MannJenThe winner of the 2015 Kingston Prize for Canadian portraiture was announced at the Beaverbrook Art Gallery on Saturday November 14.

The $20,000 prize, presented by the W. Garfield Weston Foundation, was awarded by the jury to Jen Mann of Mississauga, Ontario for the portrait entitled Self-Portrait as a Reflection.

Winners of the two Honourable Mention awards of $2000 each are Jessie Babin of Dalhousie, New Brunswick, and Leslie Watts of Stratford, Ontario.

A total of 414 entries were received from all ten provinces and one territory.

The members of the jury are Stephanie Dickey, Professor, Bader Chair in Northern Baroque Art, Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario; Glenn Priestley, artist, Fredericton, New Brunswick; and Tom Smart, Curator, Peel Art Gallery, Brampton, Ontario.

The Kingston Prize, Canada’s portrait competition, has been held every two years beginning in 2005. The mandate of the project is to promote excellence in contemporary portraiture and to raise public understanding and appreciation of the work of Canadian artists.