Release : April 10, 2015


Jean-François Blanchette receives the 2015 Prix Champlain for his book Du coq à l’âme : l’art populaire au Québec

OTTAWA, April 9, 2015 â€“ Jean-François Blanchette, author of Du coq à l’âme : L’art populaire au Québec, was awarded the prestigious Prix Champlain, in the non-fiction (Érudition) category, during the awards ceremony that was held as part of the Journée de la francophonie canadienne at the Salon international du livre de Québec.
This richly illustrated “treasure chest of popular art” was published in May 2014 in the Mercury series, the best resource on Canadian history, prehistory and culture, coedited by the University of Ottawa Press and the Canadian Museum of History.
Anthropologist Jean-François Blanchette devoted his entire career the reclamation of folk art. In Du coq à l’âme, he provides historical context to the Quebec folk art collections held at the Canadian Museum of History, including the prestigious Nettie Covey Sharpe collection. Blanchette presents the history of folk art, as well as the artists and their artwork, over four centuries—from its traditional form to its modern, unbridled manifestation, graffiti. He especially shows that folk art is a free-spirited manifestation of our collective aspirations, of our identity, of our heritage… of all that defines a community. Whether religious or rebellious, humorous or daring, popular art—or unpopular in the case of graffiti—is a reflection of our society and holds an important place in our collective psyche.
During the awards ceremony, Yves Laberge, President of the Prix Champlain jury, said this of the book: “This highly illustrated book shows the richness and diversity of the paintings, sculptures, models and other decorative objects that emanated from rural areas and, for this reason, are less well known. Jean-François Blanchette also showcases artists and allows them to comment their own work. He shows the relevance of folk art in the 21st century.”
The Prix Champlain was created in 1956 to support the development of Francophone communities and French culture in North America. Today, its purpose is to enhance visibility of the Canadian Francophonie and of Franco-Canadian literature by rewarding Canadian authors who live outside Quebec. This annual award recompenses a work of fiction and a work of non-fiction that distinguish themselves because of the quality and originality of both the format and the content.
The University of Ottawa Press is proud to publish renowned authors and researchers who contribute eloquently to the advancement and the dissemination of research in social sciences.

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