2013 BC First Nations Art Awards Announced
2013 First Nations' Art recipients with Hon. John Rustad
Six accomplished aboriginal artists were recognized for their outstanding work at a special ceremony for the 2013 BC Creative Achievement Awards for First Nations' Art.
Hon. John Rustad, Minister of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation, presented the awards at a ceremony at the Fairmont Waterfront Hotel.
The Annual BC Creative Achievement Awards for First Nations' Art celebrate artistic excellence in traditional, contemporary or media art. The 2013 recipients chosen by the jury are:
"The Foundation is honoured to recognize these artists," said Mitchell. "They join 37 First Nations artists that the Foundation has had the privilege of recognizing over the past seven years. We thank Michael Audain and Polygon for their tremendous support of the BC Creative Achievement Awards for First Nations Art."
The awards will be presented at a November ceremony in Vancouver.
The award jurors: Brenda Crabtree, Aboriginal program manager, Emily Carr University of Art + Design; Bill McLennan, curator, Pacific Northwest, UBC Museum of Anthropology; and Dempsey Bob, OC, 2007 recipient of the British Columbia Lifetime Creative Achievement Award for First Nations Art.
Dale Campbell is an internationally recognized carver, known for her masks, plaques and totem poles. As well, a button blanket that Dale designed and constructed was selected for a year-long exhibition entitled "Robes of Power: Totem Poles on Cloth", first shown in Australia. Dale finds much of her inspiration in the myths and legends of her Tahltan and Tlingit people. Dale has added jewellery and glass etching to her practice. Her work has been shown in the Museum of the Northern BC and the Museum of Anthropology and is in collections in North American and abroad. See Dale's work
Marlene Liddle has been weaving with cedar bark since 2008, after a lengthy apprenticeship gathering and preparing the red and yellow cedar of Haida Gwaii. Descended from a long line of Haida carvers and weavers, Marlene was mentored by master weaver Christine Carty in the traditional disciplines of cedar bark Haida hats. Marlene now weaves hats in a contemporary style that incorporates both traditional techniques and modern materials. See Marlene's work
Joe Martin is dedicated to the art and tradition of carving the ocean-going dugout canoes that connect the villages of the northwest coast of Vancouver Island. He is well-known in the Nuu-chah-nulth area for the beauty and quality of his canoes and for his art and skill in the building of traditional canoes. Trained by his father at an early age, Joe has over his career produced 62 canoes. As an ambassador for Clayoquot Sound and the traditions of the Nuu-chah-nulth, he promotes cultural practice and cross-cultural education. And, true to tradition, he passes on his knowledge and skill to the next generation. See Joe's work
Over the past 30 years, carving in his Tahltan-Tlingit tradition, Ken has produced an impressive body of work that has been exhibited across Canada, in the US and internationally. A master carver, Ken creates works from miniature to large-scale, from small sculptures to totem poles. He is a founding instructor of the Freda Diesing School of Northwest Coast Art at Northwest Community College in Terrace. See Ken's work
Sammy Robinson is a Haisla carver from Kitamaat Village on the northwest BC coast. A self-taught artist, he began carving when he was 11 years old, creating wooden toys for Christmas time. He soon turned his attention to Haisla history and culture and began carving in his unique, finely-detailed style, producing pieces in wood, silver and gold. He travels the world sharing his culture and stories, but only sells his work from his carving shop in Kitamaat Village. See Sammy's work
Many thanks to Cathi Charles Wherry, Arts Program Coordinator, of the First Peoples' Heritage, Language and Culture Council who provided tremendous assistance in the establishment of the award.
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