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"She demonstrates respect for the artists she interviews, and for the readers who follow her work."

Whether she's writing criticism, reviewing, blogging or tweeting, Nancy Tousley is either creating a buzz in Canada’s art scene or is plugged into one.

As art critic of the Calgary Herald for more than 30 years, Tousley became known for making art accessible and relevant. Described as engaged, committed, meticulous, modest and fair, she demonstrates respect for the artists she interviews, and for the readers who follow her work. She has earned acclaim as a writer for art publications, including Canadian Art magazine and exhibition catalogues, as an independent curator and for the numerous awards she has received for outstanding achievement in arts journalism.

Nomination statement by Peter White, independent curator and writer

Art is a form of knowledge

Nancy talks about the benefits of blogging, the role arts play in our society and how journalists and art critics help us understand the context within which artists work.

Upholding the public interest

Nancy discusses what it takes to be an arts journalist and art critic.