Brant­ford’s Shel­ley Niro among Gov­er­nor Gen­eral’s Award lau­re­ates

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A sculp­tor whose best-known ce­ram­ics work was once re­jected for dis­play at a World Expo by the fed­eral gov­ern­ment is among the win­ners of this year’s Gov­er­nor Gen­eral’s Awards in Vis­ual and Me­dia Arts.

Glenn Lewis is one of eight lau­re­ates who will be hon­oured by the Canada Coun­cil for the Arts, the or­ga­ni­za­tion an­nounced Wed­nes­day.

The Van­cou­ver artist shook the art scene with his 1970 piece “Ar­ti­fact,” which was com­mis­sioned by Canada for the World Expo in Osaka, Ja­pan but re­jected by the pav­il­ion’s com­mis­sioner Patrick Reid as too provoca­tive.

Reid was con­cerned over the ap­pear­ance of the work’s white-glazed tiles, which looked like ei­ther salt-and-pep­per shak­ers or dam­aged phal­luses.

Other re­cip­i­ents of the $25,000 hon­our in­clude Mon­treal film­maker Michele Cournoyer, whose ca­reer in the Que­bec new wave move­ment of the 1970s led to ex­per­i­men­tal an­i­ma­tion shorts like “Le cha­peau,” which won best Cana­dian short at the 2000 Toronto In­ter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val. Writer Philip Monk, both an ex­hi­bi­tion cu­ra­tor and con­tem­po­rary art critic for Ma­clean’s mag­a­zine, is also be­ing hon­oured.

The other lau­re­ates are Toronto film­maker Mike Hool­boom, vis­ual artist She­lagh Kee­ley, painter Lan­don Mackenzie, Hal­i­fax jew­elry artist Pamela Ritchie, and Shel­ley Niro, a mul­ti­me­dia artist from the Six Na­tions Re­serve near Brant­ford, Ont.

Gov. Gen. David John­ston will present the awards at a cer­e­mony at Rideau Hall on March 1.

Brant­ford artist Shel­ley Niro is one of eight lau­re­ates who will be hon­oured by the Canada Coun­cil for the Arts.

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