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Sheridan Professor Wins Governor General Award for Visual Arts

March 01, 2011

Robert Fones, a full-time professor at Sheridan College, is among eight recipients of the 2011 Governor General’s Awards

For Immediate Release: March 1, 2011
Oakville, Ontario


Robert Fones, a full-time professor at Sheridan College, is among eight recipients of the 2011 Governor General’s Awards for Visual and Media Arts. Presented annually by the Canada Council for the Arts and the Governor General, the awards recognize the career achievements of visual and media artists and craftspeople. The 2011 recipients will be celebrated during a ceremony at Rideau Hall on March 23.

Robert Fones has exhibited in Canada, the United States and Germany. He works in a variety of media and has consistently explored a number of recurring themes: the ideologies embedded in the artifacts of cultural life, the invisible span of natural and cultural change, and the visual contradictions inherent in the two-dimensional illusions of painting and photography. In 1999, he received the Toronto Arts Award for Visual Art. He has published several books on art, and has written extensively about art and design for such publications as Canadian Art and Azure Magazine. To learn more about his work, visit www.robertfones.com.

Robert’s association with Sheridan dates back to 1987-1988, when he taught in the former School of Crafts and Design. He has been a full-time professor since 2006, and teaches in the Art and Art History and Communication, Culture and Information Technology programs – both joint degrees offered by Sheridan and the University of Toronto at Mississauga.