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Robert G. Kemp Arts Award winner announced

Textile artist Tracey Lawko wins 30th annual prize, worth $5,000
2022-05-13 Kemp award winner Tracey Lawko
Tracey Lawko, right, is the recipient of the 2022 Robert G. Kemp Arts Award.

The Blue Mountain Foundation for the Arts is pleased to announce the 30th recipient of the Robert G. Kemp Arts Award 2022 is Tracey Lawko from Glen Huron.

Reflections of Ourselves is a textile-based collaborative art project that explores the question, “Who are we?” through dual lenses of cultural heritage and material culture as expressed through textile traditions and contemporary techniques.

Tracey has chosen a tree as a non-political symbol of our human community where differences in human cultures are like leaves on the human tree. The opening exhibition is at the Orillia Museum of Art and History, running from May 28 to Sept. 3. Plans are for this collection to travel across Canada.

The $5,000 cash prize was created in 1989 from a trust fund administered by the Blue Mountain Foundation for the Arts with the intent to provide encouragement and recognition to the artistic development of an individual or group residing in the Southern Georgian Bay area. Each applicant submits a project proposal that will provide a benefit to the community.