Meet the 2016 Ottawa Arts Council Award Finalists

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Finalists for the RBC Emerging Artist Award and Ottawa Arts Council Mid-Career Artist Award were announced at a reception at Arts Court on March 10, 2016. Take a few moments to learn about this year's finalists.

Ottawa Arts Council Mid-Career Artist Award Nominees

Born in Montpellier, France, Martin Golland lived in Turkey, Puerto Rico, Miami and Toronto before moving to Ottawa.  He received his MFA from the University of Guelph in 2006 and his BFA from Concordia University in 1998.  He has exhibited nationally and internationally, including Human Nature at the Carleton University Art Gallery, Imaging Disaster at Museum London, ON (2013), The Archivist’s Etagère at Birch Contemporary in Toronto (2012), and Dark Town at Felix Ringel Galerie, Dusseldorf (2007).  Golland received an Honourable Mention at the 11th Annual RBC painting competition, which was exhibited in various museums and galleries across Canada.  His is currently an associate professor in painting at the University of Ottawa.

David O’Meara is the author of four collections of poetry, including Storm still, The Vicinity, Noble Gas, Penny Black and a play, Disaster. His books have been shortlisted for the Gerald Lampert Award, the ReLit Prize, the Trillium Book Award, the K.M. Hunter Award, and have won the Archibald Lampman Award three times.  His most recent book A Pretty Sight (2013) won the 2014 Ottawa Book Award.  He has been the director of the Plan 99 Reading Series, the Artistic Director for VERSeFest (Canada’s International Poetry Festival), was a jurist for the 2012 Griffin Poetry Prize, and is listed in the Canadian Who’s Who.

Jean Stéphane Roy has accumulated many years of theatrical experience since 1989. Multidisciplinary artist and pedagogue, Jean Stéphane has marked the Canadian scene as much as the Quebec scene with his talent as actor, author, director, and professor at l’École nationale de théâtre du Canada and at l’Option-Théâtre du Collège Lionel-Groulx, amongst others. 

He has been established in the National Capital region for several years, where he teaches at the University of Ottawa Theatre Department. Since 2010, he has headed Théâtre la Catapulte where he notably directed Alberine en cinq temps, Ik Onkar, Les Médecins de Molière, and Zone. His last three productions have earned the Rideau Awards for Production of the year in 2010, 2012 and 2013.

RBC Emerging Artist Award Nominees

Jamaal Jackson Rogers, stage name JustJamaal ThePoet, is a professional artist, creative entrepreneur and arts educator. As an artist he is a poet/writer, spoken word practitioner, rap emcee and stage performer. As an entrepreneur he is the Director of Fly Poets Society and Make Spoken Work Go Viral; creating urban arts events in Ottawa for patrons to enjoy. In the past three years he has brought his energy and message of art culture to audiences of diverse background and interests. His defining moments are when he makes intimate connections with his listeners during his workshop and performance sets.

Meredith Snider is an interdisciplinary artist residing in Ottawa/Gatineau.  Over the last three years she has facilitated visual art workshops and lectures for Senior Citizens and is a founding member of PDA Projects.  Her videos have been screened in media festivals in Turkey, Romania and Canada and she is currently producing time-based media for SAW Video’s Cultural Engineering project.  Snider received an Ontario Arts Council grant in 2014 and had a solo exhibition at Central Art Garage in Ottawa in 2015.  She has been awarded a studio through the City of Ottawa Artist Studio Program from March 2017 to Ferbruary 2018.

Following her training in speech therapy, Caroline Yergeau completed a Bachelor in Theatre at the University of Ottawa. She performed in Ti-Jean de partout and Parcours Vanier. She produced the Gala des prix Trille Or 2013 and Ontario Pop 2011. Caroline founded Théâtre Belevédère, where she is currently Artistic Director. There she produced Porc-épic, for which she was recognized at the 2013 Prix Rideau Awards. She co-authored and performed in Fucking Carl, which was recognized at the Ottawa Fringe Festival and the Prix Rideau Awards in 2014.