Ydessa Hendeles joins curatorial panel for 2008 Sobey Art Award

    TORONTO, Sept. 17 /CNW/ - Internationally renowned curator and collector
Ydessa Hendeles is joining the Curatorial Panel for the 2008 Sobey Art Award
presented by Scotiabank and will participate in the selection of the award
winner on October 1.
    "Ydessa Hendeles has made her mark internationally as a collector,
curator and philanthropist - her contribution to contemporary art in Canada
serves as a shining example and inspiration." said Ray Cronin, Director and
CEO, Art Gallery of Nova Scotia. "It is truly an honour to have such an
acclaimed individual on the curatorial panel for the selection of the winner
of this year's award.
    "Hendeles brings to the final adjudication process her wealth of national
and international art experience. The already impressive Curatorial Panel,
representing each of the five regions of Canada, is enhanced by this cultural
leader and proponent of Canadian contemporary art," Cronin continued.
    Ms Hendeles will join Scott Watson, Director/Curator, Morris and Helen
Belkin Art Gallery, UBC; Anthony Kiendl, Director, Plug-In ICA; David Moos,
Curator of Contemporary Art, Art Gallery of Ontario; Nathalie de Blois,
Conservatrice de l'art actuel, Musée National des beaux-arts du Québec; and
Gemey Kelly, Director/Curator of the Owens Art Gallery in choosing the winner
of the 2008 Sobey Art Award, Presented by Scotiabank. The winner will be
chosen from the 2008 Sobey Art Award Shortlist and announced at a Gala
reception at the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) also on October 1, 2008.

    The artists in the running for the 2008 Sobey Art Award are:

    Tim Lee, West Coast and Yukon;

    Daniel Barrow, Prairies and the North;

    Terence Koh, Ontario;

    Raphaelle de Groot, Québec;

    Mario Doucette, Atlantic.

    The 2008 winner of the Sobey Art Award presented by Scotiabank will be
announced during a gala reception in the Royal Ontario Museum's Hyacinth
Gloria Chen Crystal Court the evening of October 1.


    The Sobey Art Award, created in 2002 by the Sobey Art Foundation, is an
annual prize given to an artist under 40 who has exhibited in a public or
commercial art gallery within 18 months of being nominated. Since its
inception the Sobey Art Award and accompanying exhibition have been organized
and administered by the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia. Since 2006, thanks to an
on-going partnership with Scotiabank, the Sobey Art Award and exhibition are
celebrated annually.
    The Sobey Art Award curatorial advisory panel is made up of five
distinguished representatives from a Canadian art gallery in each of the five
regions. A panel of curatorial advisors, consisting of a representative from a
noted gallery in each of five regions (Atlantic, Quebec, Ontario, Prairies
/North, and West Coast), develops the shortlist for the Award. The curatorial
panel creates a list of five artists from each region; these are selected from
the list of nominated artists, and based on their professional knowledge of
their regions and of the national art scene. The curatorial panel then meets
and chooses one representative from each region to be included on the national
shortlist. The panel will choose the winner on October 1, 2008.

    Sobey Art Foundation

    The Sobey Art Foundation was established in 1981 with a mandate to carry
on the work of entrepreneur and business leader, the late Frank H. Sobey, of
collecting and preserving representative examples of 19th and 20th century
Canadian art. One of the finest private collections of its kind, the Sobey Art
Foundation has assembled exemplary examples from Canadian Masters like
Cornelius Krieghoff, Tom Thomson and J.E.H MacDonald. The collection is housed
in an intimate setting at Crombie House, the former home of Frank Sobey and
his wife Irene in Pictou County, Nova Scotia. Tours are regularly scheduled
throughout the summer months and by appointment year round.


    Scotiabank is committed to supporting the communities in which we live
and work, both in Canada and abroad. Recognized as a leader internationally
and among Canadian corporations for its charitable donations and philanthropic
activities, in 2007 the Bank provided more than $43 million in sponsorships
and donations to a variety of projects and initiatives, primarily in the areas
of healthcare, education, social services and arts and culture. Scotiabank is
on the World Wide Web at www.scotiabank.com

    Art Gallery of Nova Scotia

    The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia acts as a gateway for the visual arts in
Atlantic Canada by bringing the art of the world to Nova Scotia and the art of
Nova Scotia to the world. It is an agency of the Province of Nova Scotia
responsible for the preservation, exhibition and education of art through its
branches in Halifax and Yarmouth.

    Ydessa Hendeles - 2008 Guest Panellist, International Curator

    Ydessa Hendeles, born in 1948, Marburg, Germany, is a graduate of the
University of Toronto, and is currently a doctoral candidate at the University
of Amsterdam under Professor Mieke Bal. In 1988, after eight years of
operating a commercial art gallery, exhibiting exclusively Canadian artists,
she established the Ydessa Hendeles Art Foundation, Canada's first privately
supported contemporary art exhibition space.
    Hendeles has presented one hundred exhibitions. Her work includes the
development of a unique and highly influential creative curatorial practice.
Her contribution to the visual arts has been acknowledged by honorary
doctorates from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, the Ontario College
of Art and Design, the University of Toronto, the Governor General's Award,
the Order of Ontario, and the Order of Canada. In addition to her
philanthropic support of the foundation, she has also endowed a lecture Series
for the Department of Fine Art, University of Toronto.
    Hendeles is a Trustee on the Board of Directors of the Art Gallery of
Ontario, a member of the Board of Directors of the Toronto Art Therapy
Institute, and a National Director of the Weizmann Institute. She has served
on the Board of Directors of the Art Gallery of York University, the
Contemporary Art Acquisitions Committee of the Art Gallery of Ontario and was
a member of the jury for the Downsview Park International Design Competition.
    Hendeles is a member of the International Council of the Museum of Modern
Art, New York, the International Council of Photography for the Museum of
Modern Art, New York, the Tate International Council, London, the Dia Art
Council, New York and Photography Acquisitions Committee of the Jewish Museum,
New York.
    Her work The Teddy Bear Project was exhibited as an artwork by the
National Gallery of Canada in a group exhibition, Noah's Ark.

For further information:

For further information: Svava Juliusson, Coordinator, Sobey Art Award,
(416) 434-6883, juliusst@gov.ns.ca, www.sobeyartaward.ca, Sobey Art Award, C/O
Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, 1723 Hollis St., Box 2262, Halifax, NS, B3J 3C8,
(902) 424-7359 fax, www.agns.gov.ns.ca

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