The winners of the 2017 K.M. Hunter Artist Awards were announced today. They will be honoured by the K.M. Hunter Charitable Foundation at an event at the Gladstone event at the Gladstone Hotel in Toronto later in May. In the Dance category the recipient is Apolonia Velasquez.
The annual awards are given to Ontario residents to support mid-career, professional artists who have a reasonable body of work, a fair degree of public exposure, have made an impact in their chosen field and demonstrate an original artistic voice within their artistic tradition. The awards are a means of encouraging their craft and propelling them to the next level.
“We are very impressed at the caliber of artists our awards attract and wish all the winners this year great success in the pursuit of their work,” says Sarah Hunter, President, K.M. Hunter Charitable Foundation. “We also would like to thank Eleanor Hart, Damiano Pietropaolo, and Bernard Leroux in helping chair our juries this year. We welcome this year's winners into the growing family of artists who have received the K.M. Hunter Artist Awards.”
Since the awards were created in 1995, 133 artists have received awards totaling $892,500.
The Ontario Arts Council (OAC) Awards Office administers the nomination process for the K.M. Hunter Artist Awards.