Audain Prize for Visual Arts awards $100,000 to Ian Wallace

VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Sept. 29, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — At a luncheon today at the Fairmont Vancouver Hotel, the Audain Award for British Columbia’s Most Distinguished Artists was presented to Ian Wallace. Mr. Wallace is based in Vancouver and has exhibited across Canada and internationally. He received the Governor General’s Award in Visual Arts in 2004 and the Molson Prize in 2009. Wallace also taught at the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design from 1972 to 1998.

The Audain Prize, which was established in 2004, is one of three major annual Canadian awards for the arts, awarding the winner a cash prize of $100,000. The Scotiabank Giller Prize (which celebrates excellence in Canadian fiction) and the Sobey Art Award (for contemporary Canadian artist) are in this rare company.

“It is a great honor to present this award to one of British Columbia’s greatest living artists. Ian Wallace,” says Michael Audain, President of the Audain Foundation. “In addition to having an exceptional international reputation, Mr. Wallace has had a considerable influence on young artists.

“The Audain Foundation wants to see our best artists make themselves known. After all, British Columbia has many important visual artists who are not as widely recognized as they should be,” says Michael Audain. “With some of the best contemporary artists in the world, we believe they should be better known to all British Columbians.”

In addition to the $100,000 Audain Prize for the Visual Arts, the Audain Foundation funds five $7,500 travel grants for students in university visual arts programs. This year the students are:

Nasim Pirhadi University of British Columbia Okanagan
Kosar Movahedi University of Victoria
Khim Hipol Emily Carr University of Art and Design
Lauren Crazybull Simon Fraser University
Sarvenaz IrajiUniversity of British Columbia

“The Audain Museum of Art is proud to be the managing institution for this prestigious visual arts award, as our permanent collection is exclusively focused on the production of outstanding historical and contemporary art in British Columbia,” said Director and Chief Curator, Dr. Curtis Collins. “Selected by an independent jury made up of curators and artists, such an award testifies to the continued vitality of creativity across the province.

The Audain Prize was established in 2004. Past Audain Prize winners include: Ann Kipling, Edward J. Hughes, Eric Metcalfe, Gordon Smith, Jeff Wall, Liz Magor, Robert Davidson, Rodney Graham, Marian Penner Bancroft, Takao Tanabe , Gathie Falk, Fred Herzog, Michael Morris, Paul Wong, Carole Itter, Susan Point, Stan Douglas and Jim Hart.

About the Audain Foundation
Established in 1997 to support the visual arts primarily in British Columbia, the Foundation has disbursed over $140 million in grants and recently announced a transformational $100 million gift to the Vancouver Art Gallery. In 2016, the Foundation expanded its scope to include wildlife conservation, with a particular focus on grizzly bears.

About the Audain Art Museum
The Audain Museum of Art is grateful to be on the shared and unceded territory of the Squamish (Sḵwx̱wú7mesh) Nation and Lil’wat (Lil̓wat7úl) Nation. It’s melocated on Blackcomb Way adjacent to Whistler Village. Opened in 2016, the museum houses much of the art collection that Michael Audain and his wife Yoshiko Karasawa have amassed over the past 40 years. Their collection of world-class Northwest Coast art is on permanent display, and there are galleries for special exhibitions of Canadian and international art.

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