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Ken Lum and Louise Dery win Hnatyshyn Foundation Visual Arts Awards

Vancouver artist Ken Lum and Montreal curator Louise Dery have won the second annual Hnatyshyn Foundation Visual Arts Awards.

Lum received the $25,000 prize for outstanding achievement by a Canadian artist, while Dery took the $15,000 award for curatorial excellence in contemporary art.


Ken Lum, Hum hum hummm, 1994. Image: cmcp.gallery.ca

Dery – a friend of VoCA – has a PhD in art history and has held curatorial positions at the Musee National des Beaux-Arts du Quebec and the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. She is the curator of the UQAM Gallery in Montreal, and recently curated the Candaian pavilion at this year’s Venice Biennale, which featured work by Canadian art star David Altmejd.

“Her numerous projects have greatly contributed to the advancement of Quebec and Canadian art both nationally and internationally,” said the release.


Louise Dery. Image: tokyoartbeat.com

Lum, who has taught at the University of British Columbia and several other institutions, has been exhibiting his work around the world for nearly three decades and has also done curatorial work in Africa, China and the United Arab Emirates.

The Hnatyshyn Foundation is a private charity established by the late Ray Hnatyshyn, who served as governor general from 1990 to 1995.

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