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Finalists for the 2002 Saidye Bronfman Award

Kai Chan
Kai Chan, internationally recognized for his experimental approach to the art of textiles, immigrated to Canada from China in 1966. A part-time instructor at the Ontario College of Art, Chan is based in Toronto and conducts workshops across Canada. Chan's work straddles many craft genres and has been exhibited and described as jewellery, basketry, tapestry, fashion, bookwork, fibre work, toys, contemporary art and sculpture. He has exhibited extensively across Canada, as well as in Austria, Australia, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Japan, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Spain, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the United States.

The Art Gallery of Mississauga, the Tom Thomson Memorial Gallery and the Museum London in London, Ontario, recently mounted a major solo exhibition of Chan's work, Kai Chan: Rainbow Lakes, which will continue to tour across Canada in 2002-2003. Chan's work is represented in numerous private and public collections, including the Canada Council Art Bank, the Canadian Museum of Civilization, the Ontario Crafts Council, the Nordenfjeldske Kunstindustrimuseum, Norway, and the Art Gallery of Szombathely, Hungary.

Susan Edgerley
Susan Edgerley is one the most innovative and outstanding glass sculptors in Canada. Edgerley has been involved with Espace Verre (Centre des métiers du verre du Québec) since 1988, during the glass school's early years. She has taught at the school and served as the facility's President, bringing to both positions dedication and innovation. Edgerley is an exceptional artist who works in glass and other craft media (paper, metal, wood) to create a personal vision that comments on the fragility of life.

Edgerley has conducted workshops and given lectures throughout North America, in Belgium and in Spain. She has exhibited across Canada and in China, Finland, Germany and the United States. In 1996, Edgerley was instrumental in the organization of the Biennale du verre in Montréal, and she organized the exhibition of Canadian glass 10 North for the Glass Art Society's International Conference in New York in 2000. Edgerley's pieces can be found in numerous private and public collections, including the Canadian Museum of Civilization, the Musée du Québec, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, the Claridge Collection, Montreal, and the Wuspum Museum in Wisconsin.

Greg Payce
Greg Payce is one of the most important ceramic artists working in Canada today. He creates provocative works that link contemporary issues in music, printmaking and cinema with classical traditions in clay, resulting in works that display an uncanny combination of invention, wit, material beauty and technical skill.

Payce is currently Head of the Ceramics Department at the Alberta College of Art and Design in Calgary. He has also lectured and conducted workshops across North America and in China, England, Hong Kong and Mexico. His work has been exhibited throughout Canada and in Australia, China, England, Germany, Holland, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, Taiwan and the United States. Payce's work is represented in numerous private and public collections, including the Royal Ontario Museum, the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, the Claridge Collection, Montreal, the Winnipeg Art Gallery, the Canadian Embassies in Berlin and Tokyo, the Canberra School of Art, Australia, and the China Ceramic Institute, Jingdezhen, China, The Four Seasons Hotel in London, England, and U.B.S. Bank International in Switzerland.

Jack Sures
Jack Sures is one of Canada's most distinguished ceramic artists. Based in Regina, Sures' work can best be described as organic, rich, voluptuous and sometimes whimsical, including everything from small vessel forms to monumental murals. Perhaps the most distinguishing characteristic of all Sures' forms is the attention to the manipulation of surface that pervades all of his work, whether it be line, colour or light and shade.

Sures taught ceramics at the University of Regina from 1965 to 1998. The importance of Jack Sures' contribution to the advancement of ceramic art in Canada and the wide recognition of his excellence as a ceramic artist are reflected in the many workshops, lectures and exhibits in which he has participated at educational institutions, potters' guilds, museums and galleries across North America and in Australia, China, France, Hungary, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, Norway, Switzerland and Taiwan. In addition to his studio work, Sures has completed a number of major public art commissions, including a large mural for the Group Visitors Entrance at the Canadian Museum of Civilization.

Sures' received the Order of Canada in 1991, and in 1992 he was recognized by the Province of Saskatchewan for "contributions to Canada and the Province." Sures' pieces can be found in numerous private and public collections, including the University of Regina, the Mackenzie Art Gallery, the Canadian Museum of Civilization and the Pecs National Museum in Hungary.

Barbara Todd
Barbara Todd is widely recognized in Canada as a leading fibre artist. Her signature oeuvre is a series of provocative hand-worked quilts. Todd, who is based in Montréal, skilfully amalgamates the beautiful material and formal qualities of quilts with imagery rooted in compelling social issues. Her masterful quilts include such disparate elements as dark guns, missiles, planes, coffins and childlike renderings of the moon and stars.

Todd's work has been exhibited extensively in Canada, England, Switzerland and the United States. She is currently a Studio Art instructor in the Department of Fine Art at Concordia University, and she has participated in a variety of textile symposia and workshops across Canada. Her work can be found in private and public collections including the Banff Centre for the Arts, the Canada Council Art Bank, the Mackenzie Art Gallery, the Musée du Québec, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, the Library and Gallery, Cambridge, Ontario, and the Vancouver Art Gallery.

Finalists for the 2001 Saidye Bronfman Award
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