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Elysia, from the series “Ziibaaska’iganagooday – The Jingle Dress" by Christian Chapman

Elysia, from the series “Ziibaaska’iganagooday – The Jingle Dress"

Photo: Christian Chapman

Current Winner

The Thunder Bay Art Gallery, in Thunder Bay, Ontario, received the 2022 York Wilson Endowment Award, which funded the acquisition of 11 paintings by artist Christian Chapman, from the series “Ziibaaska’iganagooday – The Jingle Dress.”

Christian Chapman (b. 1975) is of Anishinaabe heritage from Fort William First Nation, Ontario. He creates two-dimensional mixed-media artwork that fuses elements of painting, drawing and printmaking. The Anishinaabe women depicted in the newly acquired portraits are his friends, family, and fellow artists. The act of storytelling has been an important part of Chapman’s life: it has informed him of his culture by shaping his identity, personal experiences, and worldview.

By keeping this series of paintings in Thunder Bay, the Gallery aims to honour past, present, and future generations in the community.

Find out more about the Thunder Bay Art Gallery.


What is this prize?

The York Wilson Endowment Award enables non-profit art museums and public art galleries to purchase original works by living, contemporary Canadian artists working in painting or sculpture.

Who created this prize?

This award is provided thanks to investment proceeds from the York Wilson Endowment. The endowment was established at the Canada Council for the Arts in 1997 by a generous donation from the late Lela Wilson and the late Maxwell Henderson to honour the contribution of Canadian painter York Wilson (1907-1984) to the field of visual art by encouraging and promoting artworks created by Canadian painters or sculptors.

For more information

Jennifer Cherniack

Program Officer, Prizes


1-800-263-5588 (toll-free) or 613-566-4414, ext. 5265


April 2023


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Updated guidelines will be posted 2 months prior to the deadline. Submit your application to yorkwilson-prizes@canadacouncil.ca.

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