They received their awards on May 8, 2017 at a special reception at the Art Museum, University of Toronto. The award winners were selected by a jury of arts professionals, including Robyn McCallum, Curator, TD Bank Group, Kim Nguyen, recipient of the 2015 curatorial award and Curator/Head of Programs at the CCA Wattis Institute, and Brandy Dahrouge, Program Manager of Creative Residencies at the Banff Centre.
John Hampton - Award for Emerging Curator of Contemporary Canadian Art
John Hampton is the recipient of the curatorial award. He is the Executive Director of the Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba, an Adjunct Curator at the Art Museum at the University of Toronto, and holds an MVS in Curatorial Studies from the University of Toronto. He is Chickasaw/Canadian, living in Treaty 2 territory, Brandon, Manitoba. In Hampton’s words“I curate exhibitions because of their potential to create experiences that enrich communities, minds, and lives by making complexity accessible.”
Jennifer Aitken - Award for Emerging Visual Artist
Aitken’s sculptures center around the built environment but they are persistently ambiguous. Aitken is based in Toronto and holds an MFA from the University of Guelph and a BFA from Emily Carr University. Recent solo exhibitions include Kaloune at YYZ Artists’ Outlet and Numa at Battat Contemporary.
“My core drive as an artist is to encourage intuitive intelligence. I aim to subvert language and interpretation in order to emphasize direct experience,” says Aitken.