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Congratulations to Carol Wainio, Governor General Award Winner!

"Rich, tactile and complex, Carol Wainio’s works carry all the power of painting, yet are not about painting. Rather they are rooted in the representational and external concerns.  Working with large-scale canvasses, using a restrictive, sometimes monotone, colour palette, she manipulates figuration. Her work is a conversation with the viewer in which she poses questions about how things are, or will be. Layering fairy tale illustrations, children’s drawings and images from mass culture, she creates new narratives, dark and sad, in which the enchantment of the fairy tales is lost amid the discarded refuse of a consumerist society."

Carol has been a Full Time Professor, Part Time Professor and Adjunct Professor in the Department of Visual Arts since 1987. We are so proud and grateful for her contributions to Canadian and International Art and to the Department of Visual Arts at the University of Ottawa.

The Governor General’s Awards in Visual and Media Arts were created in 1999 by the Canada Council for the Arts and the Governor General of Canada. The awards celebrate Canada’s vibrant arts community and recognize remarkable careers in the visual and media arts. Each year, the awards honour up to 7 artists for their artistic achievements, and 1 person for his or her outstanding contribution to contemporary visual and/or media arts. The award-winners receive a medallion and a cash prize of $25,000 each. This represents the10th time that a member of the Department of Visual Arts has received the award, a feat not equalled anywhere.  Most recently, Adjunct Professor Diana Nemiroff won the award in 2012.

The Award Ceremony will take place at Rideau Hall on March 26th, 2014.