Call to Canadian Artists: The Melissa Levin Emerging Artist Awards, apply by Jul 10

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The Melissa Levin Emerging Artist Award
Textile Museum of Canada

Deadline for Applications: July 10, 2017
Open to emerging artists of all disciplines/mediums

Melissa Levin photographed by Alina del Pino

Melissa Levin photographed by Alina del Pino

Melissa Levin (1958–2015) was an artist, mentor and teacher whose career as a textile and costume designer was synonymous with her exuberant love of colour and pattern. The Melissa Levin Emerging Artist Award was established in honour of Melissa’s passion for mentoring emerging artists, with generous donations made by family, friends and communities. If you are interested in donating to the Melissa Levin Emerging Artist Fund, please visit or call 416-599-5321 x2246.

The award is geared to help emerging artists conduct self-directed activities such as art production, apprenticeships, residencies or research. The award aims to help artists develop skills and enrich their knowledge of textiles in the context of historic and contemporary practices as well as to support artists in advancing their practice and creative ability in ways likely to generate long-term artistic and career development. If the applicant desires, the Textile Museum of Canada will support a customized program of research, including access to the Textile Museum of Canada’s library, exhibitions and permanent collection of over 13,000 global artifacts, exposing the successful applicants to new worlds of inspiration.

Two prizes of $3000 each will be awarded to applicants with proven experience within a professional visual arts context.

Emerging artists from all disciplines are encouraged to apply, including artist collectives and collaborative projects. Artists may be working in any medium. For the purpose of this award, an emerging artist is defined as one who has begun to make an impact in their chosen field through exhibitions, community arts engagement or public presentations, and has been practicing professionally for at least three years. Applicants must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident in Canada.

HOW TO APPLY | See details on how to apply here

APPLICATION DEADLINE | Midnight on Monday July 10, 2017

Nina Levitt is a visual artist and a professor in the Department of Visual Arts & Art History at York University. Nina initiated this program in honour of Melissa Levin, her life partner.
Pamila Matharu is an interdisciplinary artist, educator and cultural producer based in Toronto.
Sarah Quinton is Curatorial Director at the Textile Museum of Canada.

Textile Museum of Canada
55 Centre Avenue
Toronto, ON, M5G 2H5

About the Textile Museum of Canada
The Textile Museum of Canada (TMC) is the only museum in Canada that explores ideas and builds cultural understanding through the universally relevant media of textiles. Located in the heart of downtown Toronto, the Museum’s permanent collection spans nearly 2,000 years and consists of more than 13,000 artifacts. The Textile Museum of Canada presents rotating exhibitions, changed throughout the year. Exhibitions draw from TMC’s collection and present the work of local, national and international contemporary artists. The TMC also host touring exhibitions and guest curators through various partnerships and collaborations.

The Textile Museum of Canada is a non-profit cultural and internationally renowned educational institution, which marked its 40th anniversary in 2015. A leader in the digitization of collections and interactive environments, the TMC has been recognized the world over for innovation in the development of landmark educational, research and creative initiatives.

Open seven days a week, the TMC is located steps from the St. Patrick subway station and just a few blocks from Toronto City Hall and the Art Gallery of Ontario. The TMC Shop specializes in textile related merchandise including books and toys and globally sourced artist-designed and artist-made products such as scarves and jewelry. More information about the Museum and its exhibitions can be found online at


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