The Governor General's Awards in Visual and Media Arts, Canada's foremost distinctions for excellence in these artistic disciplines, were created in 1999 by the Governor General of Canada and the Canada Council for the Arts. The Canada Council funds and administers the awards.
Six 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 prize is awarded annually for outstanding contributions to the visual and / or media arts in a voluntary or professional capacity. The value of each award is $15,000. Each laureate will also be presented with an original artwork created by Nova Scotia ceramic artist Walter Ostrom, winner of the 2003 Saidye Bronfman Award.
A peer assessment committee of senior visual and media arts professionals selected the 2004 laureates. The committee consisted of artists Micheline Beauchemin, Evergon, Edward Poitras, Tom Sherman and Takao Tanabe, and art consultant Ian Lumsden.
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.
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