Student Success

Student art awards celebrate excellence

Art student awards were recently presented at the conclusion of the annual Art Department Open House, which invites the public to visit the U of L Centre for the Arts and view the array of artwork of every description and size, created by art majors over their year of study.

The winners of the 2016 Student Art Awards included (l-r, back), Deserae Yellow Horn, Jessica Fisher, Catherine Ross, Luke Spencer, Dylan Dobbie, William Austin, Nicole Wilkinson, Elise Pundyk, Danin Lawrence, Rachel Parent, Sheila Shaw and Marjie Crop Eared Wolf. In the front row (l-r) are Star Crop Eared Wolf, Selina Osborne-DaSilva, Annahaitta Shirdel, Sam Loewen, Amy Burdick, Kelsey Tuck, Jenn Wood, Grace Wirzba and Robyn Matchett.

A total of 15 awards, including a new honour, were presented recognizing excellence and commitment to the arts. The inaugural Excellence in Native American Art -- Art History/Museum Studies was presented to Star Crop Eared Wolf and Deserae Yellow Horn. Grace Wirzba received both the Volunteer Excellence Award and the Studio Art Supplies Painting Prize.

The SAAG Award, which recognizes outstanding involvement in the arts through volunteer work, was presented to Jessica Fisher. Jenn Wood received the David Lanier Memorial Award, presented by Ike and Diana Lanier in memory of their son David, for photography and photo-based work.

Other awards included: Recently Human Engineered Sculpture Award presented to Danin Lawrence and Robyn Matchett; Amy Burdick received the ULSU Award for excellence in studio practice and commitment to community; Excellence in Digital Art Award was presented to Dylan Dobbie; Sam Loewen received the Faculty of Fine Arts Award for excellence in studio production and breadth of engagement; Rachel Parent and Nicole Wilkinson received the Excellence in Art Studio Award; Celina Osborne-DaSilva and Annahitta Shirdel received the Excellence in Art History/Museum Studies Award; the U of L Gallery Award went to Jessica Fisher; Excellence in Printmaking Award was presented to Kelsey Tuck; and Fred Johnston received the Trapdoor Artist Run Centre Award.