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Katie Green & John Hartman

Katie Green Recipient of the 2022 John Hartman Award

The MacLaren Art Centre in Barrie is pleased to announce that the 2022 recipient of the John Hartman Award is Barrie artist, Katie Green. Green believes in the power of art and creativity to build thriving communities and increase quality of life. Her work has taken the form of painting, textiles, printmaking, installation, public art, community engagement and community building. Her practice deals with the inter-human sphere: relationships between people, communities, individuals, groups, and social networks. She often starts her creative journey with pen and ink and the sensibility of the drawn line. Her practice includes careful listening, thoughtful conversation, and community organization around artistic projects. Time and movement also feature in her work as dealing with change is a large part of the human experience.

Katie graduated from Mount Allison University with a Bachelor of Arts. She minored in photography, studying under Thaddeus Holownia. She later attended the Ontario College of Art and Design University in Toronto to explore new mediums (printmaking and textiles) and increase her studio experience. Her return to her hometown was inspired by family, but the decision to stay was based on the goal of helping Barrie grow and flourish as a creative city. She accomplishes this by volunteering on arts organizations, co-running a shared artist studio space, and organizing events and groups such as the Barrie Urban Sketching Club. Katie strives to bring art and creativity to everyone as well as create economic opportunities for other local artists to make a living through their art.

The John Hartman Award is made possible with the generous support of MacLaren patron and artist John Hartman. This annual award of $4000 is granted to an artist who is producing strong work and who could truly benefit by more time in the studio for research, experimentation, and the development of new work. The artist is selected based on a recommendation from the MacLaren’s curatorial team and the award is administered by the MacLaren Art Centre. Past recipients include visual artists Richard Watts (2010); Duane Linklater (2011); Matt Bahen (2012); Julia Vandepolder (2013); Matt Macintosh (2014); Tanya Cunnington (2015); Erika DeFreitas (2016); Kristie MacDonald (2017); Olivia Whetung (2018); and Farihah Aliya Shah (2019).

John Hartman was born in Midland, Ontario and studied fine art at McMaster University in Hamilton. A leading Canadian artist, he has exhibited internationally and his works are found in numerous important public, corporate and private collections. His national touring exhibition Cities (presented at the MacLaren Art Centre in the fall of 2008) focused on aerial views of cities and harbours; shores, coastlines and bodies of water remain a major element in his practice. Hartman lives and works in Lafontaine, Ontario and is represented by Nicholas Metivier Gallery in Toronto.

The MacLaren Art Centre (MAC) is a free public art gallery located on the traditional territory of the Anishinaabek, which include the Odawa, Ojibwe, and Pottawatomi Nations, collectively known as the Three Fires Confederacy. With over 4,000 works of contemporary and modern Canadian art in the permanent collection, the gallery serves an immediate community of approximately 300,000 people across Barrie and Simcoe County. We approach our work with a regional responsibility, responding to issues that matter in our immediate community within the broader context of the provincial and national visual art and cultural framework. We offer a variety of modern and contemporary exhibitions that focus on visual art and visual culture by Canadian artists of regional, provincial, and national significance. Our goal is to provide the community with an exciting and relevant range of art exhibitions, tours, lectures and art programs that inspire curiosity, creativity, and interest in the visual arts.