Alumna Areum Kim has been named the first-place winner of the 2017 Canadian Art Writing Prize. She'll be commissioned to write a feature story for a future issue of Canadian Art and will receive a $3,000 award.
Kim is an emerging writer and curator who is currently working as an Assistant Director at Stride Gallery, based in Calgary. She received her BFA with a minor in Curatorial Studies from the University in 2014.
Alumna Nicole Kelly Westman received one of two runner-up prizes. She'll receive recognition in the magazine and a $1,000 award. Westman also holds a BFA, and is the current Director of Stride Gallery. Her writing has been published in Inuit Art Quarterly, C Magazine and Luma Quarterly.
The Canadian Art Writing Prize, now in its eighth year, is an annual juried prize designed to encourage new writers on contemporary art. For eligibility, writers must be 18 years of age or older and cannot have published more than three pieces in national or international magazines. This year, an international jury of critics and other art professionals reviewed the submissions.
The 2017 jury consisted of Vancouver-based art historian and independent curator Erin Silver; Edmonton-based writer, poet and scholar Billy-Ray Belcourt; and Montreal-based writer and critic Durga Chew-Bose.