2014 Arts Awards Presentation

2014 Ottawa Arts Council Presents 2014 Arts Awards

With friends, family and colleagues cheering on, artists and arts patrons gathered to recognize the leadership and creativity of those that create the cultural signature for the nation's capital.

With the sponsorship of RBC Financial, the Ottawa Arts Council hosted the Arts Awards Presentation Evening on April 22 in the Studio and Theatre of Arts Court.  This year’s event saw $20,000 awarded to recipients and finalists thanks to the generous sponsorship of RBC, Mann and Partners LLP and GGFL LLP.

Garry Elliott and Mark Ferguson played in the studio as guests gathered and after the awards’ presentation when the celebrations continued. Hugues Beaudoin-Dumouchel, our Emcee for the event, brought polish to the proceedings and gave plenty of opportunity for award recipients to give heartfelt thanks to their supporters.

Mayor Jim Watson was on hand to present the Victor Tolgesy Award.  This award was inaugurated in 1987 by the City of Ottawa and the Ottawa Arts Council to recognize the accomplishments of residents who have contributed substantially to enriching cultural life in the city.

Two finalists were announced in this category, Morton Baslaw and Victoria Henry, with the award presented to Victoria Henry.

Victoria Henry has been a key player in the cultural community in Ottawa for the last forty years.  Currently the Director of the Canada Council Art Bank, she is a collector, philanthropist, author, chair and board member on various boards and an artist/photographer.

Deborah Bourchier, Managing Partner from GGFL Chartered Accountants, and Heather Austin-Skaret, Partner from Mann & Partners, were on hand to present the Ottawa Arts Council Mid-Career Artist Award.  The award was introduced eight years ago to recognize the achievements of Ottawa artists who have evolved beyond an emerging stage in their career to become recognized professional working artists contributing to the Ottawa arts community.

The three finalists were Rolf Klausener, rob mclennan and Pier Rodier with the award presented to rob mclennan. 

rob mclennan is the author of more than twenty trade books of poetry, fiction and non-fiction. An editor and publisher, he runs above/ground press, Chaudiere Books, The Garneau Review, seventeen seconds: a journal of poetry and poetics, and the Ottawa Poetry pdf annual ottowater.

RBC’s Regional Vice President for Ottawa West Mike Haley was on hand to present the RBC Emerging Artist Award.  This award was introduced four years ago and recognizes and encourages the achievements of Ottawa artists who are founding their careers in the arts and are working towards becoming recognized professional artists while engaging with the community.

The three finalists were Sarah Hatton, Bronwyn Steinberg and Guillermo Trejo.  Sarah Hatton received the award.

Sarah Hatton was born in the UK, and raised in Barbados and Canada. She received her BFA from Queen’s University and her MFA from the University of Calgary, and is the recipient of numerous awards for art and academics. 

After the awards presentations, guests enjoyed a chance to mingle and take part in a special Balloon Draw with a champagne balloon ride provided by Remax as the top prize.

The Ottawa Arts Council would like to thank their award sponsors, Mayor Jim Watson, the City of Ottawa, Barefoot Wines, St. Ambroise Beers, Balloon Draw sponsors and all who nominated and supported this year’s nominees and finalists.