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A jeweller, a luthier and two multidisciplinary artists: last week the City of Montréal revealed the four winners of the prix d'excellence en métiers d'art et en arts visuels.

The Prix François-Houdé, which recognizes excellence in new Montréal craft design, was awarded to Laurie Dansereau for her judicious use of varied material, some precious, some not.

This year, the jury, composed of Guy Arcand (cabinet maker and teacher at the École d'ébénisterie d'art de Montréal), Sylvie Bélanger (glass artist), Louise Lemieux-Bérubé (textile artist and director of the Montreal Centre for Contemporary Textiles), Antoine Lamarche (jeweller) and Réjane Mercier (ceramist) also awarded an honorary mention to luthier Thierry André.

The Prix Pierre-Ayot was given to sculptor, photographer and illustrator Patrick Coutu. This artist gained recognition in 1999 with "La Moderne" shown at the Saidye Bronfman Centre for the Arts and "Construction dans l'espace" in 2000. 

François Morelli, multidisciplinary artist, won the Prix Louis-Comtois for his practice of combining, most notably, drawing and sculpture.

The jury for these two awards was made up of Sam Abramovitch (member of the Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal's administrative council), Stéphane Aquin (contemporary art conservator of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts), Sylvette Babin (director of the magazine Esse), Fernand Leduc (artist) and Nicolas Mavrikakis (art critic for the weekly Voir).

Each winner received a grant to organize a solo exhibition.

Translation by Jennifer Edwards

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