Press Photo Stephanie Anderson was chosen as one of the emerging artists for the 2019 YVR Art Foundation scholarship awards.

Two Terrace artists receive YVR Art Foundation scholarship

Both recipients will have their artwork showcased at Vancouver Airport

Two Terrace artists are the recipients of the 2019 YVR Art Foundation (YVRAF) scholarship awards this month to create artwork that will be on display at the Vancouver International Airport for one year.

The YVRAF scholarships annually give out $5,000 to both emerging and mid-career Indigenous artists from B.C. and Yukon, with the opportunity to work with a mentor.

Stephanie Anderson, who is Wet’suwet’en of the Laksilyu clan, was selected as one of the emerging artists and travelled to Vancouver for the awards ceremony.

“They really help you with your exposure by bringing you down to Vancouver for the ceremony [where] you’re exposed to a lot of different artists, gallery owners and different people involved,” says Anderson. “In the airport, you’re among such prestigious artists…You’ve got beautiful installations there and it’s quite an honour to have a piece of your own artwork displayed at the same location.”

READ MORE: Northwest Coast Art from Freda Diesing students showcased at Terrace Art Gallery

Anderson is currently in her third year at the Freda Diesing School of Northwest Coast Art and says she has chosen her instructor Ken McNeil to be her mentor for her art piece. She has proposed to carve an image on a yellow cedar panel that represents her matriarch connection in her family through salmon.

“I’m taking inspiration from my childhood and that’s something I haven’t really done before… I haven’t really felt comfortable drawing on those intimate experiences [during] my career,” she says. “I’m really trying to accomplish honouring that history that I have with the matriarchs and my family.”

READ MORE: CMTN First Nations Fine Arts program offers new advanced diploma

Nathan Wilson, who is Haisla living in Terrace, was selected for the mid-career artist scholarship and also attended Freda Diesing School a few years ago.

In addition to Anderson and Wilson, eight other artists were recognized with a scholarship.

Veronica Waechter, Gitxsan, was the 2018 recipient and had her final art piece revealed in this year’s ceremony.

Since 2005, the YVRAF has awarded over 145 scholarships, grants and awards totalling more than $575,000 to B.C. and Yukon Indigenous artists. From then, more than 80 recipients have had their work displayed at YVR.

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

DFO announces openings for chinook

Opportunities are few between widespread closures

Lost Lake closed for fishing due to goldfish invasion

Pet fish is considered an invasive species to B.C. wild

Skeena Voices | Designing a strong identity

Kelly Bapty is the province’s first Indigenous female architect from a B.C. nation

Northwest couples compete at His and Hers golf tournament in Prince Rupert

Kitimat and Smithers couples take home the hardware

Feds announce funds to replace Kitimat’s Haisla River Bridge

Bill Morneau said Ottawa’s $275 million will also help fund high energy-efficient gas turbines

VIDEO: Killer whale steals fisherman’s catch off North Coast

Fishing duel results in eager orca snagging salmon in Prince Rupert

Fate of accused in Canadian couple’s 1987 killings in jury’s hands

William Talbott’s lawyer says DNA doesn’t prove murder

Child killed after being hit in driveway on Vancouver Island

The driver of the vehicle remained at the crash scene and is fully cooperating

Eating sandwiches, putting on makeup behind the wheel could land you a fine

RCMP say if you cause an accident while eating you could be penalized

Cat badly hurt in animal trap was likely stuck for days, B.C. owner says

Blu, a three-year-old house cat, suffered severe damage to his hind leg after being stuck in trap for days

40 cats surrendered in apparent hoarding at B.C. home

Officers found the cats living among piles of garbage and feces, suffering from fleas

Vancouver Aquarium drops cetacean ban lawsuit in new lease agreement

Ocean Wise CEO Lasse Gustavsson called the updated lease an exciting new chapter for the aquarium

Thieves steal two $40K chairs featuring gold serpents from B.C. furniture store

Chairs believed to be the only two of its kind in Canada, police said

Rising gas prices force B.C. residents to rethink summer road trips: poll

63 per cent of respondents reported gas prices are impacting their day-to-day finances

Most Read