The Clay & Glass Announces the Winner of the 2018 Winifred Shantz Award

Image: Hellcat Foos (For Protecting A Space), 2018, Lindsay Montgomery.

The Canadian Clay & Glass Gallery is pleased to announce that Lindsay Montgomery of Toronto, Ontario has won the 2018 Winifred Shantz Award for Ceramics.

The winner was celebrated and the award presented at the Canadian Clay & Glass Gallery on Saturday, December 1 at 7:30pm. The ceremony featured brief artist talks by Montgomery as well as Janet Macpherson, who won the Award in 2013. The ceremony was accompanied by a performance from the Penderecki String Quartet to close out the Gallery’s 25th Anniversary Year celebrations.

Lindsay Montgomery works across a variety of media including ceramics, painting and puppetry to create narrative videos, performances and objects. Her work is focused on creating personal mythologies that address a wide range of topics and issues including death and mysticism, family dynamics, and evolving modes of power. She earned a BFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, and received her MFA from the University of Minnesota. Her work has been exhibited in Canada and internationally with exhibitions at The Gardiner Museum for Ceramics, The Archie Bray Foundation, and The National Conference on Education in the Ceramic Arts. She is the recipient of numerous awards including The Helen Copeland Memorial Award, The Joyce Carlyle Memorial Scholarship in the Crafts Endowment, and an individual project grant from The Canada Council for the Arts. She lives and works in Toronto and Montreal and currently teaches at Concordia University.

Image: Monster Faience 4 (A Garden for Peace and Outsiders) (detail), 2018, Lindsay Montgomery.

Lindsay Montgomery plans to participate in an intensive artist residency in the spring of 2019 at Medalta, an industrial contemporary ceramic arts facility, art gallery and community hub in Medicine Hat, Alberta.  Medalta’s facilities offer Montgomery the chance to develop her Neo-Istoriato series on a larger scale not possible in her own studio. The Shantz Award will extend Montgomery’s grand prize one-month residency at Medalta into an immersive twelve-week residency which includes teaching workshops alongside research and exploration dedicated to earthenware technologies.

The 2018 Winifred Shantz Award for Ceramics was juried by Dr. Rachel Gotlieb, Gloria Hickey and Paul Mathieu.

The Winifred Shantz Award for Ceramics is supported by The Keith and Winifred Shantz Fund for the Arts, held at the Kitchener Waterloo Community Foundation. This prestigious $10,000 award allows practising early career ceramic artists to undertake a period of independent research, or other activities that advance their artistic and professional practice.

Past recipients of the award truly represent the best of the emerging ceramic artists in Canada. For information about previous winners, click here.

Click the videos below to watch artist talks from both the 2018 winner Lindsay Montgomery and the 2013 winner Janet Macpherson.




About Winifred Shantz: The late Winifred Shantz was a driving force for the arts in Waterloo Region for more than 40 years. A successful ceramist, entrepreneur and visionary philanthropist, she was committed to finding ways to enable artists to reach their full potential.

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