VANCOUVER, Oct. 20, 2011 /CNW/ - British Columbia Achievement Foundation
Chair, Keith Mitchell announced today 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
Mitchell also announced the 2011 award recipients of the Annual BC
Creative Achievement Awards for First Nations' Art, a juried
competition celebrating artistic excellence in traditional,
contemporary or media art. The names of this year's recipients are:
Sonny Assu, Kwakwa'wakw, Vancouver, BC
Stan Bevan, Tsimshian/Tahltan/Tlingit, Terrace, BC
Vera Edmonds, Lil'wat, Mt. Currie, BC
Shawn Hunt, Heiltsuk, Sechelt, BC
Jay Simeon, Haida, Vancouver, BC
"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'
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 will be 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.
The British Columbia Achievement Foundation was established and endowed
by the Province of British Columbia in 2003 to celebrate excellence and
achievement in the arts, humanities, enterprise and community service.
For information on British Columbia Achievement Foundation, visit www.bcachievement.com
A backgrounder follows.
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 the finest artists of her
generation. Her contributions to the ancient art form can be found in
both local and international collections.
Kwakwa'wakw artist, Sonny Assu has created a strong voice in the First
Nations' artistic community through his innovative technique of
combining traditional and contemporary forms. A 2002 graduate of Emily
Carr University of Art + Design with a degree in Print Media, Painting
and Digital Arts, he displays a respect for older traditions through
the lens of popular and contemporary culture in his multi disciplinary
art practice. Assu's work can be found in the Museum of Anthropology
in BC, the Seattle Art Museum and the National Gallery of Canada.
With formal training at the Kitanmaax School of Northwest Coast Indian
Art in Hazelton and an apprenticeship with his uncle, Dempsey Bob, Stan
Bevan, for over thirty years, has produced an impressive body of work
which includes masks, poles, bowls and frontlets created in the
Tsimshian and Tahltan-Tlingit style. Stan is a dedicated instructor at
the Freda Diesing School of Northwest Coast Art in Terrace. He has
received significant provincial, national and international commissions
and his work is widely exhibited.
Vera Edmonds is a master cedar root weaver who practices and teaches
traditional Lil'wat weaving. Edmonds learned the art form from her
grandmothers and today her contemporary basketry is both technically
and aesthetically outstanding. She is committed to keeping the Lil'wat
weaving tradition alive by teaching the younger generations. The
Lil'wat Cultural Centres in Mount Currie and Whistler house her
original works as well as older and valuable pieces she has carefully
Heiltsuk artist Shawn Hunt is a multidisciplinary artist who works in
red cedar, sterling silver, paint, glass, water and fire. By engaging
the contemporary context with art forms rooted in rich, historical
traditions, Hunt tells his stories and challenges his audience. He
apprenticed with his father, J. Bradley Hunt, and also received his BFA
at UBC and a studio art diploma from Capilano College. Shawn's work has
been exhibited at the Museum of Art and Design in New York, the McCord
Museum in Montreal, the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto, as well as the
Bill Reid Gallery and Museum of Anthropology in Vancouver.
Jay Simeon is a member of the Haida Nations' Sdast'a'aas Eagle clan from
Kiusta. Simeon has built a reputation for meticulously rendered pieces
in a variety of scales and materials such as precious metals, wood and
argillite. From jewellery to masks to wood carvings and ceremonial
regalia, Simeon interprets traditional art form in a contemporary
setting. Simeon has participated in many exhibitions, including the
2010 Stonington Gallery's Winter Exhibition in Seattle that featured
his unique, argillite totem pole bracelet.
Detailed information about the awards and a list of past winners is
posted on the foundation's website at www.bcachievement.com.
SOURCE British Columbia Achievement Foundation
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