Alana Bartol’s performance piece “Dowser”Alana Bartol’s performance piece “Dowser” explores divination as a way of understanding place.

UWindsor alumna among 25 artists nominated for national award

UWindsor alumna Alana Bartol (BFA Visual Arts, 2004) is among 25 artists on the long list for the 2019 Sobey Art Award, a contemporary art prize that recognizes and supports emerging artists from across the country.

Bartol’s multidisciplinary practice involves aspects of performance, installation, video, and bioart. Her work explores topics of place, species, bodies, and care, and draws upon the divination practice of dowsing.

During her time in Windsor, she received grants from the City of Windsor Arts and Heritage Fund and the Windsor Endowment for the Arts. She currently teaches in the drawing and sculpture departments at Alberta University of the Arts.

Each of the 20 longlisted artists who do not proceed to the short list — announced June 12 — will receive $2,000. The shortlisted artists will each receive $25,000, and the winner announced Nov. 15 will receive the top prize of $100,000.

—Susan McKee