Vancouver, BC: Today, the BC Achievement Foundation (BCAF) announced the recipients of the 18th annual Carter Wosk Award in Applied Art + Design. The program recognizes excellence among emerging and established artists whose creativity helps drive BC’s cultural economy.
“These artistic works and designs demonstrate a new strength within BC’s creative economy,” said Anne Giardini, OC, OBC, KC, Chair of the BC Achievement Foundation. “The Carter Wosk Award in Applied Art + Design celebrates and honours BC’s creators for ensuring beauty and function are part of our everyday lives. It is always a delight to us at BC Achievement to recognize new ways of marrying art and function with ingenuity and imagination.”
Artists and designers honoured by the Carter Wosk Award in Applied Art + Design produce work that has a practical or functional application, such as furniture, textiles, jewellery, ceramics, weaving, glass, fashion, and industrial design. Nominated artists have an opportunity to share their work to a wider audience while inviting critical reflection and feedback.
The 2022 recipients of the Carter Wosk Award in Applied Art + Design are:
Caine Heintzman – Vancouver – Judson Beaumont Emerging Artist
Louise Perrone – Vancouver
Cathy Terepocki – Chilliwack
Robert Anderson – Victoria – Award of Distinction for Lifetime Achievement
The Judson Beaumont Emerging Artist designation, named in honour of the late BC-based furniture designer, was presented to Caine Heintzman, co-founder of ANDlight, a decorative luminaire design studio and manufacturer.
The 2022 Award of Distinction honours Robert Anderson for lifetime achievement as a master luthier. Robert designs stringed instruments that are sensitive to the player’s intent, with a sonority that can only be achieved by hand-building.
Awardees were selected by an independent jury, whose members included Renée MacDonald, Westerly Handmade Shoes (2015 recipient); Claudia Schulz, Claudia Schulz Hats & Accessories (2018 recipient); and Henry Norris, New Format Studio (2018 recipient). Toby Barratt, Propellor Design (2010 recipient) and Ron Kong, craft advocate, served as advisors to the jury.
This year’s celebration of the Carter Wosk Award in Applied Art + Design recipients includes two short films showcasing the awardees’ artistic accomplishments which will be premiered at an award ceremony next month. Each recipient will receive a certificate and medallion in honour of their achievements. They will also be recognized through an online campaign with the hashtag #shinethelightbc.
BC Achievement is proud to present a combined exhibition which is free and open to the public showcasing the 2022 award recipients for both the Carter Wosk Award in Applied Art + Design and Fulmer Award in First Nations Art, at The Roundhouse Community Arts and Recreation Centre in Vancouver from Monday, November 14 to Friday, November 18.
Interviews with the 2022 award recipients and representatives of BC Achievement are available upon request. Awardee bios and high-resolution images are available here.
For more information about BC Achievement or the Carter Wosk Award in Applied Art + Design program, visit www.bcachievement.com.
BC Achievement is grateful for the generosity of the Yosef Wosk Family Foundation in establishing this important program. The BC Achievement Foundation is also grateful to community partners BC Ferries, Crafted Vancouver, Denbigh Fine Art Services, and The Roundhouse each of which play a key role in elevating change in their support of the Fulmer Award program
The Carter Wosk Award in Applied Art + Design is named in honour of BC philanthropist, academic and visionary Yosef Wosk, OC, OBC, Ph.D. and Sam Carter, BC educator, designer and curator.
About BC Achievement Foundation
BC Achievement is an independent foundation established in 2003 that celebrates the spirit of excellence in our province and serves to honour the best of British Columbia. By recognizing the accomplishments of our province’s entrepreneurs, artists, community leaders, youth and volunteers, its award programs pay tribute to exceptional people, doing exceptional work. www.bcachievement.com
2022 Carter Wosk Awardees – Backgrounders
Caine Heintzman, Vancouver
Judson Beaumont Emerging Artist
Lighting designer Caine Heintzman has always been curious about the materiality and fabrication of the objects and equipment that allow him to enjoy the natural environment as an outdoors enthusiast. He found himself naturally inclined to industrial design as he’s inspired by ritual and everyday useful objects that help improve people’s lives.
Having studied and trained at Emily Carr University of Art and Design and Kunsthochschule Berlin Weissensee, lighting became one of his very early interests. Caine is now one of three co-founders of ANDlight, a decorative luminaire design studio and manufacturer. He applies rigorous material research, technical know-how and an understanding of lighting technology to an artful practice.
Caine’s lighting designs communicate how functional art objects can become economic commodities as well as affective agents in the circulation and amplification of ideas imbued with cultural meaning.
Borrowing from a philosophy of “design as art,” Caine’s designs enrich the landscape of creative expression emerging from British Columbia.
UK born Louise Perrone never intended to become a jeweller or a Canadian. However, three years after visiting Canada she graduated from Alberta College of Art and Design with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Jewellery and Metals and was awarded the Governor General of Canada’s Academic Medal.
Now, twenty years later, her textile jewellery explores issues of gender, labour, and sustainability by combining goldsmithing traditions with hand-sewing. Using materials derived from domestic and industrial textile and plastic waste, Louise’s work involves altering plastic objects and enveloping them in fabric, inviting a consideration of what jewelry can conceal and reveal about the maker, the wearer, and ourselves.
Louise’s work has been shown in numerous local, national, and international exhibitions, including solo and two-person shows at the Craft Council of BC, and group exhibitions featured in New York City Jewellery Week, JOYA Barcelona, and Athens Jewellery Week.
Louise is passionate about teaching her skills to others and works as an instructor in the Jewellery programs at LaSalle College Vancouver and Vancouver Community College. She’s also motivated to create opportunities for artists to thrive and has given back to her community by serving in leadership positions with various artist and craft organizations.
Cathy Terepocki is a ceramicist whose practice is driven by innovation, process and material. She is interested in unconventional processes and crossing boundaries between different industries and artistic practices and so she is consistently researching, developing glazes and new techniques.
Practicing in Fraser Valley, Cathy has immersed herself in the community making connections and creating work that is strongly rooted and reflective of her natural surroundings. Her Chilliwack River Clay series was harvested with shovels and buckets from the local river and her current project includes making tiles from wild clay.
Cathy has had a diverse practice exhibiting, teaching, designing, and producing multiple collections of work, and she has exhibited internationally. The local clay research has opened up opportunities for community engagement and has allowed this ceramicist to create meaningful work and, in turn, contribute to the culture of the place she calls home.
Robert Anderson, Victoria
Award of Distinction for Lifetime Achievement
Master luthier Robert Anderson is committed to hand-building musical instruments that are objects of beauty. Constructed with the highest level of craft, Robert’s stringed instruments are designed to be sensitive to the player’s intent, with a sonority which can only be achieved by hand-building.
Robert follows the traditions of the old masters, using carefully selected and aged woods, hide glue and dovetail neck joints. For the best tone, he then French polishes each instrument. Over 25 years of instrument making has deepened his understanding of materials, acoustic design and hand-building methods, resulting in subtle, incremental changes which improve tone, volume and ergonomics.
In an age when cheap, factory-made instruments are overwhelming the market, Robert also instructs and mentors aspiring instrument builders in the tradition of luthiery, keeping alive the spirit of inquiry and skill development fundamental to the craft.
Robert feels fortunate to work in a field where he can create the tools that enable musicians to fully give expression to their art.