Art Gallery of Ontario Announces Toronto-Based Artist Kristan Horton Wins $50,000 Grange Prize

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TORONTO.- After a forty-day public vote, the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) and Aeroplan announced that Toronto-based artist Kristan Horton is the winner of The Grange Prize 2010. The $50,000 prize is Canada’s largest photography prize, also granting $5,000 to each of the runners-up, and is the only major Canadian art prize whose winner is chosen by the public. “Photography captures our imaginations and transcends borders,” says Matthew Teitelbaum, the Michael and Sonja Koerner director, and CEO, Art Gallery of Ontario. “The Grange Prize exists to showcase the best in international photography and to engage the public in a conversation about why photography matters. No better is this exemplified than in the outstanding work of Kristan Horton and our three finalists, and I congratulate them all on their accomplishments.” Works by all four finalists — Americans Josh Brand and Leslie Hewitt, and Canadians