2012 BC First Nations Art Awards Announced
Premier Christy Clark and British Columbia Achievement Foundation Chair, Keith Mitchell announced the 2012 BC Creative Achievement Award recipients for First Nations’ Art.
Norman Tait, a Nisga’a artist from Vancouver, was named the recipient of the 2012 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.
“We are honored to recognize the six artists named today for their creative excellence and cultural contributions,” said Premier Clark. “We all celebrate the traditional and contemporary interpretations of the stories of the First Nations from across the Province.”
“From carving to jewellery to painting and performance art, these award-winning artists join 45 artists previously recognized with these awards,” said Mitchell. It is the Foundation’s great privilege to recognize excellence in First Nations’ art.”
The five juried award recipients will each receive $5,000 and the seal of the British Columbia Creative Achievement Award for First Nations Art.
Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation Minister Ida Chong and Keith Mitchell, chair of the BC Achievement Foundation, honoured the six award recipients at a November 19th presentation ceremony for the sixth annual BC Creative Achievement Awards for First Nations Art.
The BC Creative Achievement Awards for First Nations Art is presented with the generous sponsorship of Polygon Homes Ltd.
Kathleen Bartels, director of the Vancouver Art Gallery and a director of the BC Achievement Foundation, chaired an independent jury panel that selected the 2012 award recipients. The jurors included Brenda Crabtree, Aboriginal program manager, Emily Carr University of Art and Design; Bill McLennan, curator, Pacific Northwest, UBC Museum of Anthropology, Richard Sumner, Kwakwaka’wakw carver and artist and recipient of a 2010 BC Creative Achievement Award for First Nations art and Cathi Charles Wherry, art program manager, First People’s Heritage, Language and Culture Council.
Innovative master artist Norman Tait is widely celebrated for the exquisite craftsmanship and beauty of his work. The designs are clean, the carving is immaculate and expressive. But more than that, his pieces evoke strong feelings in people who see…