Gershon Iskowitz Foundation
Gershon Iskowitz

It’s very important to give something so the next generation can really believe in something. I think the artist works for himself for the most part. Every artist goes through stages of fear and love or whatever it is and has to fight day after day to survive like everyone else. Art is a form of satisfying yourself and satisfying others. We want to be good and belong. That goes through history; we’re striving for it.

Gershon Iskowitz Foundation

GERSHON ISKOWITZ FOUNDATION

The Gershon Iskowitz Foundation is a private, charitable foundation dedicated to the advancement of the visual arts in Canada.

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Gershon Iskowitz Prize

GERSHON ISKOWITZ PRIZE AT THE AGO

The Gershon Iskowitz Prize at the AGO is to be given to a professional Canadian visual artist who has achieved maturity and a measure of success as an artist, and who is on the verge of using his or her creative energy to produce a significant body of work, or to continue his or her research.

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FAYE HEAVYSHIELD AWARDED THE 2021 GERSHON ISKOWITZ PRIZE

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TORONTO (March 2022) — The Gershon Iskowitz Foundation in partnership with the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) is pleased to announce Faye HeavyShield as the recipient of the 2021 GERSHON ISKOWITZ PRIZE AT THE AGO. The award, which includes for the first time a $75,000 cash award, as well as…
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Ken Lum Awarded The 2019 Gershon Iskowitz Prize

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TORONTO (January 7, 2020 )—The Gershon Iskowitz Foundation in partnership with the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) is pleased to announce that Ken Lum is the recipient of the 2019 GERSHON ISKOWITZ PRIZE AT THE AGO. The award, which is presented annually to an artist who has made an outstanding…
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Shuvinai Ashoona wins the 2018 Gershon Iskowitz Prize

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TORONTO (January 24, 2019)— The Gershon Iskowitz Foundation in partnership with the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) is pleased to announce that Shuvinai Ashoona is the recipient of the 2018 GERSHON ISKOWITZ PRIZE AT THE AGO. The award, which is presented annually to an artist who has made an outstanding…