The Sobey Art Award announced the 25 artists longlisted for the award in 2021.
I am pleased to share that I was selected as one of five artists longlisted in Ontario. The full list of artists can be found on the National Gallery of Canada website.
From Inuit Art Quarterly:
"For the first time in its history, four circumpolar Indigenous artists appear on the Sobey Art Award longlist. Glenn Gear, Tanya Lukin Linklater, Laakkuluk Williamson Bathory and Maureen Gruben all appear on the longlist for the 2021 prize—Gear is nominated for the Atlantic category, Linklater for Ontario, and Gruben and Bathory for Prairies and North.
This is also the first year that artists of any age are eligible for the award, which since its inception in 2002 has only been presented to artists under 40. Some artists are only beginning their artistic careers at the age of 35, so the removal of the age limit allows for a greater range of emerging artists to make the list.
Jury Chair Sasha Suda, who is also Director and CEO of the National Gallery of Canada, said this year’s award received a record number of nominations, particularly from non-urban areas. “It has been an extraordinary privilege to learn about the amazing art being made from coast-to-coast-to-coast,” she said in the NGC press release."