2015 Plaskett and Petry Award Recipients

2015 Plaskett Award Winner – Stanzie Tooth

We are thrilled to announce that Stanzie Tooth is this year’s recipient of the 2015 Joseph Plaskett Award. This $25,000 prize is the legacy of the generous, Canadian-born artist and philanthropist, Joseph Plaskett (1918 – 2014). The award was established in 2004 to support a mature Canadian MFA student to travel and make art in Europe for one year. Congratulations Stanzie!

When the formation of the Plaskett Foundation was announced in 2004, Mr. Plaskett said, “I created this award in emulation of what Emily Carr did for me in 1946. I would like young Canadian artists to enjoy the privileges I experienced more than a half century ago. Europe and, above all, France, have left me richer in knowledge and experience. Although things have changed a great deal since I first travelled and studied abroad, the lesson of Europe and it’s past is always waiting for those ready to learn.”

The 2015 jury was based in Ottawa and included Jonathan Shaughnessey, Curator, National Gallery of Canada; Governor General Award winner Carol Wanio, and former Plaskett recipient and painter Jennifer Lefort (chair). The award is administered in partnership between the Joseph Plaskett Foundation and the Royal Academy of Arts (RCA) and this year included the inaugural runner up prize of $10,000 named the Nancy Petry Award, which was given to Rachel Crummey. The awards were presented to Stanzie and Rachel at the RCA’s 135th Annual General Assembly held at the Musee d’art contemporain in Montreal on May 16.

Stanzie Tooth is an MFA candidate at the University of Ottawa. In 2007 she received her BFA from the Ontario College of Art & Design with an award for excellence in painting. Her work has been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions across Canada including “60 Painters” at Humber College, an ambitious overview of contemporary Canadian painting. Stanzie is represented by General Hardware Contemporary, Toronto.

Stanzie’s MFA thesis exhibition, titled Hand to Ground, will take place at the City of Ottawa’s Karsh Masson Gallery, beginning August 1st, 2015. The Department of Visual Arts at the University of Ottawa is proud of its ongoing partnerships with local and regional Arts presenters and institutions. MFA thesis exhibitions are held annually in August, in professional venues across the Ottawa-Gatineau region.


2015 Petry Award Inaugural Winner – Rachel Crummey

Rachel Crummey
Rachel Crummey

The Joseph Plaskett Foundation and RCA congratulate Rachel Crummey – the very first Nancy Petry Award recipient! The senior artist Nancy Petry was on hand at the Musee d’art contemporain for the Plaskett/Petry Award Reception to congratulate Rachel herself.

This Inaugural prize was selected by the 2015 Plaskett/Petry Jury based this year in Ottawa. The chair of jury, Jennifer Lefort spoke on behalf of her colleagues, Jonathan Shaughnessy, a curator at the National Gallery of Canada and Carol Wainio, painter and Governor General Award in Visual Arts recipient as she told the crowd how Rachel’s work and docier had appealed to the jury for its rigour and freshness.

Rachel gave a speech in front of the 100 guests, and thanked the jury and Ms. Petry and her gallery for their support. She is pleased to be able to plan a trip to work in Europe for this coming year.

Bio: Rachel Crummey is a visual artist based in Toronto. She has been an artist in residence in Vienna, Austria as part of their Kulturkontakt program, at the Salzburger Kunstverein in Salzburg, Austria (both 2015), and at the Vermont Studio Centre (2011). She has participated in solo and group exhibitions in Canada and Europe. Recent venues include Millington Marriott (London U.K), the Macdonald Stewart Art Centre (Guelph), and the Olga Korper gallery (Toronto). Her work is in corporate and private collections, including TD Canada Trust. She received her MFA from Guelph University in 2014.