The Toronto Biennial of Art has established two awards for participating artists: the Toronto Biennial of Art Prize, which recognizes an outstanding contribution, and the Toronto Biennial of Art Emerging Artist Prize, which recognizes a promising, early-career artist. Each award carries a value of $20,000 CAD. Selected by a distinguished international jury, the winners were announced on September 19, 2019.

Abel Rodríguez (on view at Small Arms Inspection Building in Mississauga) is the recipient of the Toronto Biennial of Art’s inaugural Art Prize, and Hera Büyüktaşçıyan (on view at 259 Lake Shore Blvd E) is the recipient of the Biennial’s first Emerging Artist Prize. Artists Althea Thauberger + Kite received an Honourable Mention ($5,000 CAD).

The 2019 Toronto Biennial of Art Jury included: Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev (Director, Castello di Rivoli Museo d’Arte Contemporanea); Mark Godfrey (Senior Curator of International Art, Tate Modern); Brian Jungen (Artist, Vernon, BC); Meg Onli (Assistant Curator, ICA Philadelphia); and Kitty Scott (Carol and Morton Rapp Curator, Modern and Contemporary Art, Art Gallery of Ontario).

The Toronto Biennial of Art Prizes were initiated by 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.

Hera Büyüktaşçıyan, Reveries of an Underground Forest, 2019, carpets, dimensions variable. Commissioned by the Toronto Biennial of Art. On view at 259 Lake Shore Blvd E as part of the Toronto Biennial of Art (2019). Photo: Toni Hafkenscheid. Courtesy Toronto Biennial of Art.
Abel Rodríguez, Terraza Alta VI, 2018, acrylic on paper. Courtesy of the artist and Instituto de visión.