Sunday, June 23, 2013

Winner of the 2013 Eldon & Anne Foote Edmonton Visual Arts Prize!

Paul Freeman, "It's Only Natural", aluminum, fiberglass resin + enamel, life size, 2011
Announcing the Winner of the $10,000 Eldon & Anne Foote
Edmonton Visual Arts Prize!

Great visual art was produced and shown within the greater Edmonton region in 2012. Evidence of this was revealed in the quality of the submissions to the 2013 Eldon & Anne Foote Edmonton Visual Arts Prize

In the Prize’s second year, an independent jury composed of three art professionals from outside the Edmonton area (Wayne BaerwaldtTanya Harnett, and David LaRiviere), evaluated the submissions and short-listed three artists. The short-listed artists were: Allen Ball, Isla Burns, and Paul Freeman. The winner was announced at 7:30pm on June 20th, 2013 during a reception at Visual Arts Alberta Gallery celebrating its summer exhibition, the opening of The Works Festival, and the summer solstice.

Paul Freeman, nominated by the Art Gallery of Alberta (AGA), was announced as the winner of the $10,000 prize. The AGA nominated him for his work, “It’s Only Natural”, an installation that speaks to current tensions and anxieties about genetic manipulation.

The Eldon & Anne Foote Edmonton Visual Arts Prize was established with the generous support of the Eldon & Anne Foote Fund at Edmonton Community Foundation and in partnership with the Edmonton Arts Council and Visual Arts Alberta Association. This Visual Arts Prize is an award that celebrates the brilliance of visual artists in Edmonton. Artists can be nominated for the Prize by galleries that showed at least one work by the artist in the year of the prize. A Call for Entry for the 2014 Prize will be announced later this year. 

Information on the shortlisted artists is available on the Visual Arts Alberta - CARFAC website (  Click on "About Us" on the black band and scroll down to “Foote Edmonton Visual Arts Prize” for a pictorial look at the shortlisted artists. These three artists represent some of the great talent that lives within the capital region!

Further information about the winning artist is available. Please contact:
Chris W. Carson
Executive Director at Visual Arts Alberta - CARFAC
T: 780.421.1731

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