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Top emerging B.C. artists to be featured at Polygon exhibition

The North Vancouver gallery reveals finalists for The Lind Prize 2022
Simranpreet Anand "हमारे स्वाद की असलियत, insatiable desires of a bourgeoisie", 2021 | Lief Hall

If you want to see works from B.C.’s best emerging film, photography and video artists, look no further than The Polygon.

The North Vancouver gallery has revealed the seven finalists for the Philip B. Lind Emerging Artist Prize. During an exhibition opening Dec. 10 and running until Jan. 29 next year, you can get to know these artists and their work.

This year’s prizes have increased to celebrate The Polygon’s fifth anniversary, according to a statement. The winner will receive $10,000, and each shortlisted artist will receive $2,500.On top of the cash prize, the winner will produce a project with the gallery.

Simranpreet Anand, Wei Chen, Sidney Gordon, Natasha Katedralis, Jake Kimble, Aaron Leon and Katayoon Yousefbigloo are the finalists, selected from more than 50 nominations.

The winner will be selected by a jury of three arts professionals: Emmy Lee Wall, executive director of Capture Photography Festival; Richard Hill, the Smith Jarislowsky senior curator of Canadian art at Vancouver Art Gallery; and Samuel Roy-Bois, artist and assistant professor in creative studies at UBC Okanagan.

A winner will be announced at an award ceremony on Jan. 26.

“Since 2016, the Lind Prize has recognized young artists for their clear-eyed creative visions,” Polygon director Reid Shier said in the statement.

“This award has made an impact on the lives of many emerging artists in B.C.,” he said. “We look forward to supporting even more talented individuals who contribute so critically to Vancouver’s vibrant art scene.”

Previous Lind Prize winners are Charlotte Zhang (2021), Laura Gildner (2020), Jessica Johnson (2019), Christopher Lacroix (2018), Marisa Kriangwiwat Holmes (2017) and Vilhelm Sundin (2016).

For more information on the 2022 exhibition and finalists, visit The Polygon’s website.