Announcement: Tanabe Price 2023 Winner!  Amy Modahl

Two artists in the B.C. Interior, Amy Modahl and Robin Hodgson, have won this year’s Tanabe Prize. They each receive $15,000.

Modahl, who teaches at the Vernon campus of Okanagan College, has had solo exhibitions at the Kamloops Art Gallery and the Kelowna Art Gallery.

Emerging artist Robin Hodgson, of Kamloops, a quadriplegic since the age of 19, has partial movement in his arms, allowing him to paint with the assistance of adaptive tools. Last year, he had an exhibition at the Kamloops Art Gallery.

The winners were selected by a panel of curators connected to British Columbia galleries and museums. Selection is based on exceptional creativity coupled with a promise of future achievements. Names of the selectors are confidential.

There is no application process for either curators or artists. The prize is open to painters in British Columbia and is administered by the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria.

Takao Tanabe, born in Prince Rupert, B.C., in 1926, lives on Vancouver Island. His paintings reflect his interest in abstraction and the landscape. -from GALLERIES WEST