Celebrating the Arts: 2013 Mayor’s Arts Awards recipients announced

November 19, 2013 | Arts and Culture

Vancouver’s outstanding creative talents, who represent disciplines ranging from performing and visual arts to literary and culinary arts, will be recognized for their achievements with the 2013 Mayor’s Arts Awards and the City of Vancouver Book Award.

Mayor Gregor Robertson will present the awards at a special ceremony on November 22 at Telus World of Science. Honourees will be recognized in the categories of studio arts, performing arts and support of the arts (philanthropy, volunteerism, business support and arts board member of the year). The winner of the Vancouver Book Award will be announced at the event.

“This year’s Mayor’s Arts Awards honourees and emerging artists exemplify the tremendous depth and diversity of talent we have in Vancouver,” said Mayor Gregor Robertson. “Our creative community bolsters our city’s cultural vitality and economic well-being, and support for local arts and culture is a top priority of our work at City Hall. On behalf of my colleagues on Vancouver City Council and the citizens of Vancouver, I would like to congratulate these artists and thank them wholeheartedly for their leadership in making this such a creative and vibrant city.”

Each honouree in the studio and performing arts categories is invited to select an emerging artist in their discipline who demonstrates the promise of the next generation.

The 2013 Mayor’s Arts Awards recipients (emerging artists indicated in parentheses) are:

Studio Arts: Dominique Brechault (Urszula of ZULA Jewelry + Design) for craft and design; Eric Pateman (Jackie Kai Ellis) for culinary arts; Cari Green (Arun Fryer) for film and new media; George Fetherling (Rahat Kurd) for literary arts; Myfanwy MacLeod (Derek Brunen) for visual arts; Ken R. Lum (Rebecca Bayer) for public art; and Patti Fraser (Kim Villagante) for community engaged arts.

Performing Arts: Karen Jamieson (Josh Martin) for dance; Peggy Lee (Cole Schmidt) for music; and Patrick McDonald (Kyle Jespersen) for theatre.

Support of the Arts: Anndraya Luui for Philanthropy; Merle Smith for volunteerism; BMO Financial Group for business support; Mo Dhaliwal for arts board member of the year.

Lifetime Achievement: Cornelia Hahn Oberlander.

The Vancouver Book Award finalists are: Jancis M. Andrews for The Ballad of Mrs. Smith (Hedgerow Press); Brad Cran for Ink on Paper (Nightwood Editions); Amber Dawn for How Poetry Saved My Life (Arsenal Pulp Press); Harold Kalman and Robin Ward for Exploring Vancouver – The Architectural Guide (Douglas & McIntyre); and Sean Kheraj for Inventing Stanley Park (UBC Press).

Biographies of the award recipients are available online at vancouver.ca/artsawards

The Arts Awards winners are selected by juries of their peers convened by the Alliance for Arts and Culture. The Book Award recipient is selected by an independent jury.

The honourees and emerging artists for the Mayor’s Arts Awards receive a $2,500 cash prize. The lifetime achievement recipient receives a $1,000 cash prize. Those recognized in the support-for-the-arts categories receive a certificate of recognition. The Book Award recipient receives a $2,000 prize.

The Mayor’s Arts Awards were established in 2006 to recognize local artists and their contributions to the city. Since 1989, the Vancouver Book Award has been awarded annually to recognize authors whose works demonstrate excellence and contribute to an appreciation and understanding of Vancouver’s history, unique character or achievements of its residents.

On a per capita basis, the City of Vancouver has the highest number of artists and provides the most local grant funding for arts organizations of any major city in Canada.