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Governor General’s Awards in Visual and Media Arts

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March 21, 2011

Celebrating Visual and Media Arts at Rideau Hall


OTTAWA—His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, accompanied by Her Excellency Sharon Johnston, will present the 2011 Governor General’s Awards in Visual and Media Arts during a ceremony at Rideau Hall, on Wednesday, March 23, 2011, at 6 p.m.

The Governor General’s Awards in Visual and Media Arts are Canada’s foremost awards for excellence in these artistic disciplines. The prizes are awarded annually to visual and media artists for distinguished career achievement in visual arts, architecture, independent film and video, or audio and new media. The awards include the Saidye Bronfman Award for excellence in the fine crafts. One prize is also awarded annually for outstanding contributions to the visual and/or media arts in a volunteer or professional capacity. Each laureate receives $25,000.

For the first time, beginning in 2011, the laureates of the Governor General’s Awards in Visual and Media Arts will receive a bronze medallion, designed by the Canadian Heraldic Authority at the Chancellery of Honours and produced by the Royal Canadian Mint. The medallion will be unveiled during this year’s ceremony.

The following laureates will be honoured this year:

  • Geneviève Cadieux, photographer
  • Robert Fones, visual artist
  • Michael Morris, visual, performance artist
  • David Rimmer, filmmaker
  • Barbara Sternberg, filmmaker
  • Shirley Wiitasalo, painter
  • Nancy Tousley, art critic (Outstanding Contribution)
  • Kye-Yeon Son, metalsmith (Saidye Bronfman Award)

For more information on the Governor General’s Awards in Visual and Media Arts and this year’s laureates, please visit



Media wishing to cover this event are asked to confirm their attendance with Rideau Hall Press Office, and must arrive at the Princess Anne Entrance no later than 5:45 p.m.


Media information:                                       

Christelle Legault
Rideau Hall Press Office

Heather McAfee
Canada Council for the Arts
613-566-4414, ext. 4166