I'm totally honoured to be included in such illustrious company for this award: Maura and Jesse are stunningly great artists!
The Ottawa Arts Council would like to thank RBC Royal Bank, RBC Foundation, Mann Lawyers LLP, GGFL Chartered Accountants, Ian Capstick and Shawn Dearn, and the City of Ottawa for their support of the Ottawa Arts Council Awards Program.
The awards recipients will be announced at the Arts Awards Presentation on Tuesday,May 9th in the Arts Court Theatre. The recipient in each category will be awarded $5,000 and the finalists will each receive $1,000.
Maura Doyle lives and works in Ottawa. Her multidisciplinary practice has included video, ceramics, sculpture, book works, printed matter and drawing. Her recent work focuses on the medium of clay, prehistoric pottery and processes, which includes the traditional techniques of hand building and pit firing. Her work has been exhibited across Canada in artist-run centres and art institutions, and internationally in New York, Japan, Sweden and Vienna. She received her MFA from the University of Guelph and is represented by Paul Petro Contemporary Art in Toronto (http://paulpetro.com)
Jesse Stewart is an award-winning composer, percussionist, artist, instrument-builder, and educator. His music has been documented on over twenty recordings including Stretch Orchestra’s self-titled debut album, which was honoured with the 2012 “Instrumental Album of the Year” JUNO award. He has performed and recorded with musical luminaries from around the world, and has been widely commissioned as a composer and artist. He is a professor of music in Carleton University’s music program and an adjunct professor in the visual arts department at the University of Ottawa. In 2015, OttawaJazzScene.ca described him as “one of the most innovative musicians in Canada."
Andrew Wright's work is described as multi-tiered inquiries into the nature of perception, photographic structures and technologies, and the ways we relate to a mediated and primarily visual world. He has exhibited widely, both nationally and internationally, with exhibitions in London, UK, Vancouver, Toronto, Korea, Oakville Galleries, Madrid, to name of few. Wright is the recipient of numerous grants and awards. Nominated six times for the Sobey Art Award he was a semi-finalist in 2007. In 2016 he was nominated for the Premier’s Awards for Excellence in the Arts. In 2011 he won the inaugural Gattuso Prize at CONTACT Photography Festival in Toronto. He is Chair of Visual Arts at the University of Ottawa.