Toronto Star

Sandra Brewster wins T.O. art prize

- Murray Whyte

Sandra Brewster, a Torontobas­ed African Canadian artist whose work explores Black Canadian identity, is the winner of the 2018 Artist’s Prize from the Toronto Friends of the Visual Arts.

The $15,000 prize, awarded each year, honours a Torontobas­ed artist for achievemen­ts of the prior year. Brewster, who also won the Gattuso Prize at the Contact Photograph­y Festival last year, was featured in the Royal Ontario Museum’s Here We Are Here: Black Canadian Contempora­ry Art, which closed April 22. The two runners-up are Camille Turner, who was also featured in Here We Are Here, and Hazel Meyer. They receive $5,000 each.

Other prizes awarded includ- ed the $10,000 Founder’s Achievemen­t Award to Vera Frenkel, an iconic senior artist who helped establish the Faculty of Fine Arts at York University, and $50,000 to the McMichael Collection of Canadian Art to establish a public lecture program connecting historical and contempora­ry art.

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