The Governor General’s Awards in Visual and Media Arts were created in 1999 by the Canada Council for the Arts and the Governor General of Canada. The awards celebrate Canada’s vibrant arts community and recognize remarkable careers in the visual and media arts.
Artistic achievements and outstanding contribution
Each year, the awards honour up to 7 artists for their artistic achievements, and 1 person for his or her outstanding contribution to contemporary visual and/or media arts. The award winners receive a medallion and a cash prize of $25,000 each.
This year's winner, announced on February 12, are:
Painter and sculptor
William D. MacGillivray
Filmmaker and director
Sound artist, composer and media artist
Artist-potter / Saidye Bronfman Award
Curator and art critic / Outstanding contribution
Sculpture installation artist
The Governor General of Canada will present the 2013 Awards at a ceremony at Rideau Hall on Wednesday, March 20 at 6 p.m.
The Canada Council funds and administers the awards and promotes them in collaboration with its partners: The Samuel and Saidye Bronfman Family Foundation, the National Gallery of Canada, the Canadian Museum of Civilization, the Royal Canadian Mint and the Independent Media Arts Alliance. Read about the videos.