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Artist Miguel Hernandez Autorino awarded the Laura Ciruls Painting Award

Toronto, October 11, 2022 - Miguel Hernandez Autorino (Peterborough) is this year’s recipient of the Laura Ciruls Painting Award.  The $7,000 award is given annually to recognize an Ontario based mid-career painter.

About Miguel Hernandez Autorino

Miguel Hernandez Autorino is a Venezuelan artist and designer who immigrated to Canada in 2014 and is now living in Peterborough. Miguel creates oil paintings, pencil drawings and murals. Miguel’s art is inspired by events and emotions that changed his life. He has participated in multiple juried shows. In the last year, Miguel has created multiple public pieces in downtown Peterborough, including at the Peterborough Regional Health Centre, and the New Canadians Centre. Miguel teaches one on one private lessons and drawing classes at the Art School of Peterborough. Miguel sits on the Board of Directors of the Art School of Peterborough as Co-chair and is an active volunteer in the community. @Autorino88jm 

About the Award

The Laura Ciruls Painting Award was established by Laura Ciruls, a professional graphic and web designer, as well as an acrylic and watercolour painter.  Through a bequest, Laura set up the Laura Ciruls Painting Award, to recognize artists like herself, who were contributing to the development of painting in Ontario.  

The Ontario Arts Foundation manages the endowment that funds the award. The Ontario Arts Council is responsible for the selection process. The award recipient is selected through the Ontario Arts Council’s peer assessment process from the applicants to one of the two annual Ontario Arts Council Visual Artists Creation Projects (Mid-career category) program deadlines.

Previous award winners include Roberto Rosenman (2021), Mike Gough (2020), and Alex Bierk (2019). See the full list of previous recipients.

Why I left, Oil on Canvas,  16” x 20” 2022


 For more information, please contact:

Bruce Bennett
Executive Director, Ontario Arts Foundation
Tel: (416) 969-7413

Established in 1991, the Ontario Arts Foundation (OAF) is passionately committed to building long-term support for the arts in Ontario. In 2021-2022, the OAF paid over $4.4 million in endowment income and $300,000 in awards and scholarships.

For more than 55 years, the Ontario Arts Council (OAC) has played a vital role in promoting and assisting the development of the arts for the enjoyment and benefit of Ontarians. In 2021-2022 the Ontario Arts Council invested $56.4 million in 237 communities across Ontario through 2,665 grants to individual artists and 1,050 grants to organizations. 

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