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Awards celebrate BC Leaders in Style and Function

Three talented British Columbians were named today by Premier Gordon Campbell and Keith Mitchell, chair of the British Columbia Achievement Foundation as the recipients of the 2009 BC Creative Achievement Awards for Applied Art and Design.

“In applying creativity, ingenuity and innovative designs to functional objects, this year’s recipients demonstrate the talent and strength that exists throughout B.C.’s applied art and design community,” said Campbell. “We are pleased to celebrate the accomplishments of these artists and to highlight the important contributions that applied artists and designers make to the cultural and economic fabric of B.C.”

“Working in wood, glass, fibre, clay, metal in such areas as furniture, jewelry, textiles, ceramics, industrial and fashion design, these artists create work that inspires us all.” Mitchell noted. “Today’s recipients join 20 previous recipients who have been honoured since the inception of the award in 2005, all of whom represent the spectrum of outstanding applied art and design work in BC.”

Karl Stittgen, acclaimed Vancouver jewellery designer and goldsmith, was named the latest recipient of the BC Creative Achievement Award of Distinction, honouring his lifetime of creative vision and innovation.

The recipients of the 2009 BC Creative Achievement Awards will be recognized at a ceremony to be held in September, 2009. Each recipient will receive $2,500 and be granted the use of the British Columbia Creative Achievement Award seal to signify their creative excellence.

The recipients were selected by an independent jury chaired by board member Dr. Robert Belton, dean of Creative and Critical Studies at UBC Okanagan. The jury was comprised of Sam Carter, artist, craft and design educator, and associate professor at the Emily Carr University of Art + Design; Lubos Culen, curator, Vernon Public Art Gallery; Alex Feldman, partner, Form3 Design; and Tony Martin, executive director, Comox Valley Art Gallery.

The British Columbia Achievement Foundation is an independent foundation established and endowed by the Province of B.C. in 2003 to celebrate community service, arts, humanities and enterprise.

2009 Presentation Ceremony