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Catherine Bolduc is the winner of the 2013 Powerhouse Prize

Thursday June 20th,2013

Cocktail 6pm

Award Ceremony 7pm

Finalists for the 2013 Powerhouse Prize were Catherine Bolduc, Nadia Myre and Thérèse Mastroiacovo.



The PRIX POWERHOUSE is a $ 5,000 recognition prize that celebrates women* artists who, having reached the mid-stage in their career, contribute in a significant and sustained way to the cultural life of Montréal. The purpose of the prize is to recognize and honour an individual artist of unique vision who pursues their practice with determination and without compromise. *Women and self-identified women.


Chosen by an external jury whose members we gratefully thank for their contribution to this initiative:
Claire Moeder (Independent curator, critic), Luanne Martineau (artist and Assistant professor at Concordia University), Louise Simard (Curator, Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal), Régine Cadet ( Co-Artistic Director, MAI: Montréal, Arts Interculturels) and Renee Beart (Independent Curator).


The award is integral to the mandate of La Centrale, an artist-run centre committed to providing a platform for practices grounded in feminist discourse and engages a broader spectrum of underrepresented artists and their initiatives within established art institutions.



Catherine Bolduc is a visual artist whose multi-disciplinary practice often borders the real and the imaginary while maintaining high investment.  Bolduc obtained her MFA in visual arts and media in 2005 at l’Université du Québec à Montréal and also holds a bachelors in visual arts from this same institution, as well as a bachelors of art history from l’Université de Montréal. To date, she has had eleven solo exhibitions, the most recent being Mes châteaux d’air at Centre Expression in Saint-Hyacinthe in 2009-2010, Le voyage d’une fabulatrice at Galerie SAS in Montréal in 2009, and 2008’s My life without gravity at the Künstlerhaus Bethanien in Berlin. Since 1997, Bolduc has been featured in over thirty group exhibitions and also participated in several notable art fairs including PULSE NY International Contemporary Art Fair, Papier10, Art Forum and Loop. Bolduc has had artist residencies around the world, including a six month residency at Studio du Québec à Tokyo in Japan in 2010 and a twelve month residency at Künstlerhaus Bethanien in Berlin from 2007 to 2008. Garnering a local as well as an international audience, her work has been featured in numerous publications, notably Espace Sculpture, Radio-Canada, La Presse, Le Devoir, Art New England, The Boston Globe, and Vie des arts. Bolduc’s works are also part of the collections of le Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, Collection Ville de Laval and Collection Cirque du Soleil.

Website of Catherine Bolduc

Nadia Myre is a multidisciplinary artist from Québec and an Algonquin member of the Kitigan Zibi Anishnabeg. Myre is a graduate of Camosun College and Emily Carr College of Art and Design, and obtained her MFA at Concordia University in 2002. For over 15 years, Myre’s art practice has employed installation, photography, sculpture, prints, beadwork, drawings, and videos to confront a spectrum of cultural iconography and social inequities that have informed her experience as a visual artist. Her recent solo exhibitions include Meditations on Black Lake at Gallery Art Mûr in Montreal in 2012, Nadia Myre: Symbology at the Carleton University Art Gallery in Ottawa in 2011, Skin Tissue –as part of Hides: Skin as Material and Metaphor at the National Museum of the American Indian in New York City in 2010, and Landscape of Sorrow and Other New Work at Gallery Art Mûr in 2009.

Myre has also had her work presented in numerous group exhibitions, most recently at the National Gallery of Canada, the National Museum of the American Indian in New York, the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, the 2012 Sydney Biennial, and the 2011 Montréal Biennale. 
The focus and depth of Myre’s artistic practice has garnered her numerous awards and fellowships over the years, including the Pratt & Whitney Canada’s ‘Les Elles de l’art’ for the Conseil des arts de Montréal, the Quebec Arts Council’s Prix à la création artistique pour la region des Laurentides, and the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians & Western Art in Indianapolis. Nadia Myre has garnered accolades for her practice from such respected art review forums as American Craft Magazine, The Washington Post, The New York Times, Canadian Art, and Parachute Magazine.

Website of Nadia Myre