2015 BC First Nations Art Awards Announced
Hon. John Rustad, Minister of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation presented the 2015 BC Creative Achievement Awards for First Nations Art to six recipients on Monday, December 7.
Among them was Joe David, a Nuu-chah-nulth artist from Tofino, who received a Lifetime Achievement Award, for profound contribution to First Nations’ culture.
“Congratulations to the six remarkable artists who work so hard to sustain artistic traditions while representing the continuing vitality of First Nations communities throughout British Columbia,” said Foundation Chair Keith Mitchell. “These awards highlight the immense cultural traditions of each recipient. They join 43 First Nations artists that the Foundation has had the privilege of recognizing over the past nine years.”
The awards were selected by the following jury members:
Dempsey Bob, world renowned carver, teacher and recipient of the Order of Canada; Brenda Crabtree, Aboriginal Program Director at Emily Carr University; Bill McLennan, the Museum of Anthropology’s Curator Emeritus; and Richard Sumner, celebrated artist, carver, and 2010 recipient of this award.
A Nuu-chah-nulth artist, born on Meares Island, Joe David is among the most respected master artists of the Northwest Coast. After studying art at various institutions, Joe began to focus intensively on Northwest Coast art and, eventually, on the Nuu-chah-nulth…