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2 Concordians shortlisted for Scotiabank Photography Award

Clara Gutsche and Nicolas Baier are vying for $50,000 prize
April 5, 2024
By Sandra Evoughlian

Two portraits: the first is a long-haired woman wearing a black top, and the second, a bearded man with an earring, wearing a T-shirt Concordians Clara Gutsche and Nicolas Baier are shortlisted for the 2024 Scotiabank Photography Award.

MAY 30, 2024 UPDATE: Clara Gutsche named the winner of the 2024 Scotiabank Photography Award. 

Two Concordians are shortlisted for the 14th Annual Scotiabank Photography Award, which recognizes the achievements of established mid-to-late career artists from across Canada. 

Clara Gutsche, MFA 86, who immigrated to Montreal from St. Louis, MO, in 1970, produces large-format photography to explore personal relationships and cultural values.

Her work depicts people, landscapes and architectural interiors. She is among the founding members of the artist-run La Centrale galerie Powerhouse in Montreal and also teaches photography part-time in Concordia’s Department of Studio Arts.

Montreal-born Nicolas Baier, a Concordia fine arts attendee in the 1990s, is known for pushing the boundaries of traditional photography. He often employs digital techniques such as 3D printing, microscopic photography and computer imaging programs.

Glass building in front of a blue sky Artwork by Nicolas Baier on the Engineering, Computer Science and Visual Arts Integrated Complex (EV) at Concordia’s Sir George Williams Campus.

In 2003, Baier created a large-scale public mural for the Engineering, Computer Science and Visual Arts Integrated Complex at Concordia’s Sir George Williams Campus. Popularly known as the large flower mural, the work was a collaboration with the firm Cabinet Braun-Braën.

“Lens-based art has the power to enrich our lives,” says Laura Curtis Ferrera, Scotiabank’s chief marketing officer. “Finalists are telling stories through their art, ultimately helping connect and inspire communities from coast to coast in profound and meaningful ways.”

Six Concordians have won the Scotiabank Photography Award since its 2010 creation.

The 2024 winner, to be announced later this spring, will receive a prize of $50,000 and a solo exhibition at Toronto’s Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival. The two other finalists will receive $10,000 each.

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