Fine Art Prof Wins Award

December 18, 2008 - News Release

A University of Guelph fine art professor has won a prestigious prize from the Canada Council for the Arts. Diane Borsato was one of seven people to receive 2008 Victor Martyn Lynch-Staunton Awards this week.

The prizes, worth $15,000 each, recognize outstanding mid-career artists in seven disciplines: dance, integrated arts, media arts, music, theatre, visual arts and writing and publishing. The prizes were created using funds from a bequest made by the late Victor Martyn Lynch-Staunton.

Borsato, an integrated arts and visual artist and a U of G professor since 2007, has become known for her relational gestures and eccentric experiments. She regularly exhibits videos, photographs and drawings that document her activities.

Her humorous and multidisciplinary practice includes such works as Sleeping with Cake (1999), The World’s Longest Paper Clip Chain (2001), Artifacts in My Mouth (2003), Wondering How Long He Can Keep Up The World (2005), Moving the Weeds Around (2005), How To Respond in an Emergency (2006), and Three Performances (After Joseph Beuys, Marina Abramovic, and Bonnie Sherk) (2008).

She has exhibited in galleries and museums across Canada and internationally including the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, the Art Gallery of York University and the Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery in Toronto.

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