June 29th, 2012
Andrew Wright elected to the Royal Canadian Academy of ArtsFor Immediate ReleaseConceptual photographer and artist Andrew Wright, who is based in Ottawa, was recently named an academician of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts.As the oldest and most respected honorific visual arts organization in Canada, the RCA recognizes excellence and lasting contribution to Canadian culture in twenty disciplines.
The Royal Canadian Academy / Académie royale des arts du Canada is a venerated institution established in 1880. The Academy has had amny important acheivements; notable among them is the role it played in the founding of the National Gallery of Canada and the establishment of its core Canadian art collection. Today’s Academy is composed of over 700 established professionals working across Canada in 20 visual arts disciplines; from painting and sculpture to architecture, design, fine craft, photography and filmmaking.
Mr. Wright joins the likes of historical figures such Marcel Barbeau, Franklin Carmicheal, and William Kurelek along with contemporary figures such aritsts Geneviève Cadieux, Iain& Baxter, Ed Burtynsky, David Altmejd, Lynne Cohen, Douglas Copland and Dapne Odjig; filmakers Denis Arcand, Atom Agoyan, and Guy Maddin; achitects Douglas Cardinal, Bruce Kuwabara, among many others."It is such and honour to be part of this organization. To be recognized at this level among these peers for a career and body of work that is essentially in its adolescence is very humbling," said Wright. At 40 years old, Mr.Wright is one of the Academy's youngest members. He was nominated by another Ottawa based artist, Adrian Göllner.
Andrew Wright is also a professor at the department of Visual Arts at the University of Ottawa and is represented in Canada by Patrick Mikhail Gallery
For more information:
Patrick Mikhail Gallery, 2401 Bank St., Ottawa, ON
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Boulder #3 (Baffin Island), by Andrew Wright
Digital Chromogenic Print mounted on Dibond, 60x90in, 2011