York U professor receives Governor General's visual and media arts award

York University had its fingerprints all over the 2016 Governor General's Awards in Visual and Media Arts after two York faculty nominated two winners, one of them a York professor.

photo of professor Philip Hoffman receiving his medallion from Governor-General David Johnston

Their Excellencies the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, and Mrs. Sharon Johnston presented the 2016 Governor General’s Awards in Visual and Media Arts during a ceremony at Rideau Hall, on Wednesday, March 23, 2016. Here, York University Professor Philip Hoffman receives his medallion from Governor-General Johnston.

Professor Philip Hoffman was in Ottawa last Wednesday night to receive the Governor General's Award. Prof. Hoffman was nominated by fellow Cinema & Media Arts professor and FGS Associate Dean Mike Zryd. Prof. Michael Longford was co-nominator of curator award winner Marnie Fleming who won the outstanding contribution award.

In his nomination letter, Zryd said, "Philip Hoffman is one of the most influential experimental film artists working in Canada today. He has created a remarkable and sustained body of media art over nearly four decades in that has had an immense impact on several generations of Canadian experimental filmmakers and digital moving image artists."

The nomination goes on to say, "His enduring impact is seen in the development of personal filmmaking, techniques of hand-processing and artisanal production, and the method of process cinema. His work combines sensitively observational documentary aesthetics, attentive to small gestures and humanist themes, with innovative forms of cinematic experimentation. Hoffman’s inquiry is tied to a deep sense of social responsibility and a profound commitment to pedagogy and to community."

group photo of award winners, nominators and Governor-General David Johnston

York University professors Philip Hoffman (front row second from left), Michael Longford (back row fourth from right) and Mike Zryd (back row second from right) were in Ottawa for the presentation of the Governor-General's Awards in Visual and Media Arts last Wednesday.

The Governor General's Awards in Visual and Media Arts were created in 1999 by the Canada Council for the Arts and the Governor General of Canada. Each year up to seven artists are honoured for their artistic achievement and one person for his or her outstanding contribution to contemporary visual and/or media arts. Award recipients receive a bronze medallion produced by the Royal Canadian Mint and $25,000 cash.

For more information visit the Governor General's Awards in Visual and Media Arts website.

photos by MCpl Vincent Carbonneau, Rideau Hall © OSGG, 2016.