Recipients announced at CAO Arts Awards Lunch on April 25, 2012

The Council for the Arts in Ottawa presented the much-anticipated CAO Arts Awards Lunch in the in the Salon of the Canadian Museum of Nature on April 25, 2012. RBC Financial is the Founding Partner for this invitation-only event, where winners were announced for three prestigious awards. More than 160 artists, arts patrons, business leaders, politicians and cultural staff were in attendance to celebrate and recognize outstanding contributions to the arts in the Ottawa area.

Guests were greeted in the Rotunda with sparkling wine and the guitar stylings of Garry Elliot. A delicious lunch, provided by Thyme and Again Creative Catering, followed in the Salon. Ottawa Actor Pierre Brault was a delightful MC, his natural wit keeping the guests entertained throughout the event. Mayor Watson shared his support for the local arts community and presented the Victor Tolgesy Arts Award.

CAO worked with RBC Financial to establish the RBC Emerging Artist Award in Ottawa. They generously provided $5,000 for the finalist and $1,000 each for the two short listed finalists.

Mann and Partners, LLP join GGFL, LLP in providing a $5,000 cash prize for the CAO Mid-Career Artists Award recipient and $1,000 each for the two short listed finalists. This award was established in 2007 to encourage artists who had advanced beyond the emerging stage of their careers.

The Victor Tolgesy Arts Award was inaugurated in 1987 by the City of Ottawa and the CAO to recognize the accomplishments of residents who have contributed substantially to enriching cultural life in the city. To date, 22 individuals have received this award. In addition to a cash prize of $5,000, the recipient received a special bronze casting of the 1963 work by Victor Tolgesy titled "Seed and Flower".

The three finalists for each award were announced at the CAO Sweetheart Cocktail for the Arts on February 14 at La Nouvelle Scène.

Victor Tolgesy Arts Award

Sponsored by the Council for the Arts in Ottawa and the City of Ottawa
Recipient receives Bronze casting of Victor Tolgesy's sculpture Seed and Flower and a cash prize of $5,000.


Jerry Grey - Visual Artist 

Patrice James - Media Artist and Arts Administrator

Tedd Robinson - Artistic Director / Choreographer

Recipient: Jerry Grey - Visual Artist

Jerry Grey has been a vibrant presence on the Ottawa arts scene for over forty years. Born in Vancouver, she studied in the West including at the Emma Lake Artists Workshop. Her major works of public art and her extensive representation in public and private collection have enhanced Ottawa with a high caliber of artistic achievement. Her profound and sustained commitment to the arts community, including the performing arts of music and dance, has been expressed through extensive and valued participation in numerous committees and fundraising activities. Her contagious enthusiasm continues to be an inspiration, encouraging Ottawa's arts community.


CAO Mid-Career Artist Award

Sponsored by Mann & Partners, LLP and GGFL, LLP
Cash prizes of $5,000 for the recipient and $1,000 for the other two finalists


Uta Riccius - Visual Artist 

Brian Smith - Set and Costume Designer

Anne-Marie White - Director and Playwright

Recipient: Brian Smith

Brian Smith's designs have been mounted across Canada and internationally for both French and English theatre. His credits include set and costume designs for: The Great Canadian Theatre Company, Centaur Theatre, Tarragon Theatre, The Grand Theatre, Théâtre du Nouvel-Ontario, Théâtre la Catapulte, Le Théâtre du Trillium, Théâtre français de Toronto, Platypus Theatre, Théâtre de I'Íle, Omnibus, and Infinithéâtre amongst others. He has taught scenography at Bishop's University, the University of Ottawa and the National Theatre School of Canada, from where he is also a graduate. He is also a graduate of the Carleton University School of Industrial Design.


RBC Emerging Artist Award

Sponsored by RBC Foundation
Cash prize of $5,000 for the recipient and $1,000 for the other two finalists


Hilde Lambrechts - Visual Artist

Amanda Rheaume - Singer / Songwriter

Howie Tsui - Visual Artist

Recipient: Howie Tsui - Visual Artist

Ottawa artist Howie Tsui was born in Hong Kong (1978) and raised in Nigeria and Thunder Bay. He holds an Honours BFA in painting from the University of Waterloo (2002). In 2005, he received the Joseph S. Stauffer Prize from the Canada Council for most outstanding young visual artist. His work is held by the Canada Council Art Bank, City of Ottawa, and Le Centre d'exposition de Baie-Saint-Paul, and has been exhibited internationally. Solo exhibitions include Gallery 101, Carleton University Art Gallery, AceArtinc (Winnipeg), Montréal arts interculturels and Centre A (Vancouver); upcoming shows include the Agnes Etherington Art Centre (Kingston), the Boston University School of Fine Arts and the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco.

The CAO would like to thank the City of Ottawa, RBC Foundation, Mann and Partners, LLP, GGFL, LLP and Ferguslea Properties Ltd for their support of the CAO Arts Awards Program.