Sandra Dyck, director of the Carleton University Art Gallery (CUAG), is pleased to announce that the recipient of the second annual Gordon J. Wood Print Purchase Prize is Mary Baranowski-Lowden.
“Thanks again to the generosity of the Gordon J. Wood endowment, CUAG is able to celebrate and conserve the rich artistic response to the Ottawa Valley and Outaouais areas in contemporary prints made by regional artists,” said Dyck.
The jury selected two of Baranowski-Lowden’s 2014 works, Natural Elements I and Natural Elements II, observing how they show mastery of printmaking techniques including line etching, soft ground etching, drypoint and especially the delicate operation of chine collé. As juror Jean-Claude Bergeron noted, her compositions bear witness to her love for and understanding of the natural world, and sympathetically engage with the theme established for the Prize, that the winning prints should depict the Ottawa Valley and Outaouais areas.
Bergeron, director of Galerie Jean-Claude Bergeron in Ottawa, was joined on the jury by Stéphane Roy, assistant professor of art history at Carleton, and Michael Davidge, CUAG’s assistant curator. The jury was impressed by the quality and the range of submissions received, attesting to the vitality of the art of printmaking in the Ottawa valley. Davidge noted that regional printmakers have enthusiastically responded to the Print Purchase Prize, and that he looks forward to seeing the directions that enthusiasm will take in future years.
Mary Baranowksi-Lowden’s work will be unveiled at CUAG during the opening reception for Human Nature, its summer blockbuster, on Monday, 27 April from 5 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. Baranowski-Lowden will be present to accept the prize. Her work will remain on exhibit until Aug. 23, 2015.
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