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CIGI Community Art Contest winners and artwork announced at public awards night

Waterloo - Eleven artists from the Region of Waterloo have been awarded prizes for artworks submitted to the CIGI Community Art Contest, a local competition hosted by the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) in Waterloo.

With support from The Kitchener and Waterloo Community Foundation and the The Musagetes Fund, more than $22,000 in cash awards was awarded to local artists. Based on the strong community response and calibre of artwork, CIGI funded four additional cash prizes of $1,200 each to the seven prizes originally planned.

Each of the winning pieces reflects CIGI’s global research themes, ranging from Arctic issues, Internet governance and climate change, as well as the innovative and imaginative spirit of the local region. CIGI received 66 submissions in total from local artists with varying experience and backgrounds. The artworks will be prominently displayed on the walls of CIGI’s office space.

“All of the artists’ submissions to the CIGI Community Art Contest connected with CIGI’s research and global mission in highly creative ways. The winning artworks offered particularly insightful commentary and visual appeal on CIGI’s ethos and commitment to finding innovative governance solutions for some of today’s most pressing issues,” said CIGI President Rohinton Medhora.

The eleven winners were announced by Ms. Madill this evening at a free, public awards ceremony. The event celebrated all submissions, and showcased the winning pieces in the lobby of the architecturally award-winning CIGI Campus.

The winners, starting with the top award, are as follows:

World Prize:
“Crossroads” by Igor Dragoslavic

Gold Prize:
“Amazonian Roofs” by Maria Moreno

Silver Prize:
“Determined” by Annette Kraft van Ermel

Juror’s Selection (listed alphabetically by artist’s last name):

“Home and Native Land” by Kristen Antaya
“Branching Out” by Sheila Diemert
“An Invitation for Critical Conversation” by Gerri Naumann
“A Concept in Motion” by James Nye
“No Entry” by Kerry Ross
“Facing the Future” by Claire Vernile-Matlock
“Brainstorm” by Barry Wright
“Metamorphosis” by Simona Zac

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