Laurie Anderson has just been named the winner of the 2007 Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize, which consists of $300,000 and a silver medal. The prize is a legacy from silent screen stars (and sisters) Dorothy and Lillian Gish. Lillian’s will specified that it should be awarded annually to “a man or woman who has made an outstanding contribution to the beauty of the world and to mankind’s enjoyment and understanding of life.” Previous recipients include saxophonist and composer Ornette Coleman, playwright Arthur Miller, filmmaker Ingmar Bergman, architect Frank Gehry and songwriter Bob Dylan.
Painter/Installation Artist Whitfield Lovell was one of 24 recipients of the $500 000 "genius award" announced yesterday by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. The award recognizes "creativity, originality and potential". Each recipient will receive $100,000 annually for the next five years, with no strings attached. Composer and saxophonist John Zorn was among the winners announced in 2006, providing much fodder to late night talk show hosts.
Vancouver artist Arabella Campbell was announced the winner of the 9th annual national RBC Painting Competition. She will receive $25 000. Calgary artist Chris Millar and Toronto artist Melanie Authier were named honourable mentions and will each receive $15 000.