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Finalists, ArtsNL Hall of Honour inductee, ArtsNL Patron of the Arts, and artwork announced for 32nd ArtsNL Arts Awards

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

April 4, 2017 (St. John's, NL) – ArtsNL is pleased to be announcing details on the 32nd ArtsNL Arts Awards. This morning, ArtsNL executive director Reg Winsor shared that the Arts Awards Gala will take place on Friday, April 28, at 7:30pm in the main theatre of The Rooms in St. John’s, NL.

“With just a few weeks before the awards gala takes place, excitement for the event is rising,” said Winsor. “This year we are looking forward to a few new features for the event that we’ll share more detail on in the near future through our social media profiles on Facebook, Twitter, and other platforms.  The ArtsNL Arts Awards play a significant role; as a means of both reflection and celebration, they provide an opportunity to emphasize and put focus on the professional creative achievements of artists, groups, and arts organizations, as a result of their hard work. It’s also an opportunity to extol patrons of the arts and cultural sector for their ongoing support.”

Finalists
This annual event is a celebration of the arts in Newfoundland and Labrador. Artists of all disciplines are recognized through the presentation of six awards. Finalists were announced today in four award categories:
               
“Memorial University” Arts in Education 2016 – recognizes an artist who has made an outstanding contribution to arts in education in Newfoundland and Labrador over a number of years. The finalists are:

  • Korona Brophy
  • Catherine Wright

 “Cox & Palmer” Arts Achievement 2016 – recognizes a practicing artist who has made an outstanding contribution to the cultural life of Newfoundland and Labrador over a number of years. The finalists are:

  • Korona Brophy
  • Chad Stride

“CBC” Emerging Artist 2016 – 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. The finalists are:

  • Eastern Owl
  • Melanie Oates
  • Ian Vatcher

“BMO Bank of Montreal” Artist of the Year 2016 – 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 2016.

  • Robert Chafe
  • Louise Moyes
  • Opera on the Avalon

ArtsNL Hall of Honour
Also announced today was the 2017 inductee into the ArtsNL Hall of Honour. This award recognizes a person, group or organization that has made a distinguished lifetime contribution to the cultural life of Newfoundland and Labrador. The inductee for 2017 is Douglas Dunsmore. He will be officially inducted into the ArtsNL Hall of Honour at the Arts Awards ceremony that takes place on April 28 in St. John’s, NL.

In addition to the above awards, ArtsNL also announced this year’s Patron of the Arts which goes to Rex Brown. This award, given to a person, business or organization, recognizes an ongoing commitment to the arts in Newfoundland and Labrador through innovative, community, or sustained support of artistic activity.

Artwork and Prizes
Also announced today was that the artwork, which will be presented to the winners in each of the categories, has been created by visual artist Vessela Brakalova. Brakalova’s contemporary mosaic pieces form a collection she calls Genesis, loosely based on the narrative expressed in the biblical book of the same name. The term is also commonly associated with geology and the evolutionary history of life. Each piece has its own name, and they include Chaus, Sky, Light, Conception, Life, and The Sixth Day. The series has exhibited at The Rooms in the past as part of The Free World exhibition which ran from May to September, 2016.

The 32nd ArtsNL Arts Awards will take place 7:30pm Friday, April 28, 2017 in the main theatre at The Rooms in
St. John’s, NL
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Media Contact:
Joshua Jamieson
Communications Officer, ArtsNL
Phone: (709) 726-2212 ext. 203
Mobile: (709) 746-6531
Toll free: 1 (866) 726-2212 (NL only)
jjamieson@nlac.ca

The Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council (now known as ArtsNL) is a non-profit Crown agency created in 1980 by The Arts Council Act. Its mission is to foster and promote the creation and enjoyment of the arts for the benefit of all Newfoundlanders and Labradorians. The Council is governed by a volunteer board of 13 appointed by government, reflecting regional representation of the province. This includes 10 professional artists who provide sectoral representation of the arts community; one community representative (with an interest in the arts); one business representative (with an interest in the arts); and one representative of the Department of Tourism, Industry, and Innovation (non-voting). ArtsNL receives an annual grant of $1.9 million from the Province to support a variety of granting programs, program delivery, office administration, and communications. It also seeks support from the public and private sector. It supports the following artistic disciplines: dance, film, multidiscipline, music, theatre, visual art, and writing.