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Two winners, five Concordia finalists for Prix Pierre-Ayot and Prix Louis-Comtois

November 23, 2017
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By Marieke Gruwel

Concordians have won both the Prix Pierre-Ayot and the Prix Louis-Comtois this year.

On December 7, at the Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal, the city of Montréal and the Contemporary Art Galleries Association (AGAC) awarded the Prix Pierre-Ayot to Celia Perrin Sidarous (MFA 15) and the Prix Louis-Comtois to Sophie Jodoin (BFA 88). 

Historically, Concordia alumni have featured prominently in these awards.

The Prix Pierre-Ayot supports and promotes new visual arts creators. This award aims to help disseminate the work of young Montreal artists into galleries and artist-run centers. In the last five years, past winners of Prix Pierre-Ayot include Nicolas Grenier (BFA 04), Julie Favreau (MFA 12), Kim Waldron (MFA 13), and Jacynthe Carrier (MFA 13).

The Prix Louis-Comtois recognizes the excellence of an artist who has distinguished themselves in Montreal’s contemporary art scene. Recent finalists and winners of the Louis-Comtois include Nelson Hendricks (BFA 94), Nicolas Baier (BFA 94), Emmanuelle Léonard (BFA 98), Milutin Gubash (MFA 00), Stéphane LaRue (MFA 98).  

The city of Montreal and the Contemporary Art Galleries Association unveiled the 2017 finalists in November. Out of the six finalists for the and  this year, five are Concordia graduates. Here are all the Concordians in the finals.

The Prix Pierre-Ayot

All three finalists for the award are Concordia alumni.

Simon Belleau (BFA 13)
Simon Belleau, Untitled, 2016. Reproduced from http://ville.montreal.qc.ca/culture/simon-belleau Simon Belleau, Untitled, 2016. Reproduced from http://ville.montreal.qc.ca/culture/simon-belleau

Working between Montreal and Chicago, Belleau has had both solo and group exhibitions in Europe, the United States, and Canada. He has been the recipient of numerous grants and awards, most recently a Travel Grant from Canada Council for the Arts and an Acquisition Grant from the Conseil des Arts et Lettres du Québec.

Andréanne Godin (MFA 17)
Andréanne Godin, Poussière de crepuscule, ou devenir jour, 2016. Reproduced from http://ville.montreal.qc.ca/culture/andreanne-godin Andréanne Godin, Poussière de crepuscule, ou devenir jour, 2016. Reproduced from http://ville.montreal.qc.ca/culture/andreanne-godin

Godin was recently artist in residence at the Christoph Merian Foundation in Basel, Switzerland. She has been the recipient of several grants from both the Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Québec and the Canada Council for the Arts. She is represented by Galerie Nicolas Robert.

Winner 2017: Celia Perrin-Sidarous (BFA 15)
Celia Perrin-Sidarous, Femme Marine, 2016. Reproduced from http://ville.montreal.qc.ca/culture/celia-perrin-sidarous Celia Perrin-Sidarous, Femme Marine, 2016. Reproduced from http://ville.montreal.qc.ca/culture/celia-perrin-sidarous

Working out of Montreal, Perrin-Sidarous has exhibited across Canada and in the United States and India. She most recently received a Research-Creation Grant from the Canada Council for the Arts. Perrin-Sidarous is represented by Parisian Laundry.

The Prix Louis-Comtois

Two of the three finalists graduated from Concordia’s Faculty of Fine Arts.

Winner 2017: Sophie Jodoin (BFA 88)
Sophie Jodoin, Autoportrait, 2016. Reproduced from http://ville.montreal.qc.ca/culture/sophie-jodoin Sophie Jodoin, Autoportrait, 2016. Reproduced from http://ville.montreal.qc.ca/culture/sophie-jodoin

Jodoin is an established artist based in Montreal. She has since exhibited extensively in Canada, as well as in Europe and the United States. Jodoin has been awarded numerous awards and grants, most recently a Project Grant from the Canada Council for the Arts.

Karen Tam (BFA 00)
Karen Tam, Sportinglife, 2016. Reproduced from http://ville.montreal.qc.ca/culture/karen-tam Karen Tam, Sportinglife, 2016. Reproduced from http://ville.montreal.qc.ca/culture/karen-tam

Tam went on to complete a Master of Fine Arts from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a PhD in Cultural Studies at the University of London, UK. Based in Montreal, Tam most recently completed a research residency at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria. Her work can be found in collections including, but not limited to, the Irish Museum of Modern Art, the Royal Bank of Canada, Concordia, and the Canada Council for the Arts Art Bank.



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