MoCP Partners with Grange Prize for Excellence in Photography

The Museum of Contemporary Photography is proud to partner with the Grange Prize in 2010 to help recognize the best in Canadian and international photography. The Grange Prize, now in its third year, is an annual award presented by the Art Gallery of Ontario and Aeroplan, a Canadian loyalty management company. These two institutions have formed a selection committee of four esteemed art professionals, including the MoCP’s own Karen Irvine, to narrow candidates to a shortlist of four artists, to be announced on May 26, 2010.

The Grange Prize winning photographer, to be chosen by the public via online vote, will receive $50,000. It is the only major Canadian art prize voted on by the public. As the press release explains, “each of the four shortlisted artists will participate in a ten-day residency: the Canadian nominees will travel to the U.S., and the American artists will visit Canada.” The three artists who are not selected to win the prize will receive $5,000 toward the creation of work developed during their residencies.

Of her participation in the selection committee and the MoCP partnership, Irvine cheerfully admits, “It is very exciting for us to serve as a partnering institution for the Grange Prize” because “the prize creates a unique dialogue between our two countries, and highlights some of the best photographers in both the U.S. and Canada.”

Both the AGO and the MoCP will host exhibitions of the four artists works this fall, prior to the voting period. Be sure to stop by to see the work in person before heading to the online polls!

Check back with our blog soon for updates and comments from Karen Irvine.

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2009 Grange Prize winner Marco Antonio Cruz, Andrea Islas Garcia, farmer, blind from cataracts, Buenavista Cummunity, Municipality of Otumba, State of Mexico, 1998. Via