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Alumna Elizabeth Zvonar Named One of Four Finalists for the Aimia | AGO Photography Prize

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By Roxanne Toronto

Posted on July 27, 2016 | Updated August 06, 2019, 9:06AM

Public voting for the $50K prize begins September 7

Emily Carr University is pleased to share news of 2001 alumna Elizabeth Zvonar's selection as one of four international finalists for the 2016 Aimia | AGO Photography Prize, Canada's most significant award for photography.

Co-presented by Aimia, a Canadian-based global leader in data-driven marketing and loyalty analytics company, and the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO), the Prize awards C$50,000 to one winner, who is chosen by public vote. The four finalists will present their work in an exhibition opening Sept. 7, 2016 at the AGO in Toronto. Voting begins in person at the AGO upon the exhibition’s opening and on the Prize’s website on Sept. 14, 2016.

Fourteen international nominators selected a long list of 23 artists. From that list, a jury of three experts named the four finalists, who each showed extraordinary potential. The jury was headed by Kitty Scott,the AGO’s Carol & Morton Rapp Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, and included artist Stan Douglas ('82) and art scholar Russell Ferguson. The exhibition will be curated by Adelina Vlas, the AGO’s Associate Curator of Contemporary Art.

“The four nominated artists for this year’s Aimia | AGO Photography Prize all work with photography in singular ways, each of which embodies a current mode in contemporary art,” Vlas said. “The strength of their work and the diversity of their approaches will make for a unique exhibition inviting visitors to appreciate, reflect on, and participate in the visual culture of our time.”

Visit Aimia |AGO Photography Prize for complete details.

Ezvonar Headshot

About Elizabeth Zvonar:

Based in Vancouver, Elizabeth Zvonar blends collage, sculpture and photography. Pulling from “fashion magazines to art history and science textbooks,” Zvonar’s works “explore the conflicting meanings that exist within Western media.” She has had exhibitions at the Vancouver Art Gallery’s offsite space, Gallery 295 and Western Front in Vancouver, and Daniel Faria Gallery in Toronto.

Image Details:

The Spectre, The Serpent, The Ghost, The Thing. 2013

Collage printed as a photo print, mounted on aluminum held up by a gold plated bronze cast pair of stiletto heels securing the picture in place with bronze fingers.