Ottawa, Canada - Through their innovative, daring work, the recipients of the 2012 Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts, awarded by the Canada Council for the Arts, have each made their mark on the Contemporary visual arts scene.
Recently, their rich and influential careers were honored with this prestigious award and from 30 March to 17 June 2012, these great Canadian artistic talents will have some of their most important works shown at the National Gallery of Canada, in the Contemporary Galleries (B108).
Significant pieces by performance artist Margaret Dragu, photographer Geoffrey James, visual artist Ron Martin, visual artist – media and installation Jan Peacock, sculptor Royden Rabinowitch, visual artist Jana Sterbak (designer of Lady Gaga's now-iconic meat dress, shown here) and Charles Lewton-Brain (Saidye-BronfAward for excellence in the fine crafts).
The exhibition is organized by the National Gallery of Canada in collaboration with the Canada Council for the Arts and the Governor General of Canada.
The strength of the National Gallery of Canada lies in its collection of art, especially Canadian art, and its accessibility to the public across the country.
The collection opens the way for appreciation of the finest in artistic expression: The works of art reveal the past, celebrate the present, and probe the future. The collection must be expanded, preserved, interpreted, and used extensively by the public for pleasure and understanding, for research and the advancement of knowledge.