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WAC Arts Awards Nominations for 2014

The Winnipeg Arts Council was proud to honour the 2014 Winnipeg Arts Council Award Nominees. This year’s nominees came from a wide range of disciplines and reflected the diverse nature of the Winnipeg Arts Scene. The nominees were celebrated at the Mayor’s Luncheon for the Arts, which took place Friday, June 6 at the Fort Garry Hotel. 

This year’s luncheon was hosted by poet and novelist Chandra Mayor.

Find out more about the Mayor's Luncheon for the Arts here.

 

Five awards recognize excellence and creativity in, and contribution, to the arts: the RBC On the Rise Award; the Making a Mark Award; the Investors Group Making a Difference Award; the Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries Outstanding Volunteer Award; and the Arts Champion Award.

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RBC On the Rise

RBC On the Rise Award nominee Jamie Black

Jaime Black

Jaime Black is a Métis, multidisciplinary artist whose work, namely The REDress Project, raises awareness of socio-political issues related to feminism and Aboriginal social justice.

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Nominated by  Mentoring Artists for Women's Art.

RBC On the Rise nominee Alison Campeau

Alison Campeau

Alison Campeau is an accomplished young artist, passionately devoted to the creation of media artworks. She is a natural talent in front of the camera as well as behind it.

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Nominated by Video Pool.

RBC On the Rise Nominee Trish Cooper

Trish Cooper

Trish is a beloved performer and writer. Her play Social Studies received its premiere in 2013 at Prairie Theatre Exchange and will go on to a second production at the Centaur Theatre in Montreal next season.

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Nominated by PTE Playwrights Unit.

RBC On the Rise Nominee Faye Hall

Faye Hall

A portraiture artist whose proficiency is matched by her generosity, Faye Hall donates much time and talent to worthy causes. She is an Art Expo board member and is currently illustrating a book for a Kenyan orphanage.

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Nominated by Amy Knight.

RBC On the Rise Nominee Ivan Henwood

Ivan Henwood

Ivan Henwood is a theatre producer, director and actor. He is passionate about the collaborative process and dedicated to creating opportunities for local artists to practise their art.

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Nominated by Winnipeg Jewish Theatre.

RBC On the Rise Nominee Chantel Mierau

Chantel Mierau

Chantel Mierau’s art practice spans textiles, installation, video and performance. Her innovative and unconventional use of craft materials and techniques explores the comfort/discomfort of tradition in compelling, sometimes disturbing ways.

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Nominated by Manitoba Craft Council.

RBC On the Rise Nominee Willow Rector

Willow Rector

Willow Rector is an emerging textile artist who has received significant recognition for innovative and conceptually rigorous works that combine embroidery techniques with unexpected media to address questions of identity.

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Nominated by Gallery 1C03  .

RBC On the Rise Nominee Hillary Smith

Hillary Smith

Hillary Smith’s sculptural ceramics explore the crossover between science and the visual arts, conflating ideas of scientific study and artistic display.

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Nominated by School of Art Gallery.

RBC On the Rise Nominee Leonard Sumner

Leonard Sumner

Leonard Sumner is an Anishinabe MC/singer-songwriter/videographer from the Little Saskatchewan First Nation in the Interlake Region of Manitoba. He is truly a role model for young people in Manitoba.

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Nominated by National Screen Institute.

RBC On the Rise Nominee James Ye Zhan

James Ye Zhan

James Ye Zhan is a musician, teacher, and performer. A true rising star, James combines music and community to add colour to the cultural mosaic that is Canada.

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Nominated by Manitoba Conservatory of Music and Arts.

Making a Mark

Making a Mark Nominee Aganetha Dyck

Aganetha Dyck

Aganetha Dyck is a Winnipeg Artist who is interested in environmental issues, specifically the power of the small.

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Nominated by Winnipeg Art Gallery.

Ken Gregory

Ken Gregory

Ken Gregory is a community-minded artist who is creating innovative work that is accessible and that sparks excitement and academic dialogue.

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Nominated by Video Pool.

Making a Mark Nominees Doug Melnyk and Ian Mozden

Doug Melnyk and Ian Mozdzen

Doug Melnyk and Ian Mozdzen’s provocative theatre/performance collaboration transcends their respective disciplines and careers to deliver an urgent social critique incorporating audience shock and the response of mass media.

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Nominated by Plug In ICA  .

Making a Mark Nominee Dominique Rey

Dominique Rey

Dominique Rey is a multidisciplinary, francophone artist who has received national recognition for her poignant work that deals with notions of the self and other.

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Nominated by School of Art Gallery.

Making a Mark nominee Danny Schur

Danny Schur

In the 95th anniversary year of the Winnipeg General Strike, Danny Schur continues to push the boundaries of independent musical theatre and film production in Winnipeg and Canada with Strike!

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Nominated by Derek Black.

Making a Mark nominee Lindsey White

Lindsey White

Lindsey White enjoys writing and recording new music, performing live and working with Winnipeg’s creative youth, and looking for new ways to make music more accessible. 

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Nominated by Manitoba Conservatory of Music and Arts.

Investors Group Making A Difference

Investors Group Making a Difference Nominee Stephen Borys

Dr. Stephen Borys

Dr. Borys has transformed the Winnipeg Art Gallery into a cultural advocate, attracting new audiences, extending and creating community partnerships, and setting a higher standard for art exhibitions and programs.

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Nominated by Naomi Levine  .

Investors Group Making a Difference Nominee Brenda Gorlick

Brenda Gorlick

Multi-talented director/choreographer/performer/mentor Brenda Gorlick has been a mainstay in Winnipeg’s artistic community for more than 35 years, gaining recognition locally, nationally and internationally for her stage, screen and stadium productions.

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Nominated by Winnipeg Studio Theatre.

Investors Group Making a Difference Award nominee Laurie Lam

Laurie Lam

Unsung hero, writer, administrator, teacher and compassionate keeper of the flame, for 29 years Laurie Lam has been a selfless difference-maker in the Winnipeg arts community, especially for the Royal MTC.

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Nominated by Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre.

Investors Group Making a Difference nominee Gary Liu

Gary Liu

An established performing arts group, MGWPA (Manitoba Great Wall Performing Arts) and its Dance Academy is best known for its yearly Chinese New Year show, presenting traditional and modern dance choreographed with Chinese motifs.

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Nominated by Herman Lee.

Investors Group Making a Difference nominee Wanda Luna

Wanda Luna

Wanda Luna is an indigenous artist who is devoted to community education and activism. She is founder of The Dream Room Project and devotes her time to helping others.

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Nominated by Lisa Pitura.

Investors Group Making a Difference nominee Sydney McInnis

Sydney McInnis

Sydney McInnis is a dedicated and passionate music educator, founder of the Manitoba Conservatory of Music and Arts, and a valued support of music and musicians in Winnipeg.

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Nominated by Manitoba Conservatory of Music and Arts.

Investors Group Making a Difference nominee Joanne Mercier

Joanne Mercier

Joanne is a committed, talented and passionate arts administrator whose work is shaped by creating a festival that nurtures participants’ talent and love of music.

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Nominated by Winnipeg Music Festival.

Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries Outstanding Volunteer

Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries Outstanding Volunteer Award Nominee Karen Cornelius

Karen Cornelius

Karen Cornelius consistently provides a remarkable service to Video Pool and the visual art community as Chair, artist, educator, and champion of arts and culture.

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Nominated by Video Pool.

Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries Outstanding Volunteer Award Nominee Ray Hope

Ray Hope

Ray is a tireless champion for musical outreach. His efforts and initiatives have kept the Manitoba Conservatory alive and ensure that musical outreach programs continue.

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Nominated by Manitoba Conservatory of Music and Arts.

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Candice Masters

As a 30-plus-year volunteer with the Winnipeg Folk Festival, Candice Masters has shown tireless dedication to helping ensure the Festival’s long-term stability and success. The show literally would not go on without Candice, the Festival Stage Manager.

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Nominated by Winnipeg Folk Festival.

David Wyatt

David Wyatt

Investing 26 years into an organization, David has been the lifeblood of the REEL PRIDE film and video festival. His dedication is the reason it’s one of the oldest GLBTTQ* festivals in Canada.

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Nominated by Reel Pride.

Arts Champion

Arts Champion Award Nominee Richard Irish

Richard Irish

For more than 25 years, Richard Irish has been a community leader through his commitment to arts and culture by volunteering, providing his expertise and philanthropy to the cultural sector.

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Nominated by Manitoba Opera.

Arts Champion Nominee Long & McQuade

Long & McQuade

Long & McQuade are dedicated supporters of music organizations and community events in Winnipeg and music therapy programs at children’s hospitals throughout Canada.

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Nominated by Manitoba Conservatory of Music and Arts.

Arts Champion Nominee Manitoba Printmakers

Manitoba Printmakers Association (Martha Street Studio)

Martha Street Studio should be commended for the effort and resources it has invested in creating a fully accessible space, making a significant contribution towards a more inclusive arts community.

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Nominated by Arts & Disability Network Manitoba.

Arts Champion Nominee RBC Financial Group

RBC Financial Group

For nearly three decades, RBC’s support of Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet has helped positively impact, develop and nurture aspiring artists and dancers, and to enhance our communities with the performing arts.

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Nominated by Canada's Royal Winnipeg Ballet.

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