Premier's Awards for Excellence in the Arts
McGuinty Government Celebrates Ontario's Artistic Talent
TORONTO, June 23 /CNW/ -
Visual artist and sculptor Ron Noganosh and publishing house Coach House Books received the 2008 Premier's Awards for Excellence in the Arts tonight.
Noganosh received the award for individual artist. He will receive $35,000, and will be asked to identify an emerging artist of the year, who will receive $15,000. Noganosh is best known for using junk material such as beer caps, auto parts and old toys to create imaginative, humorous and thought-provoking art works.
Coach House Books will be awarded $50,000 as the winner in the Arts Organization category. One of Canada's foremost small presses, Coach House is one of only three Canadian publishers to print its books in-house. The press has nurtured the careers of some of Canada's best-known writers, including Michael Ondaatje, bpNichol, Nicole Brossard, Christian Bok, Jonathan Goldstein, Linda Griffiths, Anne Michaels, Michael Redhill and hundreds of others.
Ontario's entertainment and creative cluster is a cornerstone of Ontario's new innovative economy. It employs over 250,000 people - the third largest number in North America after California and New York - and generates $19.7 billion of Ontario's Gross Domestic Product (GDP).
"I want to congratulate the finalists for this year's Premier's Awards for Excellence in the Arts for the contributions they have made to the arts, to their communities and to our economy. And I want to thank them for using their gifts to enrich the quality of our lives," said Premier Dalton McGuinty
"The nominees for this year's Premier's Awards for Excellence in the Arts reflect the depth and diversity and immense talent of Ontario's artistic community," said Culture Minister Aileen Carroll. "I congratulate this year's winners and finalists on their remarkable achievements and wish them continued success."
- The finalists in the Individual Artist award category include:
sculptor and installation artist Ron Noganosh of Ottawa, choreographer
David Earle of Guelph, contemporary furniture master Michael Fortune
of Lakefield, writer Afua Cooper and conductor and composer Alex Pauk,
both from Toronto and visual artist Tim Whiten, also of Toronto.
- The finalists in the Arts Organization award category include:
Toronto-based small press Coach House Books, the Guelph Jazz Festival,
the Hot Docs documentary festival, based in Toronto, the Ojibwe
Cultural Foundation in M'Chigeeng, Manitoulin Island and Ottawa-based
Réseau Ontario, an organization that showcases Francophone culture
across Ontario, and the Lorraine Kimsa Theatre for Young People, based
- The Premier's Awards for Excellence in the Arts are administered by
the Ontario Arts Council (http://www.arts.on.ca/page11.aspx).
About the McGuinty government's increased support (http://www.culture.gov.on.ca/english/about/n290408.htm) for arts and culture in Ontario.
View photos and videos from all finalists (http://www.culture.gov.on.ca/english/arts/premiers_award_08.htm) nominated for the Premier's Awards for Excellence in the Arts.
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For further information: Alicia Johnston, Minister's Office, (416) 325-1676; Dayo Kefentse, Communications Branch, (416) 314-3497