Fourteen individuals and one business are the recipients of the 2013 Mayor’s Arts Awards for having made significant contributions to creative life in the city of Vancouver.
Mayor Gregor Robertson will present the awards at a ceremony this Friday, November 22, at TELUS World of Science, to honourees who represent a wide variety of disciplines, from performing and visual arts to literary and culinary arts.
Honours are also awarded in the categories of Volunteerism, Business Support, Philanthropy, Arts Board Member of the Year and Lifetime Achievement.
“The City of Vancouver is proud to recognize these outstanding individuals, who have shared their creativity and passion for the arts with our city. They truly represent the breadth and diversity of Vancouver’s creative sector,” said Mayor Robertson.
Each honouree in the studio and performing arts categories is invited to select an emerging artist in their discipline who demonstrates the promise of the next generation. Both artists receive a $2,500 cash prize.
The 2013 recipients (emerging artists indicated in brackets) are:
Studio Arts: Dominique Bréchault (Urszula of ZULA Jewelry + Design) for Craft & Design; Eric Pateman (Jackie Kai Ellis) for Culinary Arts; Cari Green (Arun Fryer) for Film and New Media; George Fetherling (Rahat Kurd) for Literary Arts; Myfanwy MacLeod (Derek Brunen) for Visual Arts; Ken Lum (Rebecca Bayer) for Public Art; and Patti Fraser (Kim Villagante) for Community Engaged Arts.
Performing Arts: Karen Jamieson (Josh Martin) for Dance; Peggy Lee (Cole Schmidt) for Music; and Patrick McDonald (Kyle Jespersen) for Theatre.
Support of the Arts: Anndraya Luui for Philanthropy; Merle Smith for Volunteerism; BMO for Business Support; Mo Dhaliwal for Arts Board Member of the Year.
The 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award goes to Cornelia Hahn Oberlander.
Winners were selected by juries of their peers convened by the Alliance for Arts and Culture.
The Mayor’s Arts Awards were established by City Council in 2006 to recognize local artists and their contributions to the city.