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2017 K.M. Hunter Artist Awards Winners Announced

Toronto, April 4, 2017 – The winners of the 2017 K.M. Hunter Artist Awards were announced today. The six winners will be honoured by the K.M. Hunter Charitable Foundation at an event at the Gladstone Hotel in Toronto later in May.

A prize of $8,000 was awarded in each of six arts disciplines to:

Dance   Apolonia Velasquez, Toronto
Literature        Marianne Apostolides, Toronto
Media Arts   Elizabeth Lazebnik, Toronto
Music (world music)   Jaron Freeman-Fox, Toronto
Theatre   Claire Calnan, Hamilton
Visual Arts   Maura Doyle, Ottawa

The annual awards are given to Ontario residents to support mid-career, professional artists who have a reasonable body of work, a fair degree of public exposure, have made an impact in their chosen field and demonstrate an original artistic voice within their artistic tradition.  The awards are a means of encouraging their craft and propelling them to the next level.

“We are very impressed at the caliber of artists our awards attract and wish all the winners this year great success in the pursuit of their work,” says Sarah Hunter, President, K.M. Hunter Charitable Foundation. “We also would like to thank Eleanor Hart, Damiano Pietropaolo, and Bernard Leroux in helping chair our juries this year.  We welcome this year's winners into the growing family of artists who have received the K.M. Hunter Artist Awards.” 

Since the awards were created in 1995, 133 artists have received awards totaling $892,500.

The Ontario Arts Council (OAC) Awards Office administers the nomination process for the K.M. Hunter Artist Awards.  OAC juries nominate candidates from OAC project grant programs that accept applications from professional artists in each of the Award categories. The K.M. Hunter Charitable Foundation convenes six juries to select the winners of the awards.  The awards are financed by a gift from the K.M. Hunter Charitable Foundation to the Ontario Arts Foundation.

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For more information, please contact:

Alan Walker
Executive Director, Ontario Arts Foundation     
(416) 969-7413, awalker@arts.on.ca
Sarah Hunter
President, K.M. Hunter Charitable Foundation


The K.M. Hunter Charitable Foundation is committed to supporting organizations in Social Services, the Arts, the LGBTQ community, homeless and disadvantaged youth, Aboriginal voices, Women, and Environmental Issues. 

For more than 50 years, the Ontario Arts Council has played a vital role in promoting and assisting the development of the arts for the enjoyment and benefit of Ontarians. In 2015-2016, OAC funded 1,676 individual artists and 1,125 organizations in 209 Ontario communities, for a total of $50.5 million.

Ontario Arts Foundation (OAF) is passionately committed to building long-term support for the arts in Ontario. In 2015-2016, the OAF paid over $3.0 million in endowment income and $300,000 in awards and scholarships."

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