Enduring Support for the Arts

2011 Awards

Awards from the Foundation were first made in 2007. Awards have been made in years when funds have been available from the growing endowment, or when funds have been donated for specific annual competitions.

Awards were made possible in 2011 through the generous donations of two individuals. Although these awards were not tied to the Foundation’s existing endowment funds, the awards were made in the spirit of those endowed funds. The following individuals each received awards of $2500.

The Foundation gratefully acknowledges the support of the Saskatchewan Arts Board for the juried process.

MICHAEL BRADFORD – Writing (Saskatoon)
Michael Bradford writes and lives in Saskatoon. By day, he is a vice-principal for Saskatoon Public Schools, where he mainly helps people of all ages become excited about reading and writing. By night, he is a family man and writer of poetry and books for kids. His first book of poetry, Personal Effects, was published by Coteau Books in 2004. He is currently finishing a middle-grade novel for suspense seekers who like a taste of the unknown. Michael is very grateful for the excellent and generous help he has received from many Saskatchewan writers along the way.

OLGA DERMENDJI – Visual Arts (Saskatoon)
Olga Dermendji is a multidisciplinary visual artist working predominantly in the areas of drawing, sculpture, installation and painting. Her work deals with the exploration and interpretation of space: living spaces, including both natural and human-built environments, public spaces, common spaces, and even fictitious spaces. The attraction to the structural and organic can also be seen in the exploratory nature of her studio processes, the merging of natural and found materials, handmade and manufactured objects. Olga received her MFA degree from the University of Saskatchewan and a BFA from the University of Windsor.

CARMELA LAGANSE – Ceramics (Regina)
Born in Winnipeg, Carmela Laganse received an MFA in ceramics from Ohio University and a BFA from the University of Manitoba. Carmela has exhibited internationally and taught at various programs across Canada. Her recent artistic activity includes a three-person exhibition at the Redux Contemporary Art Center in Charleston, South Carolina, and upcoming exhibitions at Art Gallery@501 in Alberta and Ace Art in Manitoba. Her art is about odd connections, haptic/physical experience, playful intellectual processes and tracking assigned meanings to cultural objects and popular culture. She often builds interactive objects or portable, modular environments that playfully encourage and integrate physical, emotional, intellectual, and ritualistic experience.

MARIE-CLAIRE MARCOTTE – Theatre (Regina)
Marie-Claire Marcotte has worked in French and English theatre and film across Canada. In addition to her French Theatre training (Banff Centre for the Arts) and clown training (Barcelona), Marie-Claire is a graduate of the International School of Comic Acting (Reggio Emilia, Italy) and of the George Brown Theatre School in Toronto where she won the Edna Khubyar Acting Award. She has co-created and performed in six shows with her Beaver Theatre Co. In 2012, Marie-Claire will be returning to La Troupe du Jour to play in La grande vague, recording her first album with musician Gilles Zolty, teaching theatre for youth at Theatre Direct Company and pursuing her creative work with Beaver Theatre Co. Her first full-length play in French will be produced in 2013 at Saskatoon’s La Troupe du Jour.

Awards

2011 Award Recipients

Awards were made possible in 2011 through the generous and dedicated donations of two individuals. Although these awards were not tied to the Foundation’s existing endowment funds, the awards were made in the spirit of those endowed funds.

Marie-Claire Marcotte

Marie-Claire has worked in French and English theatre and film across the country. She has co-created and performed in six shows with her Theatre Company, Beaver Theatre Co.

In 2012, Marie-Claire will be returning to La Troupe du Jour to play in “La grande vague”, recording her first album with musician Gilles Zolty, teaching theatre for youth at Theatre Direct Company and pursuing her creative work with Beaver Theatre Co. Her first full-length play in French will be produced in 2013 at Saskatoon’s La Troupe du Jour.

In addition to her French Theatre training (Banff Centre for the Arts), clown training (Barcelona, Spain), Marie-Claire is a graduate of the International School of Comic Acting (Reggio Emilia, Italy) and of the George Brown Theatre School in Toronto where she won the Edna Khubyar Acting Award.

Michael Bradford

Michael Bradford writes and lives in Saskatoon. By day, he is a vice-principal for Saskatoon Public Schools, where he mainly helps people of all ages become incredibly excited about reading and writing. By night, he is an intrepid family man and writer of poetry and books for kids. His first book of poetry, Personal Effects, was published by Coteau Books in 2004. He is currently very nearly finished a middle-grade novel for suspense seekers who like a taste of the unknown. Michael is very grateful for the excellent and generous help he has received from many Saskatchewan writers along the way.

Olga Dermendji

Olga Dermendji is a multidisciplinary visual artist working predominantly in the areas of drawing, sculpture, installation and painting. Her work deals with the exploration and interpretation of space: living spaces, including both natural and human-built environments, public spaces, common spaces, and even fictitious spaces. The attraction to the structural and organic can also be seen in the exploratory nature of her studio processes, the merging of natural and found materials, handmade and manufactured objects. Olga received her MFA degree from the University of Saskatchewan and a BFA from the University of Windsor.

Carmela Laganse

Born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Carmela Laganse received an MFA in ceramics from Ohio University and a BFA from the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg. Carmela has exhibited internationally and taught at various programs across Canada. Her recent artistic activity includes a three-person exhibition at the Redux Contemporary Art Center in Charleston, South Carolina, and upcoming exhibitions at Art Gallery@501 in Alberta and Ace Art in Manitoba.

Her art is about odd connections, haptic/physical experience, playful intellectual processes and tracking assigned meanings to cultural objects and popular culture. She often builds interactive objects or portable, modular environments that playfully encourage and integrate physical, emotional, intellectual, and ritualistic experience.

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