AWARDS 2002 – Introduction


The Jury
Press Kit
Downloadable Images


The Governor General's Awards in Visual and Media Arts, Canada's foremost distinctions for excellence in the visual and media arts, were created in 1999 by the Governor General of Canada and the Canada Council for the Arts, which funds and administers the awards.

Six $15,000 prizes are awarded annually to visual and media artists for distinguished career achievement in fine arts (painting, drawing, photography, print-making and sculpture, including installation and other three-dimensional work), applied arts (architecture and fine crafts), independent film and video, or audio and new media. One $15,000 prize is awarded annually for outstanding contributions to the visual and/or media arts in a volunteer or professional capacity.

This year's winners will also be presented with an original mixed media work by visual artist Jamelie Hassan, laureate of a Governor General's Award in Visual and Media Arts in 2001.

Nominees must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada. They must be nominated by specialists in the visual or media arts. A peer assessment committee, comprising senior visual and media arts professionals chosen by the Canada Council (Cameron Bailey, Murray Favro, Yvan Gauthier, Karen Love, Mathew Nuqingaq, Carol A. Phillips and Serge Tousignant) selected the 2002 laureates.

Each year, the Canada Council for the Arts awards prizes and fellowships to more than 100 Canadian artists and scholars for excellence in the arts, humanities and sciences.