Call for Nominations: William and Meredith Saunderson Prizes for Emerging Artists 2024

Maggy Hamel Metsos, Metal Fortress Mind (detail), 2023, hand polished nickel, copper and silver-plated steel cards on magnetic aluminum board, 21″ x 22.5″. Photo: alignements. Courtesy of the artist. Hamel-Metsos received a Saunderson Prize in 2023.

Three $10,000 Prizes for Canadian Visual Artists

The Hnatyshyn Foundation is accepting nominations for the 2024 William and Meredith Saunderson Prizes for Emerging Artists.

The Saunderson Prizes consist of three awards of $10,000 dollars each. The purpose of the awards is to support young emerging visual artists whose practices show potential and who are deemed to have the determination and talent to contribute to the legacy of art in Canada.

Nomination Deadline: May 6, 2024, 11:59 pm EDT
Submission Deadline: Nominees will be asked to upload their submission materials by June 3, 2024.


Representatives of public and private galleries, fine arts training institutions previously or currently attended by the nominees, and artist-run-centres, are invited to send a letter of nomination to the Foundation at with the subject line “Saunderson Prize Nomination [Candidate Name]” by May 6 2024, 11:59 pm EDT.

An institution may only nominate one candidate per year.

Shaya Ishaq, Elegy for a Matriarch, 2022. Wood, milkpaint, soil, cotton. Photo: Brandon Brookbank. Courtesy of the artist. Ishaq received a Saunderson Prize in 2023.

Nominations Must Include:

  • A letter of nomination on behalf of the nominating institution;
  • The nominator’s title at the institution;
  • The nominator’s phone number;
  • The candidate’s current city of residence and/or work;
  • The candidate’s email address and phone number;
  • A brief bio of the artist and/or a web link where their bio can be found.

Candidate Criteria

  • The prizes are awarded each year and a person may receive the award only once.
  • Eligible categories in the visual arts include painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, photography, three-dimensional installations and multi-media installations.
  • Candidates are identified on the basis of the jury’s estimation that they have the determination and talent to contribute to the legacy of art in Canada.
  • Candidates must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada under 30 years of age as of December 31 of the current year.
  • The candidate must be an emerging professional artist (3 to 7 years of practice) whose body of work incorporates specialized training (not necessarily gained at an academic institution), a public presence and peer recognition.
  • The artist must demonstrate that their work has been featured in or acquired by at least 2 curated shows or 2 public collections in Canada in the last 5 years.
  • Undergraduate and college students are not eligible for nomination.

Lan “Florence” Yee, RESOLUTION PIECE, 2022, hand embroidery on linen and copper rods, each 5′ x 5′. Photo: Jordan Dawson. Courtesy of the artist. Yee received a Saunderson Prize in 2023.

Candidate Submissions

Once they are nominated, candidates will be invited by the Foundation to upload the following documents to SlideRoom:

  • 10-15 digital images/videos of completed work, at least 8 of which must be self-initiated (meaning: they cannot be projects completed in the context of training at an artistic training institution);
  • An artistic CV highlighting their exhibition history, education, publications, acquisitions, arts-related employment, grants received, awards received, commissions, residency programs, and any other relevant professional experience as an artist;
  • Links to an artist website and/or social media (optional);
  • 1-5 installation images from exhibitions featuring their work;
  • Letter of recommendation (optional);
  • An artist statement (300-800 words);
  • A short bio (300-500 words).

Submissions may be in English or French.

A jury of one mid-career curator and one mid-career artist from living in different areas of Canada will review portfolios and propose three winners. We anticipate that results of the process will be communicated in the summer of 2024.

More information on the prizes and a list of previous laureates:

The Hnatyshyn Foundation
150 Isabella Street, Suite 210
Ottawa, ON K1S 1V7
Marianne Brown, Executive Director
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