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2019 Fulmer Award in First Nations Art Awardees Celebrated

The BC Achievement Foundation (BCAF) celebrated the six recipients of the Fulmer Award in First Nations Art. The recipients were recognized for their artistic excellence in traditional, contemporary or media art at the 13th annual awards in First Nations Art celebration on November 21, 2019.

“BC Achievement is honoured to showcase these artists whose respect for tradition directs and inspires their creative practices,” said BCAF chair Anne Giardini. “The 2019 awardees join 73 artists from the program’s past 13 years. Together, Fulmer Award alumni ensure British Columbia is a place filled with innovation and wonder,” she added.

The 2019 recipients, chosen by an independent jury are:

Gus Cook, Namgis, Kwakwaka’wakw, Victoria
Henry Green, Tsm’syen, Prince Rupert
Maynard Johnny Jr., Coast Salish/ Penelakut Tribe, Vancouver
Doreen Manuel, Neskonlith, North Vancouver
Michelle Stoney, Gitxsan, Hazelton

In addition, Marianne Nicolson, Musgamakw Dzawada̱’enux̱w, received the 2019 Fulmer Award of Distinction which recognizes individuals who have made a profound contribution to their First Nations culture.

This year’s celebration of the Fulmer Award included a public showcase of the awardees’ art at The Roundhouse from November 18th until 21st, 2019. BC Achievement thanks its venue partner, The Roundhouse, event partner, Denbigh Fine Art Services, media partners, The Georgia Straight and Global TV, Gallery Partners, Coastal Peoples Fine Arts Gallery, and wine partner, Indigenous World Winery for their support of this exhibition and the work of BC Achievement.

Members of the 2019 jury include: Philip Gray, a past recipient and Tsimshian artist; Lou-ann Neel, Repatriation Specialist at the Royal BC Museum and an Mamalilikulla and Kwakwaka’wakw artist; and Connie Watts, Emily Carr University Aboriginal Program Associate Director and artist of Nuu-chah-nulth, Gitxsan and Kwakwaka’wakw ancestry.

Special advisors to the jury include Emily Carr University Aboriginal Program Director, Brenda Crabtree, a member of the Spuzzum Band with both Nlaka’pamux and Sto:lo ancestry; and the UBC Museum of Anthropology’s Curator Emeritus, Bill McLennan.

The Fulmer Award in First Nations Art is made possible through the generous support of the Vancouver-based Fulmer Foundation.

When we create art it’s every part of our’s healing, and it’s teaching me the values that we once carried strong within us, like patience and innovation.

Doreen Manuel, 2019 Fulmer Award in First Nations Art Recipient
2019 First Nations Art Award

2019 Award of Distinction:

  • Marianne Nicolson, AOD »

    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…

2019 Awardees:

2019 Presentation Ceremony Photos