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Aboriginal Artists Receive Creative Achievement Awards
Six B.C. First Nations artists who translate their stories and language into paintings, carvings, photography, sculptures and weaving were honoured by Premier Gordon Campbell at the first annual BC Creative Achievement Awards for Aboriginal Art. Two master artists were also honoured with the first annual BC Lifetime Creative Achievement Awards for Aboriginal Art at the ceremony at the Pan Pacific Hotel.
“First Nations artwork is internationally admired and is vital to understanding B.C.’s history and culture,” said Campbell, who is director of the BC Achievement Foundation. “Through their work, these artists tell traditional stories that have been passed down from generation to generation and that add immeasurably to British Columbia’s diverse cultural heritage.”
Dempsey Bob, a master Tahltan-Tlingit carver known for his prolific totem poles and sculptures, and Robert Davidson, a leading Haida artist and recipient of both the Order of British Columbia and the Order of Canada, were named the first recipients of the BC Lifetime Creative Achievement Awards for Aboriginal Art.
The six recipients of the BC Creative Achievement Awards for Aboriginal Art were:
Each received a $5,000 prize and are granted the use of the British Columbia Creative Achievement Awards seal to signify their creative excellence.
The BC Creative Achievement Awards for Aboriginal Art were created to recognize the important role of First Nations art in British Columbia’s history and cultural identity.
The British Columbia Achievement Foundation is an independent foundation established and endowed by the Province in 2003. The Creative Achievement Awards for Aboriginal Art are one of five initiatives of the foundation. The others are the BC Community Achievement Awards recognizing those who have made a significant contribution to their community, the BC Award for Canadian Non-Fiction recognizing excellence in literary non-fiction, the BC Creative Achievement Awards recognizing excellence in applied arts and design, and Time to Read: the BC Achievement Award for Early Literacy.
A master Tahltan-Tlingit carver for more than 30 years, Dempsey Bob's prolific totem poles and sculptures are seen in galleries and in private, government and corporate collections around the world. Using alder, cedar and bronze, Dempsey's work is inspired by…
Robert Davidson is known throughout the world as a master carver of totem poles and masks as well as a printmaker, painter and jeweler. Davidson learned the art of carving from his father and grandfather and has evolved into a…
Marianne is a well-known mixed media artist who utilizes painting, photography, mixed-media, sculpture, and installation to create modern depictions of traditional Kwakwaka’wakw concepts. As an artist of Musgamakw Dzawada'enuxw First Nations descent, Marianne’s training encompasses both traditional Kwakwaka’wakw forms and…
Susan Point, O.C., RCA., DFA., D.Litt. (1952–) is a descendant of the Musqueam, Coast Salish peoples; she is the daughter of Edna Grant and Anthony Point. Susan inherited the beliefs of her culture and ancestral traditions of her people from…