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The 2017 Murray Jacob Clerkson Award

About the Award

The prestigious Murray Clerkson Award has been created by bequest to the Blue Mountain Foundation for the Arts by the late Mr. Clerkson, and is intended to celebrate the accomplishments of an outstanding, local, emerging, visual artist who demonstrates potential for significant contribution to the arts. It is given to an individual who has shown courage and determination in becoming an artist. Murray's wish is that the award would recognize an evolving or emerging artist, not yet professionally established, but who has reached a stage where he/she now possesses a body of work that indicates strength, purpose and commitment. The award is open to all artists working in any visual arts media or discipline.


About Murray Clerkson

December 12, 1933—March 10, 2009
Murray was born in Broadview, Saskatchewan, the youngest of 12 siblings. He attended the Vancouver School of Art and UBC, and then moved to Toronto to freelance as a fashion illustrator and painter. In Collingwood he was proprietor of the well loved Clerkson’s Country Furniture on Pine Street.

Clerkson was a well known local artist, eccentric, with a dramatic flair in his own art. Throughout his own career, he strongly supported new and emerging artists by investing in their work and freely and positively commenting on their achievement.

Clerkson Award Winner

The BMFA is pleased to announce that the winner of the 2017 Murray J. Clerkson Award is Hilary Slater.
Together, Hilary and the other four finalists of the Clerkson Award, have become the artists of the 2017 Clerkson Award Exhibition, which is now showing in the Clerkson Gallery of the BMFA Arts Centre until June 25th, 2017.

Left to right are Adele Derkowski, Theresa Aubertin, Victoria Huntley,
Hilary Slater and Bart Ollen