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2020 Recipients of the William and Meredith Saunderson Prizes for Emerging Artists

The prizes, initiated by Charles Pachter in 2012 for a period of three years, are now supported by William and Meredith Saunderson. The $5,000 prizes are intended to nurture emerging talent in the visual arts in Canada.

Tau Lewis

Jude Abu Zaineh

Jude Abu Zaineh is a Palestinian-Canadian multidisciplinary artist and cultural worker. Her practice relies on the use of art, food, and technology to investigate meanings of culture, displacement, diaspora, and belonging. She examines ideals of home and community while working to develop aesthetics rooted in her childhood and upbringing in the Middle East. 

Abu Zaineh was one of the first selected artists to participate in a collaborative residency with the Ontario Science Centre and MOCA Toronto (Canada). She has presented her work nationally and internationally including Cultivamos Cultura, São Luis, Portugal;  Museu de Arte, Arquitetura e Tecnologia, Lisbon, Portugal;  Centro de Cultura Digital, Mexico City, Mexico; SVA, NYC, USA. Abu Zaineh received an MFA from the University of Windsor (Canada) and is currently pursuing her PhD in Electronic Arts at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in upstate NY (USA).

“I'm honoured to be selected for the 2020 Hnatyshyn Foundation's Saunderson Prize for Emerging Artists and to be amongst the ranks of other high-caliber artists who have received this award. I look forward to continuing my contributions to contemporary Palestinian and Canadian art as I expand on my social and studio practice with this generous gift.”

Jordan Loeppky-Kolesnik

Marlon Kroll

Marlon Kroll is a German/Canadian artist living and working in Montreal. He holds a BFA in Ceramics from Concordia University and is one of nine laureates of the Darling Foundry’s 2019-2022 Montreal Studio Program, where his studio is generously sponsored by Ann Birks and Caroline Andrieux.

He has shown his work in solo and group exhibitions, including Clint Roenisch, Toronto and Parisian Laundry, Montreal (2019, both solo); group shows at Interstate Projects, Brooklyn and Galerie Antoine Ertaskiran, Montreal (2019); Central Park, Los Angeles; Galerie René Blouin, Montreal; 8-Eleven, Toronto (2018); Soon.tw, Montreal (2017, solo). In 2020, he will mount a solo show in Rome, IT at Andrea Festa, and have his work included in an expansive show at the Musee des Arts Contemporain, Montreal.

“I am honoured to receive this recognition, which prize aside, is already humbling, validating and encouraging beyond belief. As a recipient of the Saunderson’s prize for Emerging Artists, I will hold the privilege of being able to focus on my own little world, and with it, hope to expand its orbit. Thank you!”

Nicole Kelly Westman

Sam Bourgault

Sam Bourgault is a Ph.D. student in the Media Arts and Technology program at University of California, Santa Barbara. She owns a bachelor in Computation Arts from Concordia University (2019) and in Physics Engineering from Polytechnique Montreal (2015). Embedding tangible media, code, video, sound and electronics, her practice investigates the ways technology impacts and shapes the physical and embodied experience one has with machines and algorithms.

Contrast is used as a process and method to raise critical awareness: control and submission, real and simulation, mass and solitude, and instructions and randomness are strategies to convey the uncanniness arising at the junction of the real and the virtual worlds. Her work has been exhibited at IEEE-ICRA-X Robotic Program (Montreal, 2019), Sight & Sound Festival (Montreal, 2019), Ars Electronica Campus Exhibition (Linz, 2018), OFFTA (Montreal, 2019), RIPA (Montreal 2019), Mutek Festival (Montreal, 2017), Art Matters (Montreal, 2018), the VAV gallery (Montreal, 2018).

“I am honored to be one of the recipients of the 2020 William and Meredith Saunderson Prizes for Emerging Artists. This prize reasserts the importance of art and creativity in my life and is a confirmation for myself that I am doing something right. This prize will also support my graduate education at the University of California, Santa Barbara, which I am extremely grateful for.”