Artist Prizes

Each Biennial, TBA awards prizes to recognize exceptional contributions made by participating artists. Each prize winner receives a cash award. These prizes provide vital support to established and emerging artists alike in furthering their creative practice and increasing global recognition for their work.

2022 Prizes

Artist PrizeCamille Turner
Emerging Artist PrizeAycoobo / Wilson Rodríguez
Programs PrizeAnge Loft and Derya Akay
Audience PrizeLawrence Abu Hamdan

The 2022 Artist Prize and Emerging Artist Prize recipients were selected by a distinguished jury of art professionals including Michelle Jacques (Chief Curator, Remai Modern); Dr. Julie Nagam (Artistic Director of Toronto Nuit Blanche 2020 and 2022); and Lisa Steele (Canadian artist, innovator in video art, educator, curator, and co-founder of Vtape). The Audience Prize was selected by popular vote by Biennial visitors and the Programs Prize was selected by a committee of Biennial staff.

The 2022 Toronto Biennial of Art Prizes were generously supported by the Hal Jackman Foundation, Eleanor and Francis Shen, the DH Gales Family Foundation, David and Dawn Beswick, Jay Smith and Laura Rapp, and the J.P. Bickell Foundation.

2019 Prizes

Artist PrizeAbel Rodríguez
Emerging Artist PrizeHera Büyüktaşçıyan
Honourable MentionAlthea Thauberger + Kite

The 2019 Toronto Biennial of Art jury included:

  • Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev – Director, Castello di Rivoli Museo d’Arte Contemporanea, Turin, Italy;
  • Mark Godfrey – Senior Curator of International Art, Tate Modern, London, United Kingdom;
  • Brian Jungen – artist, Vernon, British Columbia, Canada;
  • Meg Onli, Assistant Curator, ICA Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States; and
  • Kitty Scott – Carol and Morton Rapp Curator, Modern and Contemporary Art, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

The Art Prizes were initiated by Biennial patrons Jay Smith and Laura Rapp, and generously supported by David and Carol Appel; Leslie Gales, Keith Ray, Stephanie Ray, and Eric Ray; the Hal Jackman Foundation; and Eleanor and Francis Shen.