The winner of the City of Ottawa’s 2019 Karsh Award is Andrew Wright.
Wright, who is an associate professor of visual arts and the acting chair of the Department of Visual Arts at the University of Ottawa, was chosen by a jury made up of the associate curator of Photographs at the National Gallery of Canada, Lori Pauli, past Karsh Award laureate Michael Schreier, and Franco-Ontarian photographer Geneviève Thauvette.
In a media release, the jury said of Wright’s work:
“For 25 years, Wright has been making significant contributions, as an artist and art educator, to art communities in Ottawa, Canada and abroad. His inquisitive approach to art-making has resulted in an impressive and eclectic body of work that often combines playfulness with more serious meditations on perception and the technological underpinnings of both historical and contemporary image-making processes.”
Wright has been nominated for the Karsh Award before, in 2010 and 2012, and has been nominated six times for the Sobey Art Award. He was a semi-finalist for the prize in 2007. In 2011, he won the Gattuso Prize at the CONTACT Photography Festival in Toronto. Wright has been an Ottawa resident since 2008.
His work has been exhibited internationally and nationally including at London Gallery West, Today Art Museum in Beijing, the former Presentation House Gallery in Vancouver and the Ottawa Art Gallery. His work is in the collections of the National Gallery of Canada, the Canadian High Commission in London and the Xi’an Art Museum in China.
The Karsh-Masson Gallery will host an exhibit of Wright’s work from Jan. 23 to Feb. 23, 2020.