The Arts and Letters Club of Toronto Foundation Ina Gilbert Visual Arts Award

First recipient of Foundation Ina Gilbert Visual Arts Award

Kyle Stewart is the first recipient of The Arts and Letters Club of Toronto Foundation Ina Gilbert Visual Arts Award.

kyle stewart
The Arts and Letters Club of Toronto Foundation Ina Gilbert Visual Arts Award winner Kyle Stewart.

Stewart was raised in a farm house near St. Thomas, Ontario. His father, Vaughn, was a potter from Detroit, Michigan, and his mother, Shelagh, is a painter from London, England. He graduated from the fine arts program at Lakehead University in Thunder Bay. From 2003 he lived and worked in Toronto, painting and teaching illustration in the School of Fashion at Ryerson University. In 2019 he set up a new studio in Cobourg, Ontario.

Stewart has been a strong presence within Canadian contemporary art. His work has been exhibited throughout Canada, the US, and Europe. His paintings merge loose impressionistic imagery with elements of realism and figurative subject matter.

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About Ina Gilbert

Ina Gilbert
Ina Gilbert

This new award is in partnership with The Arts and Letters Club of Toronto. It will recognize excellence in the visual arts through an annual juried prize to a Canadian resident artist.

Recipients will receive a $500 award and a year-long complimentary membership to The Arts and Letters Club.

This new award was sponsored by a generous donation from Ina’s husband, Jack Gilbert.

The Ina Gilbert Visual Arts Award will be awarded for the first time in 2021.

Ina Gilbert at computer
Ina at her computer
Ina Gilbert with some of her work
Ina Gilbert with some of her work