Professor honoured for work in visual arts
Platt, an associate professor of multimedia and an artist whose projects span
photography, installations and film, was honoured with a visual arts award at the
Hamilton Arts Awards ceremony held last week at Mohawk College.
Platt was nominated for a piece that combines a series of photos taken of a raft floating
on a lake viewed from the front of her Nova Scotia cottage. The photos were taken over
time and illustrate the way the surrounding landscape has changed.
"Hamilton is a great place for budding artists," she said. "Winning the visual art award
makes me feel like an ambassador for art in Hamilton and for McMaster University."
The Hamilton Arts Awards were established in 1976 and consist of a nomination and
jury process which recognizes established artists, such as Platt, in a number of
Platt was nominated by David Brace, owner of the b contemporary gallery on Hamilton's
James Street. As part of the competition, the nominated artist selects an artist in the
first five years of work. Platt selected emerging artist Laura Marotta, a sculptor who
exhibits work at the b contemporary gallery.
Platt has exhibited work in Europe, the US and Canada and recently worked on a
piece called SOS: Soul of the Street for Hamilton's Factory media arts centre. She opens
a solo show in St. Catharines May 24.