The finalists were selected, as always, from every region of the country: Raymond Boisjoly represented West Coast and Yukon; Divya Mehra the Prairies and the North; Bridget Moser was the face of Ontario; Jacynthe Carrier that of Quebec. Ursula Johnson, representing the Atlantic region, a performance and installation artist of Mi'kmaq First Nation ancestry, was the winner. The 37-year- old, Halifax- based artist, had this to say during the gala event at the Art Museum at the University of Toronto: “I am so grateful for winning this award! I have so much gratitude to have been selected to represent my region and to be in the company of such brilliant artists who are working in amazing ways! This gift of being the winner of the Sobey Art Award means that I will now have the tremendous opportunity to work on a larger scale and expand the reach of my work to a broader community while exploring more diversity in materials and content as well as beginning to create a network of collaborators internationally!

It is worth noting, that for the first time in the history of the Sobey Art Award, 2017 saw women and Indigenous artists dominate the shortlist. As, nota bene, they did in the year-long cultural celebrations across the country, and at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, with series of exhibitions by Indigenous women artists. externe), and by following @PrixSobeyAward.
Art Museum at the University of Toronto 

Ursula Johnson
Photo: Rita Taylor courtesy of Banff Centre for the Arts