The Sobey Art Award is Canada’s preeminent award for contemporary Canadian art with an annual prize of $50,000 awarded to a significant Canadian artist under 40. Since its inception in 2002, the Sobey Art Award and accompanying exhibition has been organized and administered by the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia. Previous winners of this prestigious award include: Brian Jungen (2002), Jean-Pierre Gauthier (2004), Annie Pootoogook (2006), Michel de Broin (2007) and Tim Lee (2008).
For a second year running, Kelly Richardson has been shortlisted to represent Ontario. Her installation at Birch Libralato last summer which included Twilight Avenger was responsible for this nomination.