Enduring Support for the Arts

2014 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.

The income from the endowment funds was used to make awards of $6000 to each of
these recipients.

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

HEATHER BENNING – Visual Arts (Regina)
Heather Benning uses site-specific installations and sculpture to create anchors for our journeys; anchors that remind us of where we came from, of why we can never go back. She has explored issues of identity, displacement/reclamation, heritage, and nostalgia. Her site-specific installations rely on surrounding landscape and architecture to create a mise en scène for the viewer, thus making the works a multi-sensorial experience. Her goal is to make viewers question their relationship to their surroundings and their placement within these environments. Her current sculptural practice also draws from the human figure, as a site of exploration to investigate the reciprocal relationship she feels exists between humans and their environments.

She recently completed the site-specific component of a project titled Kil(n) Hand in Norfolk County, Ontario. The project involves transforming traditional (abandoned) tobacco Kiln and was featured in Canadian Art Magazine (Online).

The Foundation’s award will be used to continue this project. There are 2 solo gallery shows confirmed at Norfolk Arts Centre and Woodstock Art Gallery. A catalog will accompany the show. The gallery show will consist of 2-D (16 prints of photographic documentation) and new 3-D work.

Catherine Blackburn studied Fine Arts at the University of Saskatchewan. She has taught art in communities in Saskatchewan and Alberta. Her work has been supported by the Saskatchewan Arts Board and by the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation (Montreal). Her portrait titled Grandma was awarded a Governor General’s History Award in 2013 and she received the Emerging Artist Award from CARFAC Saskatchewan in 2014. As well as painting, she also does beadwork.

Her work is held in several private collections including the Mann Art Gallery and the Indigenous Peoples Art Collective, both in Prince Albert. Her recent portraits are a reflection of her mixed Dene and European heritage.

The Foundation’s award will support completion of a self-portrait that will complete a small body of work that celebrates and speaks to her personal relationship with her late paternal grandparents. This body of work will speak to the continuation of strength and spirit, while also celebrating family.

ADAM POTTLE – Writing (Saskatoon)
Adam Pottle has studied English at the University of Northern British Columbia (B.A. and M.A.) and the University of Saskatchewan (Ph.D. in progress). He has written drama, poetry, fiction (both book-length and short stories) and scholarly criticism. His work has been recognized by the Saskatchewan Book Awards and has been listed for other awards.

Disability is his primary obsession. He was born with impaired hearing, and has family members with disabilities. His ultimate goals as a writer are to show the possibilities of disability as a narrative subject; to demonstrate its refreshing impact on literature; and to convey its innumerable guises, tensions, and complexities. Disability is a veritable storehouse of literary opportunity, an evocative subject that allows us to explore humanity’s strengths and weaknesses.

The Foundation’s award will support the development of a novel titled The Bus that will portray the devastating effects of the Nazis’ euthanasia program, portray a Nazi as a sympathetic character and draw readers’ attention to the various attitudes surrounding disability.

MICHELE SEREDA – Performing Arts (Regina)
Michele Sereda was an award-winning artist and artistic director. In 2013 she received the Mayor’s Arts and Business Award for Living the Arts. She has worked with First Nation communities in Saskatchewan and across Canada since 1989 in community performances, film-making, performance art with professional artists, and
theatre performances.

The Foundation award was to support a collaboration with emerging multi-disciplinary artist Julianne Beaudry-Henry. It was to illustrate the personal exploration of how women’s traditional roles have been shaped by treaties, residential schools, and
colonial constructs.

It was with great sadness to the artistic community when she passed away tragically
in February 2015.

SEAN WEISGERBER – Visual Arts (Saskatoon)
Sean Weisgerber is a visual artist. He has recently exhibited work at the Mendel Art Gallery as a part of the Artists by Artists program with Marie Lannoo. In addition he has had a solo exhibition at WilAballe Art Projects (Vancouver), a group exhibition with Toronto-based artist, Niall McClelland, at 330G (Saskatoon), and has been part of a group exhibition curated by Michael Hosaluk at Lightbox (New York). He will also be included in a group show at AKA artist-run gallery in January, 2016.


2014 Award Recipients

In December of 2014, five awards of $6,000 each were made to Saskatchewan artists. The Board of Trustees of the Saskatchewan Foundation for the Arts established the criteria and eligibility for the awards, mirroring the intention of each Endowment Fund that supports
an award.

Artists applied for the awards using a prescribed application form. A qualified Jury evaluated their submissions and selected successful applicants, using a process established and administered by the Saskatchewan Arts Board, at the request of the Board of Trustees of the Saskatchewan Foundation for the Arts.

Successful applicants were:

Aboriginal Artist:
Catherine Blackburn, Leask

Visual Artist:
Sean Weisgerber, Saskatoon

Female Visual Artist:
Heather Benning, Regina

Literary Artist:
Adam Pottle, Saskatoon

Regina Artist:
Michele Sereda, Regina

Click here to view previous Award Recipients.