Eight remarkable Canadians win Governor General’s Awards in Visual and Media Arts

March 8, 2010

Rita Letendre, Photo : Martin Lipman, Conseil des Arts du Canada
Montreal, March 9, 2010 – The winners of the 2010 Governor General’s Awards in Visual and Media Arts were announced by the Canada Council for the Arts today at the Cinémathèque québécoise in Montreal. Haida sculptor Robert Davidson, filmmaker André Forcier, painter Rita Letendre, video artist Tom Sherman, photographer Gabor Szilasi and painter Claude Tousignant won the awards for artistic achievement. Glass sculptor Ione Thorkelsson won the Saidye Bronfman Award for excellence in fine crafts, while Terry Ryan received the Outstanding Contribution Award as long-time general manager of West Baffin Eskimo Co-operative in Cape Dorset, Nunavut and director of Dorset Fine Arts in Toronto.