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Varley Art Gallery of Markham Wins Exhibition of the Year Award

Thursday, November 28, 2019

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MARKHAM, ON — November 29, 2019 — On Monday, November 25, the Varley Art Gallery of Markham and curator Anik Glaude won the Exhibition of the Year Award at the 42nd Annual Ontario Association of Art Galleries (OAAG) Awards in the category of Budget Under $10,000. The award-winning exhibition, Moving through darkness into the clearing, featured contemporary artworks by Kanien’keha:ka (Mohawk) artist Greg Staats in contrast with traditional landscape paintings by the Group of Seven, and was on display from January 19 to April 7, 2019.

“I congratulate Curator Anik Glaude and all of the staff at the Varley Art Gallery,” says Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti. “This is the second year in a row that the Gallery has won an Ontario Association of Art Galleries Award. I commend the hard work and dedication of the Varley staff who embody the City of Markham’s profound commitment to culture.”

In 2018 the Varley Art Gallery’s new logo and brand, designed by Underline Studio, received the OAAG Identity Renewal Award while the Gallery itself received the Exhibition Installation and Design Award for Xiaojing Yan: Out from among the tranquil woods.

“The Varley Art Gallery cares for a significant collection of historical Canadian artworks,” says Varley Art Gallery Director Niamh O’Laoghaire. “Anik Glaude is excellent at keeping those holdings current by placing them in conversation with work by contemporary artists. The juxtaposition of apparently disparate objects by members of the Group of Seven and artist Greg Staats in Moving through darkness into the clearing generated an exciting and thought-provoking dialogue, and is highly deserving of this award.”

This award-winning exhibition investigated the ways in which artists return to the land in search of their subject matter, informing their understanding of place and identity. Alongside artist Greg Staats’ work, paintings by A. J. Casson, F. H. Johnston, Arthur Lismer, Franklin Carmichael and F. H. Varley were on display.

“I am thrilled for this project to be recognized by a jury of my peers,” says curator and award-winner Anik Glaude. “I want to thank the Varley-McKay Art Foundation for their ongoing support in the research and display of the Varley’s permanent collection, but also for funding the acquisition of one of Staat’s photographs included in the exhibition. This purchase expands our collection of contemporary art and fulfils our goal of supporting artists practicing today.”

The Varley Art Gallery of Markham offers new exhibitions, programs and events throughout the year. Current exhibitions on view until January 5, 2020, include Tout-Monde: Markham, created in partnership with Elegoa Cultural Productions, and 197 Main Street.

Free admission to the Varley Art Gallery of Markham is proudly sponsored by IBM.


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Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti's Office:
Lama Nicolas, Senior Communications Advisor at lnicolas@markham.ca or 416.671.2890.

All other media inquiries / interview requests for the City of Markham:
Jennifer Yap, Coordinator, Communications and Media Relations at jyap@markham.ca or 437.229.2450.

About Markham: Markham, an award-winning municipality with over 355,000 residents and the largest of nine communities in York Region, is home to over 400 corporate head offices and more than 1,500 high tech and life science companies. Markham is a leader in attracting foreign direct investment with more than 210 foreign companies located in the City. Founded in the 1790s, today Markham is Canada’s most diverse community and enjoys a rich heritage, outstanding community planning and services, and a vibrant local economy. Markham has received the Excellence Canada Gold Award for Organizational Quality & Healthy Workplace, and multiple heritage and environmental awards.

About the Varley Art Gallery of Markham: The Varley Art Gallery of Markham is a vital cultural hub for artists and diverse communities. A municipal gallery, we create critical conversations about Canadian art and society. We inspire local and national audiences to engage with art through outstanding exhibitions and rich public and educational programs relevant to the communities we serve. We support artists from York region and seek to broaden access to the arts for diverse artists and cultural groups. We also share and celebrate the life and work of F.H. Varley, a founding member of the Group of Seven. The Varley Art Gallery is situated on the traditional territories of Indigenous Peoples including the Haudenosaunee andAnishinaabe. We are committed to reconciliation, partnership and enhanced understanding.


MARKHAM, ON — November 29, 2019 — On Monday, November 25, the Varley Art Gallery of Markham and curator Anik Glaude won the Exhibition of the Year Award at the 42nd Annual Ontario Association of Art Galleries (OAAG) Awards in the category of Budget Under $10,000. The award-winning exhibition, Moving through darkness into the clearing, featured contemporary artworks by Kanien’keha:ka (Mohawk) artist Greg Staats in contrast with traditional landscape paintings by the Group of Seven, and was on display from January 19 to April 7, 2019.

“I congratulate Curator Anik Glaude and all of the staff at the Varley Art Gallery,” says Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti. “This is the second year in a row that the Gallery has won an Ontario Association of Art Galleries Award. I commend the hard work and dedication of the Varley staff who embody the City of Markham’s profound commitment to culture.”

In 2018 the Varley Art Gallery’s new logo and brand, designed by Underline Studio, received the OAAG Identity Renewal Award while the Gallery itself received the Exhibition Installation and Design Award for Xiaojing Yan: Out from among the tranquil woods.

“The Varley Art Gallery cares for a significant collection of historical Canadian artworks,” says Varley Art Gallery Director Niamh O’Laoghaire. “Anik Glaude is excellent at keeping those holdings current by placing them in conversation with work by contemporary artists. The juxtaposition of apparently disparate objects by members of the Group of Seven and artist Greg Staats in Moving through darkness into the clearing generated an exciting and thought-provoking dialogue, and is highly deserving of this award.”

This award-winning exhibition investigated the ways in which artists return to the land in search of their subject matter, informing their understanding of place and identity. Alongside artist Greg Staats’ work, paintings by A. J. Casson, F. H. Johnston, Arthur Lismer, Franklin Carmichael and F. H. Varley were on display.

“I am thrilled for this project to be recognized by a jury of my peers,” says curator and award-winner Anik Glaude. “I want to thank the Varley-McKay Art Foundation for their ongoing support in the research and display of the Varley’s permanent collection, but also for funding the acquisition of one of Staat’s photographs included in the exhibition. This purchase expands our collection of contemporary art and fulfils our goal of supporting artists practicing today.”

The Varley Art Gallery of Markham offers new exhibitions, programs and events throughout the year. Current exhibitions on view until January 5, 2020, include Tout-Monde: Markham, created in partnership with Elegoa Cultural Productions, and 197 Main Street.

Free admission to the Varley Art Gallery of Markham is proudly sponsored by IBM.


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Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti's Office:
Lama Nicolas, Senior Communications Advisor at lnicolas@markham.ca or 416.671.2890.

All other media inquiries / interview requests for the City of Markham:
Jennifer Yap, Coordinator, Communications and Media Relations at jyap@markham.ca or 437.229.2450.

About Markham: Markham, an award-winning municipality with over 355,000 residents and the largest of nine communities in York Region, is home to over 400 corporate head offices and more than 1,500 high tech and life science companies. Markham is a leader in attracting foreign direct investment with more than 210 foreign companies located in the City. Founded in the 1790s, today Markham is Canada’s most diverse community and enjoys a rich heritage, outstanding community planning and services, and a vibrant local economy. Markham has received the Excellence Canada Gold Award for Organizational Quality & Healthy Workplace, and multiple heritage and environmental awards.

About the Varley Art Gallery of Markham: The Varley Art Gallery of Markham is a vital cultural hub for artists and diverse communities. A municipal gallery, we create critical conversations about Canadian art and society. We inspire local and national audiences to engage with art through outstanding exhibitions and rich public and educational programs relevant to the communities we serve. We support artists from York region and seek to broaden access to the arts for diverse artists and cultural groups. We also share and celebrate the life and work of F.H. Varley, a founding member of the Group of Seven. The Varley Art Gallery is situated on the traditional territories of Indigenous Peoples including the Haudenosaunee andAnishinaabe. We are committed to reconciliation, partnership and enhanced understanding.