Grenfell visual arts alumnus Jordan Bennett (BFA '08) is one of 150 Indigenous artists who have been awarded a total of $1.5 million through the REVEAL Indigenous Art Awards.
Mr. Bennett, a Mi'kmaq multi-disciplinary visual artist from Stephenville Crossing, who recently received a master's degree from the University of British Columbia Okanagan with a particular focus on exploring Mi'kmaq and Beothuk visual culture and histories.
Mr. Bennett's $10,000 cash prize is part of a one-time award granted by the Hnatyshyn Foundation. Of the 150 artists selected to receive an award, 11 are from the North, 40 are from BC, 26 are from the Prairies, 50 are from Ontario, 18 are from Quebec and five are from Atlantic Canada.
The awards, given in six artistic categories – dance, music, theatre, literature, film/video (media arts) and visual arts/fine craft – are intended to recognize emerging and established Indigenous artists working in traditional or contemporary practices.
A special event honouring the artists will be held in Winnipeg on May 22nd, 2017.
The Hnatyshyn Foundation is a private charity established by the late Right Honourable Ramon John Hnatyshyn, Canada's twenty-fourth Governor General, to assist emerging and established artists in all disciplines with their schooling, training and career development, and promote to the Canadian public the importance of the arts in our society. Its programs are funded by donations from government, foundations, corporations and individuals.
Candice Kennedy photo