Enduring Support for the Arts

2016 Awards

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

These awards are made possible because of the generosity of our donors. Thank you for keeping the arts alive in Saskatchewan.

The available income from the endowment fund was used to make 5 awards of $6000 each.

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

SHERI BENNING – Literary Artist
Sheri Benning grew up on a farm in Saskatchewan. She’s since travelled widely while studying. Her third collection of poetry, The Season’s Vagrant Light: New and Selected Poems, was recently published in the UK by Carcanet Press. Her previous collections, Thin Moon Psalm (Brick Books) and Earth After Rain (Thistledown Press), each won two Saskatchewan Book Awards. Thin Moon Psalm also received a ReLit Prize nomination and the Alfred G. Bailey Manuscript Award. Her poetry, short fiction and essays have appeared in numerous Canadian, British and Irish journals and anthologies. Sheri is also the inaugural recipient of the Saskatchewan Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Emerging Artists. She completed a PhD at the University of Glasgow and is currently the Faculty of Arts Postdoctoral fellow at the University of Regina.

This Award supports the development of the novel-in-progress, In Ordinary Time. Excerpts have been shortlisted for the CBC short story prize and won first place in Grain magazine’s short story contest. A previous draft won second place in the John V. Hicks manuscript awards.

DONNA ROSE LANGHORNE – Aboriginal Artist
Donna Rose Langhorne is a self-taught visual artist from Northern Saskatchewan. She established her artistic practice and launched the Donna The Strange On-Line Art Gallery in 2010. Her initial focus included many commissioned pieces, celebrity pop art, contemporary horror and experimental abstract. This latter interest led to an Indigenous Pathways Initiative grant from the Saskatchewan Arts Board in 2014 to create work characterizing life in Northern Saskatchewan (Northern Exposure series). A second grant from the Arts Board in 2016 allowed her to create seven large Woodlands-style canvasses depicting how the Seven Sacred Teachings can assist the healing process for Indigenous people today (Reconciliation series). Her work on this series was profiled in the March 2017 edition of Eagle Feather News, and one of the paintings on display at a juried show at Mistasinihk Place in La Ronge was awarded “Best in Show“. Donna is a member of Fishing Lake First Nation.

This Award supports the planning process for the collaborative venture Petroglyphs at an Exhibition and the completion of the first three paintings in the 15-painting series.

JOEY TREMBLAY – Regina Artist
Joey Tremblay is an auteur-director, playwright, theatre-maker, actor and Artistic Director of Curtain Razors. He grew up in a southeast Saskatchewan hamlet called Ste. Marthe. Joey holds a BFA in Drama from the University of Regina (1987) and a diploma from the Vancouver Playhouse Acting School (1989). After several years as a freelance actor, Joey co-founded Noises in the Attic, a theatre company mandated to create new Canadian plays on the fringe festival circuit across Canada. From 1996 to 2001, Tremblay was the Artistic Co-Director of Catalyst Theatre in Edmonton. During this period, he wrote, co-directed and produced as many as 15 performance events and full-length scripts that toured across Canada, Great Britain and Australia. Joey was also a member of the English Theatre Ensemble at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa for four years. His work has garnered over 30 awards and nominations for outstanding writing, direction, production and acting.

This Award supported the production of the play, Bad Blood. Bad Blood is a gothic retelling of Joey’s harrowing experience with the Saskatchewan healthcare system.

ZANE WILCOX – Male Visual Artist
Zane Wilcox received a MFA from the University of Regina (2012) and a BMus from the University of British Columbia (1999). He has received numerous awards, including the Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award from the International Sculpture Center. Zane’s work has been exhibited across Canada and in the United States and Australia, and has been supported by the Saskatchewan Arts Board. It is included in public collections including the MacKenzie Art Gallery and Global Affairs Canada. Outside of the studio, Zane has been active in roles such as juror, visiting artist, workshop presenter and teacher.

This Award supports Zane’s development of a new body of sculpture exploring a tension between the geometric and the organic.

CAROL WYLIE – Female Visual Artist
Carol Wylie is a portrait painter driven by an interest in personal interaction and dialogue, verbal and non-verbal. Private consciousness is shared through words, body language and touch. This is how we are able to tolerate the aloneness of existence within our own bodies. Carol explores these themes in her art, attempting to reach through skin, muscle and bone to touch the consciousness of another. She holds a BA in Psychology and a BFA in studio art from the University of Saskatchewan and an MFA from the Vermont College of Fine Arts. She has exhibited in solo and group exhibitions across Canada and the U.S. and was a finalist in the 2015 Kingston Portrait Prize. She is a member of the Studio on 20th Art Collective in Saskatoon, teaches drawing and painting for the U of S Community Arts Program and works in Learning and Engagement at Remai Modern.

This Award supports They didn’t know we were seeds, a portrait series of Holocaust and Residential School survivors. Connecting these two experiences contemporizes the one, as its horrors threaten to fade into history with the death of victims whose firsthand accounts die with them, and lends much-needed gravity to the other.