Thursday, November 5, 2009

Gabor Szilasi awarded Prix du Québec 2009

MONTREAL/November 2, 2009—

Concordia University is pleased to announce that professor emeritus Gabor Szilasi is among the eleven recipients of the Prix du Québec, the most prestigious award conferred by the Government of Quebec, in recognition of his exceptional body of work spanning the past 50 years. Mr. Szilasi will receive the award at a ceremony being held tomorrow afternoon in the Legislative Council Room of Quebec's National Assembly.

The award-winning professor and photographer is receiving the Prix Paul-Émile-Borduas for visual arts, fine crafts, architecture and design. Mr. Szilasi's 50-year photographic heritage has unique aesthetic and human value. It consists of a very personal look at his homeland of Hungary, as well as his adopted Quebec together with its people, artists, cityscapes and rural scenes. The Eloquence of the Everyday, the latest retrospective of Mr. Szilasi's photography, will be showing at Montreal's McCord Museum in 2011. The Family exhibition of 378 family pictures, initiated by the Montreal Arts Council, is touring the city's exhibition halls until 2011.

About the Prix du Québec

Les Prix du Québec were instituted in 1977 as the highest honors bestowed annually in various fields of endeavour. The winners receive a tax-free $30 000 cash prize, a handwritten parchment certificate, a pin bearing the Prix du Québec symbol and a silver medal created exclusively by a Québec artist chosen through open competition.

Fiona Downey
Senior Media Relations Advisor
Concordia University
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