Nadia Belerique, Archer 2, 2014

The BMW Prize of $5,000 acknowledges an outstanding exhibition in CONTACT 2014. Toronto artist Nadia Belerique was presented with the award for Have You Seen This Man at Daniel Faria Gallery, during the BMW Prize Gala on Thursday May 29 at the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art.

The jury - Jeremy Laing, designer and artist, and Gabrielle Moser, independent curator and art critic - considered both Featured and Open exhibitions and based their decision on the caliber and concept of the work, the curatorial vision, and the overall impact and presentation of the exhibition. 

In Have You Seen This Man, Nadia Belerique continues her investigation into the mood of space and the methods by which to occupy it physically and psychologically. Borrowing from narrative structures such as poetry, prose, and news headlines, and culling from diverse technological aesthetics, Belerique draws the viewer into an installation that subtly seeks prolonged observation. Belerique received her MFA from the University of Guelph, is a board member at G Gallery, and has recently exhibited at such venues as Narwhal, XPACE, The Drake Hotel, and Diaz Contemporary in Toronto. The exhibition is on view until June 7. 

"BMW Canada takes pride in giving back to the community", says Kevin Marcotte, BMW Canada's Director of Marketing. "CONTACT's commitment to feature the work of established and aspiring photographers from Canada and around the world is well aligned with BMW's commitment to design and aesthetics. Through the BMW Exhibition Prize, we are able to recognize and celebrate a high-performer for a notable contribution to the art of photography. We are pleased to congratulate Nadia on her exhibition."

Marlene Creates was presented with the third annual award for her exhibition selected works from 30 years, 1982-2012, presented at Paul Petro Contemporary Art. Special thank you to the jury Max Dean, artist and Dr. Matthew Brower, curator and historian University of Toronto. 

Lise Beaudry was presented with the second annual award for her exhibition Sur la glace / Walking on Ice, presented at the Art Gallery Of Mississauga. Special thank you to the jury Michael Itkoff, Founding Editor of Daylight Magazine, New York and Dr. Thierry Gervais, Researcher in Residence at the Ryerson Image Centre, Toronto

Andrew Wright was presented with this inaugural award in 2011 for his innovative body of work entitled CORONAE presented at Peak Gallery. Special thank you to the jury Sheyi Bankale, Editor and Founder of Next Level Magazine, London, UK and David Liss, Artistic Director & Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, Toronto.