Vancouver media artist Jayce Salloum has been named one of eight Canadian recipients of the 2014 Governor General's Awards in Visual and Media Arts.
The $25,000 awards, funded and administered by the Canada Council for the Arts, recognize distinguished career achievements in visual and media arts by Canadian artists.
The Kelowna-born artist's politically engaging videos, installations, and photographic works explore human stories and realities, engaging us to listen to marginalized and oppressed voices. Salloum has exhibited at a wide range of venues, including the Musée du Louvre, The Museum of Modern Art, the National Gallery of Canada, and numerous others internationally and locally.
The Canada Council for the Arts and Governor General David Johnston revealed the winners of the annual prize in Toronto on Tuesday.
“Each year, we honour some of Canada’s finest contemporary artists and artistic contributors,” Johnson said in a release.
“The work of these artists in the visual and media arts is well known and respected in Canada and abroad. I am pleased to honour each of the laureates for their achievements. On behalf of all Canadians, I thank them for their creativity and hard work.”
“So much of the way we think about ourselves as Canadians is shaped by our artists,” said Robert Sirman, Director and CEO of the Canada Council for the Arts.
“The 2014 recipients of the Governor General’s Awards in Visual and Media Arts represent Canada at its best, and give us reason to celebrate.”
The winners of the 2014 Governor General's Awards in Visual and Media Arts are:
Kim Adams, sculptor, Toronto
Max Dean, multidisciplinary artist, Toronto
Raymond Gervais, performance and installation artist, Montreal
Angela Grauerholz, photographer/visual artist, Montreal
Jayce Salloum, media artist, Vancouver
Brydon Smith, curator (outstanding contribution), Ottawa
Carol Wainio, painter, Ottawa
The Saidye Bronfman Award for excellence in fine crafts was awarded to Sandra Brownlee, weaver/notebook keeper, of Dartmouth, NS. The award ensures that outstanding craft artists receive national recognition alongside their peers in the visual and media arts.
The Governor General will present the Awards, which include award medallions produced by the Royal Canadian Mint, at a ceremony at Rideau Hall on March 26.
Photo of Jayce Salloum: Canada Council for the Arts / Ron Fehling