the CALQ has awarded career awards to Marie-Claire Blais, Nicole
Brossard, René Derouin, Denise Desautels, Francis Dhomont, André Forcier,
Madeleine Gagnon, Serge Giguère, Margie Gillis, Suzanne Jacob, Louise
Lecavalier, Robert Morin, Guy Nadon, Jacques Plante and Jean-Pierre Ronfard.
    Offered for the first time in 2003, the Jean-Paul-Riopelle career grant
reflects the government's desire to acknowledge the painter's outstanding
contribution to Québec culture. Intended for visual artists, it is awarded
every two years like the career grants. Jocelyne Alloucherie, Charles Gagnon
and Gilles Mihalcean received it consecutively. Film career grants are awarded
each year to scriptwriters and filmmakers working in the fields of fiction,
art, experimental or documentary film. Helen Doyle and Marcel Beaulieu were
the first recipients in 2008.

    Since 1994, the CALQ has supported creation, experimentation and
production in the performing, visual and media arts, architectural research,
arts and crafts, and literature throughout Québec. It has increased the
influence of the arts in Québec, Canada and abroad. The Conseil also supports
the development of professional artists.

    Source:     Carl Allen, Public Relations Director
    Telephone:  514 864-2930 or 1 800 608-3350
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