2014 BC First Nations Art Awards Announced
Hon. John Rustad, Minister of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation and British Columbia Achievement Foundation Chair Keith Mitchell presented awards to the recipients of the 2014 BC Creative Achievement Awards for First Nations Art, generously sponsored by Polygon Homes. Ltd.
“BC First Nations artists play a significant role in the creative life of British Columbia,” said Mitchell. “These awards today highlight the immense cultural traditions of each recipient. They join 37 First Nations artists that the Foundation has had the privilege of recognizing over the past eight years.”
Alvin Mack, a Nuxalk artist from Bella Coola will receive this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award, an honour bestowed on individuals who have made a profound contribution to their First Nations’ culture.
The Annual BC Creative Achievement Awards for First Nations Art celebrate artistic excellence in traditional, contemporary or media art. The 2014 recipients honoured are:
“The Foundation is honoured to recognize these artists,” said Mitchell. “They join 37 First Nations artists that the Foundation has had the privilege of recognizing over the past seven years. We thank Polygon Homes, its chair Michael Audain and its president Neil Chrystal for their tremendous support of the BC Creative Achievement Awards for First Nations Art.”
The awards were presented on November 28 at a ceremony in Vancouver.
The awards were selected by jury members: renowned artist Robert Davidson, international photo-based artist Roy Arden, contemporary visual art curator Tania Willard, MOA’s curator emeritus Bill McLennan, and Kathleen Bartels, Director, Vancouver Art Gallery (non-voting chair).
Born in Bella Coola, British Columbia, Alvin was inspired at a young age to carve totem poles and ceremonial items in yellow cedar, using traditional Nuxalk art forms. Following graduation from the 'Ksan School of Northwest Coastal Art where he…