2015 Recipient of the John Hartman Award: Tanya Cunnington

February 24, 2016 - 11:24 am

The MacLaren Art Centre is pleased to announce that the 2015 recipient of the John Hartman Award is artist Tanya Cunnington. Cunnington is an Orillia-based artist who specializes in drawing and painting. Born in 1978 in Kirkland Lake, Ontario, she received her Associates Degree from the Ontario College of Art (now OCADU) and Design in 2001 and won the Eric Freifeld Award for Excellence in Figurative Art the same year. In her third year at OCADU, she was selected to take part in the Florence off-campus studies program. Her work has been included in Magenta Foundation’s publication Carte Blanche Volume II – Painting, and reviewed in Canadian Art Magazine. Her latest exhibition, Cal.endar (2014), was her fifth solo show with Loop Gallery in Toronto, where she is represented.

The John Hartman Award is made possible with the generous support of MacLaren patron and regional artist John Hartman. This annual award of $4000 is granted to an emerging 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); and Matt Macintosh (2014). As Executive Director Carolyn Bell Farrell comments, “The MacLaren is committed to building a creative community. One of the ways we are doing this is by fostering emerging talent. Through John Hartman’s generous support, an opportunity is provided annually for an emerging artist to explore and develop his/her creative potential with confidence, building a solid platform for future success.”

John Hartman was born in Midland, Ontario in 1950 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 working in Lafontaine, Ontario and is represented by Nicholas Metivier Gallery in Toronto.