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Geoffrey James receives Governor General's Award

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Congratulations to Geoffrey James, one of 8 recipients of a 2012 Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts.  James is currently part of the advisory council in the School of Image Arts and is also a co-investigator along with faculty member Robert Burley on a SSHRC grant.  Previously, James was part of the graduate program in Photographic Preservation and Collections Management.

Geoffrey James has truly made a profound impact in the world of contemporary Canadian art. His work explores a variety of themes that include Quebec’s landscape, the US-Mexican border’s “no man’s land’, and such urban spaces as Paris and Havana.

During his distinguished career, James has held a number of influential roles including head of visual arts at the Canada Council. He has worked as a journalist, a full-time photographer and was the associate editor of Time. His impressive creative work can be found at the National Gallery of Canada, the Museum of Modern Art and the Canadian Centre for Architecture.

James has received numerous prizes over his career, including the Canada Council’s Victor Matin Lynch-Staunton Award, the Roloff Beny Foundation Photography Book Award, and the Gershon Iskowitz Foundation Prize.

As a winner of the 2012 Governor General’s Awards in Visual and Media Arts, James receives a $25, 000 cash prize from the Canada Council, and a specially designed medallion sponsored by the Royal Canadian Mint.

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