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Dan Steeves Wins First Prize in the Open Studio National Printmaking Awards

May 16, 2014

Shortlisted Artists
Winners of Open Studio National Printmaking Awards Announced
Artist Dan Steeves Wins Top Prize for Printmakers in Canada

Toronto, ON – May 16, 2014 — Open Studio, Canada’s leading printmaking centre, is pleased to announce the winners of the seventh annual Open Studio National Printmaking Awards, presented last night at Open Studio’s 29th annual 100 Prints fundraising event at the Palais Royale. The winners are:

First Prize ($3,000): Dan Steeves (Sackville, NB)
Second Prize ($1,500): Doug Guildford (Toronto, ON/Voglers Cove, NS)
Third Prize ($500): Dan O’Neill (Halifax, NS)

Artists Elizabeth D’Agostino (Toronto, ON), Kurt Pammer (Toronto, ON), and Laura Widmer (Kelowna, BC) were also recognized with Honourable Mentions. Click here to view all of the shortlisted works.

“On behalf of our community, I’m thrilled to congratulate the artists recognized at the Open Studio National Printmaking Awards last night,” said Jennifer Bhogal, Executive Director of Open Studio. “It was an absolute pleasure to experience an overview of Canadian print media in the generous submissions we received in conjunction with 100 Prints. I never fail to be in awe of the themes skillfully communicated via the revered art form of printmaking. These celebrated artists marry thought-provoking imagery with technical mastery. I was not envious of the jurors’ responsibility to pull six artists from the wealth of accomplished artwork we received. Congratulations again to this year’s honoured artists!”

The award winning prints were selected by a distinguished jury of arts professionals: Darren Alexander, of Tatar Alexander Public Art Management; Pat Feheley, of Feheley Fine Arts; and David H. Kaye, of David Kaye Gallery. Remarking on his experience on the jury, David H. Kaye said, “Jurying this event was an enjoyable time, even though it means making tough decisions to whittle down the number of donated works to only one hundred.” Said Pat Feheley, “It was a great privilege to have been able to participate in this year’s jury for the Open Studio’s 100 Prints.  I was truly stunned by the overall quality, both technically and in terms of imagery, of the prints in this year’s submissions.”

The Open Studio National Printmaking Awards were launched in 2008 to recognize and reward excellence in the Canadian printmaking community. Open to all printmakers in Canada and Canadian printmakers working worldwide, the awards are presented in conjunction with Open Studio’s annual 100 Prints. Combining elements of a fine art exhibition and a lottery, 100 Prints is a much-anticipated event in the Canadian arts community, and provides a chance for art lovers to come face to face with works from celebrated Canadian visual artists, as well as pieces by promising emerging talents. It is also a major annual fundraiser for Open Studio, an artist-run, Toronto-based charitable organization that provides professional development opportunities for artists and promotes contemporary, original, fine art prints.

For further information, interviews or high-resolution images, please contact: Sara Kelly, Associate Director, 416-504-8238, sara@openstudio.on.ca. Dan Steeves is represented by Abbozzo Gallery, Toronto, ON and Peter Buckland Gallery, Saint John, NB.

Open Studio extends much gratitude to the sponsors & donors of 100 Prints 2014:

Printing Sponsor: FLASH Reproductions
Supporting Sponsors: Barrie Rose & Family | TD Bank Group
Media Sponsors: Canadian Art | Post City Magazines | Village Living Magazine
Sponsors: Akau Framing and Art | Assurart | Amrita Chandra | Elayne Kardash Designs | Jenn Law & Paul Rose | Segal LLP | Sirlin Giller & Malek Architects
Beer Sponsor: Beau’s All Natural Brewing
Final Ticket Drawn Prize Donor: Porter Airlines
Transportation Provider: Uber
Food & Beverage Donors: Château des Charmes | Cheese Magic | CJ Lunch Box | Dimpflmeier Bakery | Dufflet | Glory Hole Donuts | The Herb n’ Homestead | Kozlik’s Mustard | La Natura | Live | Oyster Boy | Salt Spring Island Cheese | Sanagan’s Meat Locker | Urban Herbivore
Event Donors: Above Ground Art Supplies | Art Gallery of Hamilton | Art Gallery of Ontario | Art Gallery of York University | Art Toronto | Canadian Art | Canadian Opera Company | Coach House Books | Victoria Cowan | Design Exchange | Downward Dog Yoga Centre | Easel Rentals Toronto | Factory Theatre | Gallery 44 | The Japanese Paper Place | Jeremy Gawen | Graven Feather | Hexagon Special Projects | Interior Design Show | Cheryl Kaplan, KAPGUN Inc. | Kid Icarus | Koyama Press | Made You Look | The Make Den | Moksha Yoga Danforth | Theresa Morin | One of a Kind Show | Opera Atelier | Palais Royale | John and Joanne Petrie | Arlene Rosenberg & David Shlagbaum | Royal Ontario Museum | Saman Design Inc. | Brian Smith | Stratford Festival | Swipe Design | Tafelmusik | Tarragon Theatre | TIFF Bell Lightbox | Toronto School of Art | Toronto Symphony Orchestra | Toronto Wine + Spirit Festival | Up in Frames

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Open Studio gratefully acknowledges the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, which last year invested $157 million to bring the arts to Canadians throughout the country; the Ontario Arts Council, an agency of the Government of Ontario; the City of Toronto through the Toronto Arts Council; and the Ontario Trillium Foundation, an agency of the Government of Ontario. Open Studio also acknowledges the generous support of its members and numerous foundations, corporations and individuals.