The Ottawa Art Gallery and The Ottawa Hospital select winners of the TRIAS Art Prize

December 7, 2022

From left to right: Jovita Akahome, Koomuatuk (Kuzy) Curley, Svetlana Swinimer, Andrew Morrow and Christine Toulouse. Photo: Lindsay Ralph

The winning artwork will be displayed at The Ottawa Hospital campuses as a way of enhancing wellness through art

The Ottawa Art Gallery (OAG) and The Ottawa Hospital (TOH) have selected the winners of the 2022 TRIAS Art Prize. This included five prizes in three categories.  

  • Art and Science Residency winner: Svetlana Swinimer 
  • Indigenous and Inuit Healing Art Award winner: Koomuatuk (Kuzy) Curley, Sikusilingmiut 
  • Honourable Mention: Christine Toulouse, Courage 
  • Art as Healing winner: Andrew Morrow, Neither Brightly Lit Nor Completely Enlightened 
  • Honourable Mention: Jovita Akahome, Soul 

TRIAS Art Prize is a juried art competition that intersects art, science, medicine, and community. All winning artwork will be displayed at The Ottawa Hospital with the aim of enhancing care through restorative art, engaging the community, and supporting artists from Ottawa, Eastern Ontario, Western Quebec, and Nunavut. 

Photo: Lindsay Ralph

“They say all good things come in threes and the TRIAS Art Prize program is no exception, bringing together Art, Health and Community, through three great prize categories, that demonstrate the power of working together to bring about positive change. We are appreciative of the artists who submitted and of the jury who were challenged to choose from over 130 applications!” expressed Alexandra Badzak, Director and Chief Executive Officer at the Ottawa Art Gallery. 

“We are grateful to our partners at the OAG for the opportunity to combine art, science, and medicine to help us create a hospital environment that is reflective of the diverse community we serve while showcasing TOH’s core values of research, medical care, and healing,” said Joanne Read, Chief Planning and Development Officer at The Ottawa Hospital. “Congratulations to the winners of this year’s TRIAS Art Prize.”  

TRIAS Art Award is part of the Creative Wellbeing program, a city-building initiative connecting artists and communities with hospital researchers and clinicians to create original works of art to enhance hospital spaces. Creative Wellbeing aims to increase awareness of patient care at The Ottawa Hospital, incorporate art as part of the patient experience, and further develop art as therapy programming. 

Ottawa residents Jennifer Toby and Dr. François Auclair, who have been integral to Creative Wellbeing since its inception, have provided the inaugural funding for the awards. The Indigenous and Inuit Healing Art Honourable Mention prize is provided by The Lawson Foundation. 

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For media inquiries or to book an interview: 

Ottawa Art Gallery: 
Véronique Couillard 
Officer, Media, Public and Francophone Relations 
613-233-8699 +244 
vcouillard@oaggao.ca  
 

The Ottawa Hospital: 
Rebecca Abelson 
Media Relations Officer  
343-576-0259, rabelson@toh.ca  

About the Ottawa Art Gallery (OAG) 
The Ottawa Art Gallery is situated on traditional Anishinābe Aki and is Ottawa’s municipal art gallery and cultural hub. Located in Ottawa’s downtown core, the expanded Gallery is a contemporary luminous cube designed by KPMB Architects and Régis Côté et associés.  

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About The Ottawa Hospital (TOH)  

The Ottawa Hospital is committed to providing each patient with the world-class care, exceptional service and compassion that they would want for their loved ones. Over their three campuses, they serve tens of thousands of patients in Ottawa and the surrounding area each year. They rank 5th in Canada for total research funding and published over 2,200 research papers in 2019. As one of the largest research hospitals throughout the country, they are constantly innovating and providing new insight into the healthcare sector.  

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