The NLAC 27th Art Award Winners

Posted: April 29, 2012

Last night, at the Joseph R. Smallwood Arts and Culture Centre in Gander, NL, the Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council (NLAC) presented the 27th Arts Awards.

“It is only fitting that we gather this evening to celebrate the astounding diversity of our artists and their creations. The Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council is both proud and humbled by the role it plays in our vibrant community,” said NLAC Chair Tom Gordon. “From sustaining support to our major companies to the exciting projects of hundreds of individual artists to our innovative arts-in-education programs, the Arts Council has been part of jump starting the dynamic and compelling work of the province’s creative community.”

Garmel Rich (top) Suzanne Woolridge (bottom)There were two inductees into the NLAC Hall of Honour - An award that recognizes a distinguished lifetime contribution to the cultural life of Newfoundland and Labrador.

Those inductees were Labrador grass basket maker Garmel Rich and CBC arts journalist Suzanne Woolridge.

A special Patron of the Arts Award given in recognition of an ongoing commitment to the arts in heather mckinnonNewfoundland and Labrador through innovative, community, or sustained support of artistic activity was presented to Heather McKinnon.

Four other awards were presented as well – below you will find the criteria for each along with the list of last night's finalists in each category - with the names of the winners being highlighted.

You can find out more about each of the winners - both those mentioned above and listed below - by clicking on their name.

Congratulations to the wonderfully creative lot of ya! SABS

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Arts in Education Award 2011 - recognizes an artist who has made an outstanding contribution to arts in education in Newfoundland and Labrador over a number of years.

Christina SmithMargaret Walsh Best – visual artist

Sarah McDonald Anderson – theater director / actor

Christina Smith – musician / writer

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Arts Achievement Award 2011 – recognizes a practicing artist who has made an outstanding contribution to the cultural life of Newfoundland and Labrador over a number of years.

Douglas DunsmoreTara Bryan – visual artist / writer

Douglas Dunsmore - musician

Michael Pittman – visual artist

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Emerging Artist Award 2011 – recognizes new and undisputed talent. It is awarded to an emerging artist, group or arts organization that has earned significant recognition for a piece of work or a generally out-sized impact on the scene.

Jordan-BennettJordan Bennett – visual artist

Jennifer Galliott – visual artist

Jonathan Green – visual artist

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Artist of the Year Award 2011 – recognizes the art or activity of a person, group or organization that has made an outstanding contribution to the cultural life of Newfoundland and Labrador in 2011.

Ruth LawrenceArtistic Fraud of Newfoundland – theatre company

Tina Dolter – visual artist

Ruth Lawrence – film maker / actor

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For more info on the Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council visit www.nlac.ca

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