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TRIAS Art Prize-Winning Artwork Unveiled at The Ottawa Hospital  

June 30, 2023

Winners of the inaugural TRIAS Art Prize now have their artwork displayed at The Ottawa Hospital (TOH), General Campus, where they can now be enjoyed by patients, staff, and visitors until they reach their permanent home at The Ottawa Hospital’s New Campus Development.   

A partnership between The Ottawa Hospital and the Ottawa Art Gallery, the TRIAS Art Prize is a juried art competition that intersects art, science, medicine, and community. TRIAS is part of the Creative Wellbeing project, a city-building partnership with a vision to add artistic expression to the healthcare experience and to build awareness across Ottawa of the unique relationship between art and science as it relates to healthcare. 

Ottawa residents Jennifer Toby and Dr. François Auclair, who have been integral to Creative Wellbeing since its inception, created the inaugural TRIAS Art Prize in 2022. Funding for the TRIAS Art Prize was provided by the North Star Foundation. The Indigenous and Inuit Art is Healing Award was supported by the Lawson Foundation. 

TRIAS Award Winners: Left to Right, Svetlana Swinimer, Christine Toulouse, Jovita Akahome Photo by Fangliang Xu.

Jennifer Toby, Dr. François Auclair, Svetlana Swinimer. Photo by Fangliang Xu.

Photo by Fangliang Xu.

Left to Right: Jennifer Van Noort, Svetlana Swinimer, Christine Toulouse, Jovita Akahome, Jennifer Toby, Dr. François Auclair, Alexandra Badzak by Fangliang Xu.

Christine Toulouse Photo by Fangliang Xu.

Jennifer Toby and Dr. François Auclair.  Photo by Fangliang Xu.

Svetlana Swinimer, Brain Matters.  Photo by Fangliang Xu.

Jovita Akahome Photo by Fangliang Xu.

TOH and OAG awarded five prizes in three categories for the 2022 TRIAS Art Prize:    

Art and Science Residency: Svetlana Swinimer, Brain Matters  
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 

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