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Grange Prize 2010 partner institution is Chicago-based Museum of Contemporary Photography

Museum of Contemporary Photography

Courtesy of the Museum of Contemporary Photography Photo by Ashley Siple, Curatorial Assistant

The build up to the Grange Prize begins today with the announcement of the partner country and museum for 2010! We are thrilled to be pairing Canadian and American artists and working with the amazing Museum of Contemporary Photography at Columbia College in Chicago.

Four leading-edge photographers, two Canadian and two American, will have the opportunity to win the $50,000 Grange Prize, presented by Aeroplan and the Art Gallery of Ontario. Each year, The Grange Prize partners with one international art institution in an effort to recognize the best in Canadian and international photography — and 2010’s partner is the Museum of Contemporary Photography (MoCP) at Columbia College Chicago.

MoCP curator Karen Irvine: “The Museum of Contemporary Photography positions itself to be at the forefront of contemporary photography, so it’s very exciting for us serve as a partnering institution for the Grange Prize. The prize creates a unique dialogue between our two countries, and highlights some of the best photographers working in both the United States and Canada.”

While on the surface American and Canadian artists may seem culturally similar, we wonder if we will see some differences in the approach to their work? Stay tuned for the announcement of the shortlist!

When will the artists be announced?

This year’s artists will be announced on May 26. A joint panel of curatorial experts from the AGO and the MoCP will meet to review the work of photographic artists from Canada and the U.S., narrowing the shortlist to four. Both the AGO and the MoCP will mount exhibitions of the shortlisted artists’ works this fall, and members of the public will vote on-site or online to determine the winner, who will be announced November 2, 2010 at a special event hosted by Aeroplan and the AGO.

Each of the four shortlisted artists will participate in a ten-day residency: the Canadian nominees will travel to the U.S., and the American artists will visit Canada. Additionally, the three artists who are not selected by the public to win the prize will receive $5,000 toward the creation of work developed during their residencies, bringing the total amount granted to photographic artists to $65,000. This makes The Grange Prize Canada’s largest photography prize. It is also the only major Canadian art prize voted on by the public.

The selection committee for the 2010 shortlist includes AGO assistant curator of photography Sophie Hackett; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago associate curator Dominic Molon; Toronto-based art collector and curator Dr. Kenneth Montague; and MoCP curator Karen Irvine. Look for more information in the coming weeks.

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