Organized by Manifestation international d’art de Québec, the Prix Videre en arts visuels recognize the creative talents of regional artists at different stages of their careers. These three awards are granted annually following a call for submissions and visits by a jury of peers to exhibitions held in the region of Québec during the visual arts season. Winners each receive a $500 grant, awarded annually by Manif d’art and its two sponsors: the Faculté d’aménagement, d’architecture et des arts visuels de l’Université Laval and the Caisse d’économie solidaire Desjardins de Québec. Since 1993, these awards have been presented as part of the Prix d’excellence des arts et de la culture, an event directed and produced by the Conseil de la culture des régions de Québec et de Chaudière-Appalaches.
The three awards are as follows:
Prix Videre Relève en arts visuels (Videre Emerging Visual Arts Award)
This award is granted to an emerging artist whose recent production distinguished itself from other artistic offerings in the Quebec City region. This award is usually given by the Faculté d’aménagement, d’architecture et des arts visuels de l’Université Laval.
Prix Videre Création en arts visuels (Videre Visual Arts Creation Award, formerly the Prix Videre Événement)
This award is presented to an artist whose recent production set itself apart from other artists in the Québec City region over the arts season. This award is usually given by the Caisse d’économie solidaire Desjardins de Québec.
Prix Videre Reconnaissance en arts visuels (Videre Visual Arts Recognition Award)
This award is attributed to an artist from the Québec City region whose work is characterized by continued excellence, originality, and quality. This award is usually presented by Manif d’art.
The Prix Videre en arts visuels were created by the Videre association in 1993. The word videre originates from the Latin, a verb meaning “to see; to perceive; to look at.” In addition to recognizing the excellence of visual artists from the Quebec City region, the Videre association represented artists with government authorities and politicians. It also holds open houses events at artists’ studios.
Since the beginning, the Prix Videre en arts visuels have been presented as part of the Prix d’excellence des arts et de la culture, an event directed and produced by the Conseil de la culture des régions de Québec et de Chaudière-Appalaches. At first, only one award existed, recognizing the outstanding recent production of a visual artist over the arts season. Three years after the creation of the original Prix Videre, another prize was added to honour the career of an exceptional artist. Manif d’art took over the management of the awards in 2003 and started to present them as of the 12th edition. Two years later, another prize was added to reward the production of an emerging artist. In 2012, the Prix Videre en arts visuels are now celebrating their 20th anniversary. The awards are a recognized as an important reward for visual artists in the region of Quebec.
The definition of visual arts, as understood and used by Manif d’art and the Prix Videre en arts visuels jury, is taken from the Regroupement des artistes en arts visuels du Québec (RAAV) website:
“In An Act Respecting the Professional Status of Artists in the Visual Arts, Arts and Crafts and Literature, and Their Contracts with Promoters, the visual arts are defined as: “the production of original works of research or expression, which are unique or in limited copies and are conveyed by painting, sculpture, engraving, drawing, illustration, photography, textile arts, installation work, performance, art video or any other form of expression of the same nature.” The visual arts involve essentially objects perceived by the viewer’s eye, from the traditional visual arts to different forms of contemporary art such as photography, video art, and digital art.”