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Geneviève Cadieux receives Governor General's Award

Concordia professor garners distinction in visual and media arts

Montreal, February 22, 2011 – Geneviève Cadieux, a photographer and professor in Concordia University’s Faculty of Fine Arts, has won a 2011 Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts. Of the eight Canadians honoured this year, she is the sole Quebec recipient and one of the youngest to win the award, which recognizes career achievements.

The Canada Council for the Arts announced the winners today at the new headquarters of the Toronto International Film Festival: the TIFF Bell Lightbox. The Governor General’s Awards in Visual and Media Arts are Canada’s foremost distinctions for excellence in these artistic disciplines.

“This is a most deserving recognition of Geneviève Cadieux’s body of work and her influence in the visual arts community in Quebec, Canada and beyond since the 1980s,” says Fred Lowy, President and Vice-Chancellor of Concordia University.

“She has been instrumental in developing the highly regarded photography program of Concordia’s Department of Studio Arts and in attracting a new generation of emerging artists. Her dedication to her art practice is inspiring and integral to her success as a teacher and mentor.” 

Geneviève Cadieux’s art explores the metamorphosis of photographic and cinematic images through the recording and production process. Whether shown in a museum, private, or public space, the presentation of her artwork inspires a theatrical, cinematic scene designed to affect its viewers, by drawing us in. Cadieux has participated in numerous international exhibitions and at major art biennales – Montreal, São Paolo, Sydney (Australia) and Venice, where she represented Canada. Her work has been in several individual exhibitions, including at the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal (1993), the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery in Vancouver (1999), the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, the Beaverbrook Art Gallery in Fredericton and the Art Gallery of Hamilton (2000).

One of her most recent works is La Voie lactée, which is perched on the roof of the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, and will soon be recreated as La Voix lactée in the Saint-Lazare metro station in Paris.

Placed in an eminently poetic spot, La Voix lactée will allow metro readers to see a timeless piece amid a white subway corridor. The artwork will be composed of a glass mosaic and will occupy the entire surface of the inner corridor that links the mezzanine of line nine to line 14.

Cadieux joins the ranks of several Concordia colleagues in the Faculty of Fine Arts to have received a Governor General Award: Gabor Szilasi (2010); Françoise Sullivan (2005); Betty Goodwin (2003) and Irene Whittome (2002). 
Governor General’s Awards in Visual and Media Arts

The Awards, funded and administered by the Canada Council for the Arts, are in their 12th year. They recognize distinguished career achievements in the visual and media arts by Canadian artists, as well as outstanding contributions through voluntarism, philanthropy, board governance, community outreach or professional activities.

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