The philosophy of the Foundation is that strong juries choose strong candidates, which in turn enhances the integrity of the Award.

Each year, the Joe Plaskett Foundation appoints three Canadian artists or curators of significant reputation to the jury.

2018 Jury – Université du Québec à Montréal

Julie Trudel   (Chair) Assistant Professor, Université du Québec à Montréal,
2013 Joseph Plaskett Award Winner
David Elliott Professor, Concordia University
Jennifer Lefort Instructor, Université du Québec en Outaouais and University of Ottawa, and 2005 Joseph Plaskett Award Winner
Mathieu Ménard   (Assistant)

2017 Jury – Ontario College of Art and Design

Laura Millard  (Chair) Associate Professor, Ontario College of Art and Design
David Liss Curator, Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA)
Alexander Irving Associate Professor, University of Toronto
Jen Aitken (Assistant)

2016 Jury – Vancouver

David MacWilliam  (Chair) Associate Professor and former Dean of the Audain Faculty of Visual Art and Material Practice, Emily Carr University of Art and Design
Gary Pearson Professor in Painting, University of British Columbia at Okanagan
Allyson Clay Professor in the Centre for Contemporary Art,
Simon Fraser University

2015 Jury – Ottawa

Jennifer Lefort  (Chair) Painter and former Plaskett recipient (2005)
Carol Wainio Governor General Award in Visual Arts winner
and senior Canadian painter
Jonathan Shaughnessy Curator, National Gallery of Canada

2014 Jury – Winnipeg

Mark Neufeld    (Chair) Associate Professor, University of Manitoba
and recipient of the Inaugural Joseph Plaskett Award
Paul Butler Artist and Curator of Contemporary Art, Winnipeg Art Gallery
Eleanor Bond Associate Professor, Concordia University
and renowned Winnipeg based artist

2013 Jury – Vancouver

Renée Van Halm   (Chair) Professor Emeritus, Emily Carr University
Robert Youds University of Victoria
Ben Reeves Emily Carr University of Art + Design

The 2012 jury in Halifax was: Jan Peacock, Alex Livingston and Peter Dykhuis.

The 2011 jury in Toronto was: John Kissick, Shirley Wiitasalo and Laura Millard.

The 2010 jury in Montreal, was Eliza Griffiths (Chair), Pierre Dorion, and Etienne Zack.

The 2009 jury in Calgary, was Chris Cran (Chair), Arlene Stamp, and Ron Moppett.

The 2008 jury in Vancouver, was Paul Mathieu (Chair), Landon Mackenzie, and Mark Neufeld.

Special Thanks

The Joe Plaskett Foundation would like to express its thanks and appreciation to the outstanding Canadian artists who have served on The Plaskett Award jury between 2004 and 2008: 
Mario Doucet, Andy Fabo, Vera Frenkel, Sherrard Grauer, Duncan de Kergommeaux, Landon Mackenzie, Cheryl Sourkes, Ian Wallace,  Robert Young, and Takao Tanabe.