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Wednesday October 2nd, 2013

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The Art Gallery of Windsor recently won two awards for its exhibition and publications program in the visual arts. At the awards ceremony of the Ontario Association of Art Galleries, the Gallery was awarded the prestigious Exhibition of the Year for the 2013 exhibition Border Cultures: Part One (homes, land), and the Art Writing Award for the essay “Common Gravity: Kika Thorne’s Tension Sculptures,” by Jesse Birch accompanying the publication Kika Thorne: The WILDcraft.

“We are very pleased to have our programming excellence recognized by our peers so soon into the Gallery’s recent restructuring under the administrative and programmatic leadership of AGW Director Dr. Catharine Mastin” notes AGW President Sean White. “These awards bring the Gallery back onto an important provincial podium which it occupied regularly during the mid-1990s, when the AGW won awards in Curatorial Writing, Publication Design, and Education. The Gallery’s Board of Directors is confident at that this is the beginning of a renewed track dedicated to organizing top quality projects for this region to enjoy and to repositioning the Gallery as a centre for curatorial and publishing excellence.”

The AGW congratulates and recognizes the important contributions by exhibition Curator of Contemporary Art, Srimoyee Mitra, who curated and organized the Border Cultures: Part One (homes, land) and Kika Thorne exhibitions. We also thank each and every one of the artists participating in the exhibitions whose contributions to visual culture are what make possible the Gallery’s capacity to frame these important social and artistic discussions. Participating artists include: Broken City Lab (Canada), Campus in Camps (Palestine), Iftikhar and Elizabeth Dadi (USA), Willie Doherty (Ireland), Marcos Ramirez Erre (Mexico/USA), Sanaz Mazinani (Canada), Christopher McNamara (Canada/USA), Dylan Miner (USA/Canada), Ed Pien (Canada), Leila Sujir/Maria Lantin (Canada).

Border Cultures brought together artists from the region and around the globe, and Thorne’s exhibition and publication profiled an important mid-career artist from Canada.

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