Emily Vey Duke, BFA ’98, and Brendan Lee Satish Tang, BFA ’98, each received $5000 as runners-up for this year’s Sobey Art Award. They were among six contemporary artists from across Canada shortlisted for the prestigious annual prize, which was awarded to Daniel Barrow, representing the Prairies and the North.
Syracuse, NY-based Duke, along with her collaborative partner Cooper Battersby, represented the Atlantic region, while B.C. ceramic artist Tang earned the West Coast and Yukon position. The other finalists included Toronto and New York-based multimedia artist Brendan Fernandes (Ontario) and Montreal multi-disciplinary artist Patrick Bernatchez (Quebec).
Five other NSCAD alumni were among the 25 young artists named to the long list for the award in April: Lucie Chan, MFA ’01; Graeme Patterson, BFA ’03;Vanessa Paschakarnis, MFA ’99; Heather Benning, BFA ’04 and Robyn Moody, MFA ’06.
The Sobey Art Award
honours young Canadian artists under the age of 40 who have exhibited in a public or commercial art gallery within 18 months of being nominated.