Monday, October 17, 2005

Awards and prizes


Over the weekend the National Post Awards for Business in the Arts winners were announced. So obviously the National Post had an article.

To cut to the chase, these are the folks that won for something in the visual arts:
Best Arts/Entrepreneur Partnership - Orlick Industries Limited.

Well it ain't actually that bad. They only had four categories. But what did Orlick do to get this phenomenal award? Sponsor "free admission" to the gallery. I say "free." because it costs $12 to get in to see their "banner exhibitions." How and what the difference between entrance to the gallery and entrance to an exhibition at the gallery is something that is beyond me. I'm 100% convinced that the Art Gallery of Hamilton's permanent collection is amazing. Oh, and the AGH is expecting to get 150,000 people this year.

Then while I'm at it, back at the beginning of the month the Société des musées québécois gave out their awards. 52 of them to be exact. Noticeable by their abscence from the winners circle were the Musée d'Art Contemporain (although the old director Marcel Brisebois did get a nice pat on the back) and the Musée des Beaux Arts de Montreal. However, the UQAM Gallery and the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec did go home with hardware.

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