Six First Nations Artists Receive BC Creative Achievement Awards

Premier Christy Clark and BC Achievement Foundation Chair Keith Mitchell announced this week the recipients of the 2013 BC Creative Achievement Award for First Nations Art. 

Mandy Brown, a Nlaka'pamux artist from Lytton, 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 2013 recipients chosen by the jury are: 

  • Dale Campbell, Prince Rupert 
  • Marlene Liddle, Old Masset Village 
  • Joe Martin, Tofino 
  • Ken McNeil, Terrace 
  • Sammy Robinson, Kitamaat Village 

Awards jurors were: Brenda Crabtree, Aboriginal program manager, Emily Carr University of Art + Design; Bill McLennan, curator, Pacific Northwest, UBC Museum of Anthropology; and Dempsey Bob, OC, 2004 recipient of the British Columbia Lifetime Creative Achievement Award for First Nations' Art. 

"First Nations art is a source of pride for all British Columbians," said Premier Clark. "These six artists are carrying on a legacy that stretches back thousands of years, preserving a rich tradition for generations to come." 

The awards will be presented in a ceremony this month in Vancouver. 

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