Stephen Harper to appear at Art Threat Party

0 Posted by - May 28, 2009 - Blog

3307738979_d7ab5cdc6bArt Threat is pleased to announce the grand winner of its national Framing Harper portrait contest. The goal was to portray Harper’s appreciation of the arts. The 100+ submissions were hilarious, cutting and poignant.

The $1000 grand prize will be awarded to Jack Dylan at an exposition of submitted works on Monday, June 1 at Montreal’s Eastern Bloc Gallery, 7240 Clark St. The event begins at 8pm and admission is by donation (suggested $3).

The exhibition will include a multi-media show of all submitted works, 23 short-listed entries, five honorable mentions, and the Art Threat editor’s choice. Prints of some of the entries will sold through silent auction as a fundraiser for Art Threat.

Stephen Harper’s relationship with the arts in Canada has been a match made in controversy. When he announced the axing of the National Portrait Gallery in Ottawa, it prompted the editors at Art Threat to launch a national portrait contest. “Framing Harper” was a call-out to artists and activists across Canada to create a portrait of Stephen Harper that would capture the PM’s “appreciation” of arts and culture in Canada.

After reviewing the submissions, our esteemed jury (former Heritage Minister Sheila Copps, comedian Mary Walsh, visual artist George Littlechild, filmmaker Yung Chang (Up the Yangtze), and multi-media artist David Jhave Johnston) has chosen Dylan as the winner.

There will be drinks, music, and of course our favourite – political art!

So join us Monday, June 1 at 8pm at Eastern Block Gallery, 7240 Clark St., 1.514.284.2106

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