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The Sobey Art Foundation and the National Gallery of Canada announced the five artists shortlisted for the 2022 Sobey Art Award. Globally recognized as one of the world’s most generous and prestigious prizes for contemporary visual artists, the Sobey Art Award is a catalyst for the careers and work of visual artists in Canada of all ages. The winner will be announced at a gala ceremony at the National Gallery of Canada this fall.

“The Sobey Art Foundation is thrilled to celebrate these five inspiring visual artists from across Canada who have been shortlisted for the 2022 Sobey Art Award in its 19th iteration,” said Rob Sobey, Chair, Sobey Art Foundation. “On behalf of the Foundation I’d like to thank the 2022 jury and our presenting partner the National Gallery of Canada. Each year we strive to share and explore the artistic visions and practices of these gifted individuals with audiences from coast to coast to coast, and I personally can’t wait to see the exhibition of their works at the National Gallery this fall.”

The five visual artists shortlisted for the 2022 Sobey Art Award from across the five regions of Canada are:

Atlantic: Tyshan Wright
Quebec: Stanley Février
Ontario: Azza El Siddique
Prairies & North: Divya Mehra
West Coast & Yukon: Krystle Silverfox

Founded in 2002, the Sobey Art Award is funded by the Sobey Art Foundation and organized and presented by the National Gallery of Canada. The award propels the careers of artists through financial support and recognition in Canada and beyond.

The 2022 award structure, totalling 400,000 CAD, is as follows:

100,000 CAD to the overall winner
25,000 CAD to each of the four shortlisted finalists
10,000 CAD to each of the 20 longlisted finalists

An independent jury consisting of curators from five regions (Atlantic Canada, Quebec, Ontario, the Prairies and the North, and the West Coast and Yukon), as well an international juror, oversaw the longlist selection process and continued to participate in deliberations to select this shortlist.


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