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The Joseph Plaskett Award Recipients


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Jason Stovall accepts award at 2017 RCA event
at Aga Khan Museum in Toronto, May 6, 2017

2017 Winner - Jason Stovall


Jason Stovall completed his MFA in 2016 at Western University in London, Ontario and is currently based in Victoria, British Columbia. Stovall writes that his graphic figurative paintings are about “the hesitation to admit a physical and emotional need for others,” and are informed by his experiences growing up queer in Alberta. Born in 1989 in Edmonton, Alberta, but raised in the oil sands area, the mixed suburban and industrial setting of Fort McMurray is the starting point for “the juxtaposing of issues such as power and tension with themes of identity and masculinity” in Stovall's work. His upbringing, heavily influenced by the conservative and religious values of Alberta, and by the transient workforce constantly coming and going from the oil sands, combines to form the basis of his subject matter.

The jury was unanimously enthusiastic about Jason Stovall’s paintings and wrote: “Their formal strength was immediately apparent, arresting the jury’s attention through their idiosyncratic compositions and Jason’s sophisticated and surprising use of colour. His evocative narrative content was palpable in the paintings themselves, and subsequently confirmed by his articulate written statement. Jason Stovall seamlessly weaves content and form together into intriguing paintings that are vulnerable, affective, human, touching, and emotional.”

Jason had a strong letter of support from Sky Glabush Associate Professor in Visual Arts at Western. He plans to visit important museums and immerse himself in various European cultures that he believes are more disposed to figurative painting than those he’s encountered in North America. He is specifically eager to see in person the work of Bacon, Hockney, Matisse, and Picasso. Jason gave a gracious speech at the award ceremony held at the RCA annual gathering the Aga Khan Museum in Toronto in May 2017, and has the full confidence of the Joseph Plaskett Foundation as he goes forward.


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  • Alexander Irving and Landon Mackenzie announce 2017 Plaskett Winner
    Alexander Irving and Landon Mackenzie announce 2017 Plaskett Winner
  • Jason Stovall "Touch" 2016
    Jason Stovall "Touch" 2016
  • Jason Stovall "Monkey on Your back" 2015
    Jason Stovall "Monkey on Your back" 2015
  • Jason Stovall "Waves" 2016
    Jason Stovall "Waves" 2016






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Ambera Wellmann

2016 Winner - Ambera Wellmann


Ambera Wellmann was born in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia and attended the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design starting in 2007 where she focused primarily on painting, drawing and printmaking. In 2010 she studied at Cooper Union School of Art in New York City. She graduates with her Master of Fine Arts Degree from the University of Guelph in 2016.

As well as winning the Joseph Plaskett Award, Wellmann is the recipient of Project grants from the Province of Nova Scotia, a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Creation Grant from the Government of Canada, and two Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Awards. Wellmann has been an artist in residence at the Arteles Centre in Finland (2013). She has exhibited work across Canada and the United States and has several exhibitions forthcoming.

The Plaskett Award expert panel was based in Vancouver. David MacWilliam, Gary Pearson and Allyson Clay (with translation support from Caroline Mousseau) enthusiastically wrote:

sunk"The jury was struck by the difficult beauty of the subject of Ambera Wellmann’s paintings and admired her virtuosic painting abilities and her confidence in engaging the grotesque and the uncanny. Her choice to represent porcelain objects as surrogates for the human body and her low-chroma, lush chiaroscuro painting of these objects is compelling. The committee further recognizes how this award will afford her the ability to see other historical objects, art, and artifacts in Europe that will resonate intimately with her subject matter."

Wellmann travelled to Vancouver in May 2016 where she received the Award at a ceremony at the Equinox Gallery in front of the art community. This was followed by a second announcement and celebration at the 136th RCA gala dinner at the Western Front. She expects to focus her next year in research and studio production in Paris and Berlin and the Joseph Plaskett Foundation is thrilled to grant her this opportunity.


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  • Artist Caroline Mousseau announces the Plaskett Award at the RCA gala. Photo: Pauline Petit
    Artist Caroline Mousseau announces the Plaskett Award at the RCA gala. Photo: Pauline Petit
  • <em>Judith</em>, 33" x 34", Oil on Wood, 2016
    Judith, 33" x 34", Oil on Wood, 2016
  • <em>Monkey</em>, 30" x 31", Oil on Wood, 2016
    Monkey, 30" x 31", Oil on Wood, 2016
  • <em>An Apple Bright</em>, Oil on Wood, 18" x 18", 2015
    An Apple Bright, Oil on Wood, 18" x 18", 2015






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Stanzie Tooth

2015 Winner - Stanzie Tooth


We are thrilled to announce that Stanzie Tooth is this year’s recipient of the 2015 Joseph Plaskett Award. This $25,000 prize is the legacy of the generous, Canadian-born artist and philanthropist, Joseph Plaskett (1918 – 2014). The award was established in 2004 to support a mature Canadian MFA student to travel and make art in Europe for one year. Congratulations Stanzie!

When the formation of the Plaskett Foundation was announced in 2004, Mr. Plaskett said, "I created this award in emulation of what Emily Carr did for me in 1946. I would like young Canadian artists to enjoy the privileges I experienced more than a half century ago. Europe and, above all, France, have left me richer in knowledge and experience. Although things have changed a great deal since I first travelled and studied abroad, the lesson of Europe and it's past is always waiting for those ready to learn."

The 2015 jury was based in Ottawa and included Jonathan Shaughnessey, Curator, National Gallery of Canada; Governor General Award winner Carol Wanio, and former Plaskett recipient and painter Jennifer Lefort (chair). The award is administered in partnership between the Joseph Plaskett Foundation and the Royal Academy of Arts (RCA) and this year included the inaugural runner up prize of $10,000 named the Nancy Petry Award, which was given to Rachel Crummey. The awards were presented to Stanzie and Rachel at the RCA’s 135th Annual General Assembly held at the Musee d’art contemporain in Montreal on May 16.

paintingStanzie Tooth is an MFA candidate at the University of Ottawa. In 2007 she received her BFA from the Ontario College of Art & Design with an award for excellence in painting. Her work has been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions across Canada including “60 Painters” at Humber College, an ambitious overview of contemporary Canadian painting. Stanzie is represented by General Hardware Contemporary, Toronto.

Stanzie's MFA thesis exhibition, titled Hand to Ground, will take place at the City of Ottawa's Karsh Masson Gallery, beginning August 1st, 2015. The Department of Visual Arts at the University of Ottawa is proud of its ongoing partnerships with local and regional Arts presenters and institutions. MFA thesis exhibitions are held annually in August, in professional venues across the Ottawa-Gatineau region.


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  • Stanzie Tooth
    Stanzie Tooth
  • Landon Mackenzie and guests at the Plaskett / Petry Reception. All photos by Guy Lavigueur
    Landon Mackenzie and guests at the Plaskett / Petry Reception. All photos by Guy Lavigueur
  • Stanzie Tooth accepts her award at the Musee d'art contemporain
    Stanzie Tooth accepts her award at the Musee d'art contemporain
  • Jury Chair Jennifer Lefort and Mackenzie make award announcement, RCA Presidents Dinner
    Jury Chair Jennifer Lefort and Mackenzie make award announcement, RCA Presidents Dinner






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Collin Johanson

2014 Winner - Collin Johanson


The Joseph Plaskett Foundation wishes to congratulate Collin Johanson!

Johanson was awarded the eleventh $25,000 Joseph Plaskett Award during a special presentation to celebrate ten years of the Plaskett Award. The presentation, exhibition and reception was held at the beautiful new Equinox Gallery in Vancouver on Friday, May 9, 2014. The Vancouver art community was invited.

This year's jury of respected artists was held in Winnipeg and included Mark Neufeld (Chair), Associate Professor at the University of Manitoba and recipient of the Inaugural Joseph Plaskett Award; Paul Butler, Curator of Contemporary Art at the Winnipeg Art Gallery and Eleanor Bond, Associate Professor at Concordia University and renowned Winnipeg based artist.

The jury unanimously recommended Montreal based Collin Johanson who according to the jury "presented a strong body of expressive abstract paintings. While rooted in European Modernism, his paintings investigate approaches to abstraction while personal elements acknowledge contemporary preoccupations with the subject."

worksPaul Butler complimented Johanson's commitment to his practice and noted "there is a joy that comes through painting, which comes from tireless experimentation and pushes the boundaries of painting".

worksCollin Johanson graduated from Emily Carr University in 2004 with a B.F.A. and from Concordia University in 2013 with a M.F.A. His work has already begun to receive attention. Notably he was a semi-finalist for the RBC Painting Competition (2008) and included in several group shows since 2005. He has presented solo exhibitions at Access and LES Gallery in Vancouver. Most recently he presented his work in the group show, A Process of Recognition, at Battat Contemporary in Montreal. Johanson intends to base himself in Berlin while also taking time to visit the museums in Paris.

His award was also announced as is the tradition within the partnership with the RCA during the President's Dinner of the 135th Annual General Assembly of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts (RCA) which was held at the Art Gallery of Edmonton to large applause on May 17, 2014.


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  • Landon Mackenzie introduces Johanson
    Landon Mackenzie introduces Johanson
  • Artist Tak Tanabe speaks about Joe Plaskett
    Artist Tak Tanabe speaks about Joe Plaskett
  • Winner fetted by Neil Campbell and Chief Curator of VAG Daina Augautis and others
    Winner fetted by Neil Campbell and Chief Curator of VAG Daina Augautis and others
  • Collin Johanson receives award from Jury Chair Mark Neufel
    Collin Johanson receives award from Jury Chair Mark Neufel






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2013 Winner - Julie Trudel


Julie Trudel is the winner of The 2013 Plaskett Award! This prize of 25,000, which is nicknamed "The Plaskett" is now in its tenth year! The award allows her to spend a year painting in Europe and Berlin in 2014. Currently she is in her studio in Montreal where she is creating a new body of work for a new solo show in January 2014 at Hugues Charbonneau Gallery. The prize was announced to audiences both at her home Université du Québec à Montréal by UQAM Art Gallery Director Louise Dery, and two days later at the 134th Annual Assembly of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts (RCA), which was held at the Empress Hotel in Victoria in May, 2013.

After hours of deliberation and carefully reviewing the submissions Julie Trudel from UQAM (Montréal) was chosen as the winner. The Jury wrote that Trudel was chosen for her intense and innovative approach to abstraction in painting: "In her painting she investigates mechanical colour reproduction systems (e.g. CMYK) that she manually applies to variously shaped panels. This results in highly evocative and illusionistic surfaces that remind one of weavings or microscopic photography."

Jury member Robert Youds continued: "In my opinion the finalist's work stood out above the majority of the other candidates for what seemed to me to be solid reasons; 1) the recipients work has the appearance of extending abstract painting from a generalized vernacular into a form of specifics that involves not only the use of her own hand but perhaps speaks towards systems of reproduction in general (both mechanical and digital). I think this double-play affords the work something quite unique, and yet timely. 2) Her work owes a certain debt to earlier (particularly Quebec) abstraction - but is not held back, nor is simply mimicking past histories."

Julie TrudelThe jury process in Vancouver was witnessed by Plaskett Board Member Pierre Lapointe who came specifically for it from Montreal and by Caroline Mousseau (SFU) who provided technical assistance and French translation and who is also the 2013 guest artist - designer for the ad in Canadian Art magazine (Fall 2013). Jen Aitken, MFA Sculpture candidate at University of Guelph, sorted the files at the RCA in Toronto and general coordination was by Plaskett Trustee/RCA Liaison Landon Mackenzie.

BIO: Julie Trudel, 2013 The Plaskett Award, has been active as a painter since 2008. Based in Montreal, she has had solo exhibitions there including Projet CMYK - phase 1 at Maison de la culture Maisonneuve (2011) and Projet CMYK - phase 2 at Optica Centre for Contemporary Art (2012). Her work has been shown in several group exhibitions in Quebec, Canada, France and Japan, including the acclaimed The Painting Project at Galerie de l'UQAM (2013). Trudel holds an MFA from Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM, 2012) and has received several research grants, including one from the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec (2013) and another from the Canada Council for the Arts (2012). Twice she has been a finalist for the RBC Prize. In both years 2011 and 2012 Trudel was chosen as a national finalist in the RBC Canadian Painting Competition and her work exhibited in those exhibitions. In 2012 she was the runner up for The Plaskett Award with a jury based in Halifax. Her paintings can be found in several public and private collections in Quebec, Canada and France. She is represented by Hugues Charbonneau Gallery in Montreal.


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  • Landon Mackenzie with Julie Trudel after presenting Award
    Landon Mackenzie with Julie Trudel after presenting Award
  • Landon Mackenzie and Renee Van Halm with Trudel, RCA Plaskett Reception
    Landon Mackenzie and Renee Van Halm with Trudel, RCA Plaskett Reception






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Design: Leigh Bridges

2012 Winner - Phil Delisle


The 9th Plaskett Winner is announced! Philip Delisle is the 2012 Recipient of The $25,000 Plaskett Award.

This spring at a gathering of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts, with many senior Canadian artists and designers in attendance, RCA Awards Chair Renee Van Halm presented Philip Delisle with his prize. The 2012 Plaskett Reception was held May 26th before the Presidents' Dinner of the Annual General Assembly of the RCA at the Battery Hotel in St. John's, Newfoundland.

The RCA meeting and Plaskett award process moves each year and the excellent jury for this year was based in Halifax. Included were Jan Peacock, the Governor General Award Winner in Visual Arts for 2012, Alex Livingston, painter and Professor at NSCAD University (who excused himself in the final votes to avoid perceived conflict) and Peter Dykhuis, Director of the Dalhousie University Art Gallery. Award Coordinator Landon Mackenzie, Professor at Emily Carr University in Vancouver, joined the jury by Skype at the final short list.

Phil DelisleThe jury complimented the practice of Philip Delisle stating that he intends to use the award to "exercise a close examination of historical art sites and museums". They wrote, "As Delisle's work is highly dependent on complex systems of linear perspective, it will be beneficial for him to be able to experience the paintings where these systems were invented in the development of the modern perspectival system." Delisle's works "explore the conventions of framing; often having many paintings within paintings. In recent works he has sought to leave evidence of process by allowing areas to be fragmented or suggestive." Already Delisle has been granted permission to make special photographs at the Louvre in Paris and in Madrid's special collections.

Phil Delisle's work has already has received attention before winning The Plaskett Award. Notable awards include a grant from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation as well as Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, and Toronto Arts Council. He has had solo exhibitions at Artcite, Windsor; Forest City, London; and his thesis show "Strange Connections and Framing Conventions" was at the Anna Leonowens Gallery in Halifax. As well he has had group shows at Page and Strange, Halifax; Art M˚r, Montreal; The Kitchener Waterloo Art Gallery; Cambridge Galleries; Propeller in Toronto; Gallery 101 in Ottawa and the Art Gallery of Peel. Delisle obtained his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Waterloo and his Master of Fine Art from Nova Scotia's NSCAD University in 2012. He is now based in Ontario.


photo credit: Jacob Mailman


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  • Renee Van Halm from RCA Governing Council presents Phil with his award.
    Renee Van Halm from RCA Governing Council presents Phil with his award.
  • Phil gives an artist talk for members of the RCA at the Annual General Assembly.
    Phil gives an artist talk for members of the RCA at the Annual General Assembly.






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Winner's announcement in Canadian Art magazine
Design: Stefanie Fiore
(Image courtesy of Canadian Art Magazine)

2011 Winner - Jessica Groome


Jessica Groome is the winner of The 8th Plaskett Award. Selected by a jury of artists, who are all respected painters and educators, Groome is an excellent choice to continue the values of the Plaskett life-changing formula! She is an abstract painter who recently completed her MFA at the University of Guelph and holds a BFA from the Emily Carr University of Art + Design.

The Prize is gaining more attention every year, and the selection was difficult with so many strong candidates to choose from. This year's jury was based in Toronto and included Shirley Wiitasalo, winner of the 2011 Governor General's Award who also teaches at the University of Toronto, Laura Millard, Painting and Drawing Head, Ontario College of Art and Design (OCAD University), and Professor John Kissick, Director of the School of Music and Fine Arts at the University of Guelph who at the end of rigorous debate left for the final vote to avoid any potential conflict of interest. Jessica Groome says of her work; "I am driven to paint in dialogue with a moment. I respond to the effects of sunshine, rain, cloud cover, snow, dusk, dawn, shadow and season. My work depends on the abundance of such ever-changing natural elements visible in my studio." A year working in Europe will be a great experience in the development of her art practice.


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  • Landon Mackenzie presents winner Jessica Groome with the first installment
of her award
    Landon Mackenzie presents winner Jessica Groome with the first installment of her award
  • Jessica Groome is celebrated as the winner of The 8th Plaskett Award. Senior artists such as FASTWURMS, NE Thing Co's Iain Baxter & and
David Hoffos are among the guests.
    Jessica Groome is celebrated as the winner of The 8th Plaskett Award. Senior artists such as FASTWURMS, NE Thing Co's Iain Baxter & and David Hoffos are among the guests.

  • Photo portrait of Groome is by Nadia Belerique
    Photo portrait of Groome is by Nadia Belerique






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Megan Hepburn and Joe Plaskett
(photo courtesy of Guy Lavigueur)

2010 Winner - Megan Hepburn


THE JOSEPH PLASKETT FOUNDATION and the RCA are pleased to announce the 2010 recipient of The Plaskett Award for excellence in painting. The award was announced at the 130th anniversary of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts at the Château Frontenac in Quebec City with her Excellency, the Governor General, in attendance. The painter Joseph Plaskett, turning 92 years old, graciously traveled to Canada to give the $25,000 award to emerging Vancouver-Montreal artist Megan Hepburn.

Megan Hepburn was delighted to receive the award and to meet Mr. Plaskett and the Governor General and to be celebrated in front of a large audience of accomplished artists and guests. She plans to travel to Denmark to begin her Plaskett year.

megan hepburnHepburn was born in Vancouver in 1982 and grew up in Australia and Canada. She received her BFA from Emily Carr University in Vancouver in 2005 and she receives her MFA at Concordia University in Montreal in fall, 2010 where she also received the Velan Graduate Award (2008) in Painting. She is a member of the Montreal Committee for Reading Texts and Objects and was a participant in the international residency at the Banff Centre for the Arts: Why Are Conceptual Artists Painting Again?, Because, They Think It's a Good Idea, led by Jan Verwoert in 2009. Selected exhibitions include Stride Gallery in Calgary and Art Mur and The Basement Gallery in Montreal in 2009. Megan Hepburn is now the 2010 recipient of the esteemed Canadian The Plaskett Award for excellence in painting.


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  • Megan Hepburn receives award in Quebec City, May 2010
    Megan Hepburn receives award in Quebec City, May 2010
  • Joseph Plaskett and Foundation member/RCA Landon Mackenzie
    Joseph Plaskett and Foundation member/RCA Landon Mackenzie
  • Joseph-Richard Veilleux, organizer of the 130th anniversary of the RCA with Hepburn
    Joseph-Richard Veilleux, organizer of the 130th anniversary of the RCA with Hepburn
  • Landon Mackenzie concludes Plaskett Reception, Châteaux Frontenac
    Landon Mackenzie concludes Plaskett Reception, Châteaux Frontenac






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Winner's announcement in Canadian Art Magazine,
Fall 2009 issue. Design: Tobias Ottahal

2009 Winner - Vitaly Medvedovsky


Vitaly was born in Kharkov, Ukraine, and immigrated to Canada in 1998. After receiving his Honours BFA from the Ontario College of Art and Design, he completed an MFA in Painting at Concordia University, Montreal. Vitaly has participated in a number of group exhibitions in Montreal, Toronto, Philadelphia and Los Angeles, and has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant, and Concordia's Hitting the High Notes Fellowship.

As the recipient of The 2009 Plaskett Award and the inaugural Winsor Award at Concordia University, MFA candidate Vitaly Medvedovsky is gaining national recognition. Born in the former USSR, the artist draws on fractured memories of the Soviet Union to illustrate a childhood home that fell apart only months after he left. Medvedovsky resists staying rooted in pure nostalgia by combining historic references with elements of fantasy; as his country of origin is nowhere to be found, he takes the liberty to fill in the blanks.


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  • 2009 winner Vitaly Medvedofsky with RCA Gary Neill Kennedy and Landon Mackenzie at the Award Presentation held at the RCA Annual General Assembly in Calgary in June 2009.
    2009 winner Vitaly Medvedofsky with RCA Gary Neill Kennedy and Landon Mackenzie at the Award Presentation held at the RCA Annual General Assembly in Calgary in June 2009.
  • RCA Academicians and Calgary art community gather at The Plaskett Award Reception at the Stride Gallery in June.
    RCA Academicians and Calgary art community gather at The Plaskett Award Reception at the Stride Gallery in June.
  • Vitaly Medvedofsky receives The Plaskett Award from Landon Mackenzie, RCA Governing Coun
    Vitaly Medvedofsky receives The Plaskett Award from Landon Mackenzie, RCA Governing Coun
  • Vitaly Medvedofsky with one of his paintings at the Plaskett Reception at the Stride Gallery in Calgary.
    Vitaly Medvedofsky with one of his paintings at the Plaskett Reception at the Stride Gallery in Calgary.






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Nam Duc Nguyen with Joe Plaskett

2008 Winner - Nam Duc Nguyen


Nam Duc Nguyen was born in Edmonton in 1982, and studied at the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design in Vancouver where he received his BFA in 2005. He completed his MFA at NSCAD University in Halifax in 2008, receiving the Harrison McCain Scholarship and the NSCAD University Graduate Fellowship Award in 2006.

In 2007, he was a finalist for the RBC Painting Competition. Nguyen's paintings have received attention in several articles. Recent exhibitions include ImageObjectMaterial at the Anna Leonowens Gallery at NSCAD, 4x4 at Sees Gallery in Halifax, and Strange and Fantastic at Ideal Gallery in Calgary, all in 2008.

Nguyen moved to Berlin in 2009 to take up the Plaskett Award, where he continues to live and work.   » website: www.nampainting.com


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  • Nam Duc Nguyen with Joseph Plasket at Emily Carr University of Art and Design, 2008
    Nam Duc Nguyen with Joseph Plasket at Emily Carr University of Art and Design, 2008
  • Nam Duc Nguyen with Joseph Plasket at Emily Carr University of Art and Design, 2008
    Nam Duc Nguyen with Joseph Plasket at Emily Carr University of Art and Design, 2008






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Todd Tremeer, Gun Deck

2007 Winner - Todd Tremeer


Todd Tremeer was born in Bowmanville, Ontario in 1971. He studied at the Ontario College of Art and Design as well as the University of Guelph. He completed his MFA at the University of Western Ontario where he received the Mary Routledge Award and the Visual Arts Research and Travel Grant.

Recent Solo exhibitions include A Past Again at the Cambridge Centre for the Arts in Ontario and the Station Gallery in Whitby, Ontario in 2009, Replay, at the Latcham Gallery in Stouffville, Ontario in 2009 Painting History / History Painting at the University of Western's MacIntosh Gallery in 2007, and Things Unseen at the Visual Arts Centre in Bowmanville, Ontario in 2006.

Tremeer's work has been featured in several catalog publications and articles, and received the Plaskett Award in 2007.   » website: www.toddtremeer.com






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Ehryn Torrell, The Pink House, Installation

2006 Winner - Ehryn Torrell


Ehryn Torrell was born in 1977 in Newmarket, Canada and studied at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. She completed her MFA at NSCAD University in Halifax in 2006, where she received the Joseph Beuys Memorial Scholarship and 2nd Prize at the Graduate Research Conference.

In 2004 she received The Banff Centre Residency Scholarship. Torrell has exhibited her work across Canada and been featured in many publications and articles, most recently Carte Blanche Vol. 2: Painting, published by the Magenta Foundation in 2008.

Her most recent solo exhibition The pink house was shown at the Centre des arts actuels Skol in Montreal and at Gallery Connexion in Fredericton, New Brunswick, in 2008. Torrell was awarded Canada Council grants in 2007, 2008 and 2010 and The Plaskett Award in 2006.   » website: www.ehryntorrell.com






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Jennifer Lefort, Full of Yellow, 2005

2005 Winner - Jennifer Lefort


Jennifer Lefort was born in 1976 in Montreal, Canada, and completed an Honours BFA at Concorida University in Montreal in 2002. She received her MFA from York University in Toronto in 2006 and was awarded the Graduate Development Fund and the Ontario Graduate Scholarship Award in 2005.

Lefort has exhibited her paintings at several galleries in Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver, and has been featured in several publications and articles. She is represented by Parisian Laundry in Montreal.

Her solo exhibition in 2007 titled After Berlin developed after she received the Plaskett Award (2005), which led her to live in Berlin for a time. She was a semi-finalist in the RBC Painting Competition in 2007. Lefort lives and works in Toronto.   » website: www.parisianlaundry.com






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Mark Neufeld and Joe Plaskett

2004 Winner - Mark Neufeld


Mark Neufeld was born in Ladner, Canada and received a BFA from the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design in Vancouver in 1997. He completed his MFA at the University of Victoria in 2005, where he received two Fellowship Awards and the Jessie Allan Forsythe Scholarship. He also received a Canada Council Project Grant in 2007.

Neufeld was the inaugural Plaskett Award winner in 2004, and has since split his time between Berlin and Vancouver. He has shown his paintings in several international solo and group exhibitions in Berlin, Norway, Melbourne, Seattle, as well as Vancouver and Victoria.

Neufeld has been featured in many articles and publications, most recently in Carte Blanche Vol. 2: Painting, published by the Magenta Foundation in 2008.

His recent solo exhibition was called The Greenorn, at the Peter Wilde Gallery in Berlin. Neufeld teaches painting at Emily Carr University in Vancouver and at the University of Victoria.   » website: www.markneufeld.com






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Joseph Plaskett with Mario Ducet

The First Five Years Winners' Exhibition 2004 - 2008


Nam Duc Nguyen, Todd Tremeer, Ehryn Torrell, Jennifer Lefort, Mark Neufeld
Concourse Gallery Emily Carr Institute of Art + Design 1399 Johnston Street, Vancouver, Canada May 24 - June 5, 2008

In 2004, Joseph Plaskett established one of Canada's most significant art awards for Canadian graduate student painters. Each recipient receives $25,000 to travel and study abroad emulating the award opportunity given to Joseph Plaskett early in his career.


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  • John Vogel, Plaskett Foundation, at Plaskett Reception
    John Vogel, Plaskett Foundation, at Plaskett Reception






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