Two AUArts Community Members awarded 2020 Sobey Art Awards

On April 15, 2020 the Sobey Art Foundation and the National Gallery of Canada announced changes to the Sobey Art Award program for 2020 due to the Covid-19 global pandemic.

For the 2020 program year, the Sobey Art Award has dispensed with the selection of a five artist shortlist, the annual shortlist exhibition, the final winner announcement gala and the International Residencies Program. Instead, each of the 25 exceptional Canadian artists on the jury-selected 2020 longlist will be awarded $25,000 (CAD).

Of the more than 100 Canadian artists nominated for this prestigious award, two AUArts community members have been awarded $25,000 prize: Amy Malbeuf – BFA’ 10 Drawing and Jason de Haan – AUArts sessional instructor in Sculpture in the School of Visual Art.

Amy Malbeuf
Amy Malbeuf is a Métis visual artist from Rich Lake, Alberta. Through utilizing mediums such as caribou hair tufting, beadwork, installation, performance, and video Malbeuf explores notions of identity, place, language, and ecology. She has exhibited her work nationally and internationally in over forty shows at such venues as Art Mûr, Montréal, Winnipeg Art Gallery; Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton; Museum of Contemporary Native Arts, Santa Fe; and Pataka Art + Museum, Porirua, New Zealand.

Malbeuf has participated in many international artist residencies including at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, (AUS); The Banff Centre; The Labrador Research Institute; and Santa Fe Art Institute (US). She holds a BFA in Drawing from Alberta University of the Arts, and a MFA in Visual Art from the University of British Columbia Okanagan.

Malbeuf has been the recipient of such honours as the 2016 Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Emerging Artist Award, the 2016 William and Meredith Saunderson Prize for Emerging Artists in Canada from the Hnatyshyn Foundation, a 2017 REVEAL award from the Hnatyshyn Foundation and was long-listed for the 2017 Sobey Art Award.

Jason de Haan
Jason de Haan is a is a multidisciplinary Canadian artist working in installation, sculpture, video, drawing, collage, photography, and bookworks. Jason de Haan is a sessional instructor in sculpture at the Alberta University of the Arts.

Their work was featured in numerous exhibitions at key galleries and museums, including the MASS MoCA and the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art. Jason de Haan has been featured in articles for the Canadian Art and the "Canadian Art". The most recent article is Must-Sees This Week: November 10 to 16, 2016 written for the Canadian Art in November 2016.

AUArts congratulates Amy and Jason on winning this national award of excellence.