Manitoba artist Reva Stone is among eight recipients of this prestigious award recognizing artistic achievement and outstanding contributions in visual and media arts. The Award, which was presented by Governor General David Johnston at Rideau Hall in Ottawa on April 8, comes with a $25,000 cash prize, a unique bronze medallion created by the Canadian Mint, and an exhibition at the National Gallery of Canada.
Reva Stone is a celebrated contemporary Canadian artist recognized for decades of innovative work exploring relationships between interactive technologies and the human condition. She has dedicated herself to service in Manitoba’s arts community through mentorship and volunteerism, notably at MAWA (Mentoring Artists for Women’s Art). Reva was born in Winnipeg, raised in Regina, and returned to Winnipeg as a young woman to study at the University of Manitoba, graduating with a BA in 1968. In 1985 Reva completed a second degree in fine arts from the University of Manitoba’s School of Art.
Commenting on Reva’s distinguished career over more than two decades, the Canada Council noted:
“Reva Stone is a mindful and visionary artist… She examines the complex relationships between humans and their technical inventions and what it means to be human in these times of rapid change. Her challenging large-scale multi-media installations are beautiful, menacing, technologically complex and intellectually rigorous.
One of the first women in Canada to become involved in new media arts, Reva Stone has produced an extensive body of ambitious large-scale projects. She has influenced the directions of artists she has mentored and expanded the understanding of media arts in the communities she has worked in.”
The Manitoba Arts Council has played a role supporting Reva’s work over the years through various grant programs. Between 1985 and 2002 Reva was a member of the MAC’s Artists in the Schools residency program. Reva has also been the recipient of several Manitoba Arts Council grants including a number of Major Arts Grants. Reva was nominated for the prestigious Governor Generals award by MAWA and a reception will be held in her honour at MAWA on April 23 starting at 5:00pm.
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. Two other recipients of the 2015 awards, Robert Houle and Micah Lexier, were born in Manitoba and studied at the University of Manitoba before moving to Toronto where they currently live and work.