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Joseph S. Stauffer Prizes

2019 Winners: Olivia Whetung (top left), Allison de Groot (top right), Rebecca Salazar (bottom right)

Carmen Papalia (top left), Stéfanie Clermont (bottom left), Tara Williamson (bottom right)

Photo: Kristin Lantz (top left), Le Quartanier, Justine Latour (bottom left), Photography & makeup by Summer Faith Garcia at RezKat Studios. Hair by Israel Garcia. (bottom right)

Current Winners

Stéfanie Clermont (Literature)

Stéfanie Clermont was born in Ottawa in 1988. In 2017, she published Le jeu de la musique (Le Quartanier), which won the 2018 Adrienne Choquette prize. In 2017, it also won the Œuvre de la relève à Montréal, which is awarded by the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec. Clermont lives in Montréal.

Carmen Papalia (Visual Arts)

Carmen Papalia uses organizing strategies and improvisation to address his access to public space, art institutions and visual culture. His work, which takes forms ranging from collaborative performance to public intervention, is a response to the barriers and biases of systems that enforce ableist concepts of normalcy and standards rooted in Western medical tradition. As a convener, he establishes welcoming spaces where those from historically marginalized groups realize their desires for participation through processes rooted in activism, performance and institutional critique.

Papalia’s work has been featured at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (New York), Tate Liverpool, the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, and Gallery Gachet (Vancouver), among others.

Tara Williamson (Music)

Tara Williamson is an Anishinaabe/Nehiyaw singer/songwriter from Manitoba. Her first full-length album, Songs to Keep Us Warm (produced by Jim Bryson), was nominated for Best Pop Album at the 2017 Indigenous Music Awards.

Williamson’s first 2 EPs—Lie Low (produced by James McKenty) and ndn summer (produced by Kinnie Starr)—continue to receive attention and airplay across Turtle Island and internationally. Her sophomore album, Enough (produced by Justin Delorme), will be released in the spring of 2021.

Tara is also a professional educator, writer and researcher and holds degrees in social work, law, and Indigenous governance.

What is this prize?

The Joseph S. Stauffer Prizes are awarded to emerging and mid-career (less than 15 years of practice) Canadian artists who exhibit strong artistic potential in music, visual arts and literature.

Prize amount

Up to three prizes of $5,000 each (one in each discipline).

How to Qualify

You do not apply for these prizes. Applicants to some grant programs are eligible and will be considered for prizes. Visit Grants | The Canada Council for the Arts to learn more about our granting programs.



Who created this prize?

These prizes are awarded to honour the memory of Joseph S. Stauffer, whose bequest enabled the Canada Council to encourage young Canadians of outstanding promise or potential.

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