2011 BC First Nations Art Awards Announced
British Columbia Achievement Foundation Chair, Keith Mitchell announced the 2011 BC Creative Achievement Award recipients for First Nations Art.
Primrose Adams, a Haida artist from Massett, BC was named the recipient of the 2011 Creative Lifetime Achievement Award for First Nations Art, a prestigious award given to an artist who has made a profound impact on the community and First Nations’ culture. Adams has been recognized both locally and internationally for practicing the art of spruce root basket weaving.
“I commend these award-winning artists whose work recognizes their proud traditions, each piece telling a story of First Nations’ culture,” said Mitchell. “We all celebrate the lasting accomplishments, locally, nationally and internationally, of our Province’s First Nations’ artists.”
The five juried award recipients will receive $5,000 and the seal of the British Columbia Creative Achievement Award for First Nations Art.
A special presentation ceremony was held on November 25, 2011 in Vancouver to honour all the 2011 award recipients.
The BC Creative Achievement Awards for First Nations Art are presented with the generous support of Polygon Homes Ltd.
Dr. Robert Belton, Associate Professor of Art History at UBC Okanagan and a director of the BC Achievement Foundation, chaired an independent jury panel that selected the 2011 award recipients. The jurors included Reg Davidson, internationally acclaimed Haida artist and past recipient; Brenda Crabtree, Aboriginal Program Manager, Emily Carr University of Art + Design; Bill McLennan, Curator, Pacific Northwest, UBC Museum of Anthropology; and Cathi Charles Wherry, Art Program Manager, First People’s Heritage, Language and Culture Council.
As the granddaughter of famed weaver, Isabella Edenshaw, Primrose Adams descends from a rich heritage of weavers and Haida artists. She has developed the techniques of spruce root weaving taught by her mother and grandmother and has become one of…