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K.M. Hunter Artist Award Winners Announced

Toronto, April 19, 2012 – The recipients of the 2012 K.M. Hunter Artist Awards were announced today. The seven recipients will be honoured by the K. M. Hunter Charitable Foundation at an event at the Gladstone Hotel later in May.

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

Dance    Darryl Hoskins, Toronto (co-winner of $4,000)
    Heidi Strauss, Toronto (co-winner of $4,000)
Film and Video   Ayelen Liberona, Toronto
Literature   Shani Mootoo, Toronto
Music (Classical)   Paul Frehner, London
Theatre   Rosa Laborde, Toronto
Visual Arts   Jean Marshall, Thunder Bay

These 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, and have made an impact in their chosen field and demonstrate an original artistic voice within their artistic tradition. Given at a critical moment in the artists' careers, the awards are a means of encouraging their craft and propelling them to the next level.

Since the awards were created in 1995, 103 artists have received awards totaling over $650,000.

"The K. M. Hunter Artist Award was inspired by an award I received in my early thirties that helped me realize I should take myself seriously as an artist and continue extending and developing my craft." says Martin Hunter.

The Ontario Arts Council (OAC) Awards Office administers the nomination process for the K. M. Hunter Artist Awards. OAC juries nominate candidates from a selection of English language OAC project-based granting programs. 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

The K.M. Hunter Charitable Foundation provides funding in the areas of social service, conservation, and cultural initiatives.

The Ontario Arts Council (OAC) is the province of Ontario's main funding body for professional arts activity. Since 1963, the OAC has played a vital role in promoting and assisting the development of the arts and artists for the enjoyment and benefit of Ontarians. In 2010-2011, the Ontario Arts Council funded 1,720 individual artists and 1,057 organizations in 223 communities across Ontario for a total of $52.3 million.

The Ontario Arts Foundation (OAF) works with arts patrons to build long-term support for the arts in Ontario.

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