Victor Tolgesy Arts Award
Deadline for nominations: March 10, 2017
The Victor Tolgesy Arts Award is presented as a joint venture of the City of Ottawa and Ottawa Arts Council. The award recipient also receives a bronze casting, special edition version of the late Victor Tolgesy’s 1963 sculpture titled “Seed and Flower” provided by the City of Ottawa. The recipient will also receive a cash prize of $5,000.
The Victor Tolgesy Arts Award was inaugurated in 1987 by the City of Ottawa and the Ottawa Arts Council to recognise the accomplishments of residents who have contributed substantially to enriching cultural life in the city. It is named in honour of Ottawa artist Victor Tolgesy who died in 1980.
2016 Recipient of the Victor Tolgesy Arts Award
Mr Currie has been active in Ottawa’s music community for over 45 years. After many years with the NAC Orchestra, he expanded his career as a conductor in 1990. Appointed Professor of Music at the University of Ottawa, Mr Currie has been a faculty member and conductor of the University Orchestra since 1982.
In 1992 Mr Currie became Music Director of the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra offering audiences a large orchestral repertoire with flare, excitement and great musicianship. He always nurtured local talent and performed music of local composers. Mr Currie also invited local youth ensembles to perform with the Orchestra. He played a pivotal role in creating the OSO’s youth education programs as well as engaging children and families with Symphony for Schools and Inside the Music.
The Ottawa Arts Council, in collaboration with the City of Ottawa, presents the Victor Tolgesy Arts Award on an annual basis. The Award recognizes the accomplishments of residents who have contributed substantially to enriching cultural life in our city. Mr Currie will be the 27th recipient of this award.
Guidelines for Eligibility
Recipients for this award must:
- Have lived in the National Capital Region (defined as 75km from Parliament Hill) for the previous five years
- Be nominated by an individual or group (nominators may not nominate more than one individual per category per year)
- Not have previously received this award
- Evaluation Criteria
- The nominee fully meets the eligibility criteria
- Diversity of the nominee’s accomplishments
- Impact of the nominee’s contribution to the arts in Ottawa
- Extent of their role in the development of the Ottawa arts community
An individual, collective, or arts organization may nominate a candidate by filling out the appropriate forms, preparing a letter of nomination, organizing letters of support and collecting/submitting support materials.
- Applications must be submitted via WeTransfer.com
- Posthumous nominations will not be accepted
- Incomplete or late applications will not be considered
- Deadline for nominations: March 10, 2017
- Awards Presentation: May 9, 2017