Enduring Support for the Arts

2017 Recipients

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.

FLOYD FAVEL – Cameco Aboriginal Artist Award
Floyd is from the Poundmaker Indian Reserve #114, in northwestern Saskatchewan. He is a theatre director, playwright, cultural and theatre theorist, journalist, museum curator, and Cree traditional practitioner. He was raised on Poundmaker in the Cree language and came along to the English language as a young boy.

Floyd studied theatre in Denmark at the Tukak Teatret, a school for Inuit and Sami Indigenous People, and at the Centro di Lavoro di Grotowski in Italy, where he worked with the legendary Jerzy Grotowski, one of the great theatre figures of the 20th century. Since he finished his formal training he undertook a research project he titled Native Performance Culture, NpC, this was the research and development of an Indigenous theatre method based on performance principles inherent in Indigenous ritual and social structures. He has travelled across the United States and Canada, Japan, Russia and Australia in his quest for a method and Mr. Favel feels that his method is ready to be shared with all peoples. One of the main points of his method is that Indigenous Theatre is based on artistic principles and is not a separate category based on Indigenous ancestry or heritage.

Floyd has presented at or taught at various venues such as; the National Theatre School of Canada, New Dance Horizons, The Globe Theatre, The Citadel Theatre, Catalyst Theatre, Gwandaak Theatre Adventures, Full Circle Performance Ensemble, Native Earth Performing Arts, The National Arts Centre, Denver Art Museum, Museum of Civilization, The National Museum of the American Indian, UBC-Kelowna, University of Regina, University of Brandon, Santa Fe Institute of American Indian Arts, University of Ottawa, Concordia University/Montreal, CBC Radio, University of Victoria/Australia, Moscow School of Dramatic Arts.

This award will support the development of the production of his adaptation of The Cherry Orchard by Russian playwright Anton Chekhov. He will utilize his Indigenous method, Native Performance Culture, NpC, to analyze and adapt the text to an Indigenous environment. The cast will be comprised of Indigenous and non-Indigenous participants, including drama students from the University of Silesia/Poland.


TODD GRONSDAHL – Visual Arts Endowment Fund Award
Todd is from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan working primarily in sculpture and installation. He studied visual art and industrial design at ECUAD and the U of S. He has shown work internationally and locally at the Mendel Art Gallery, the Dunlop, and recently a solo exhibition at The Kenderdine Art Gallery.

His making is a practical act, involving repurposed materials. These materials, coupled with an intuitive approach to building, leads to work with a pragmatic aesthetic like a prototype or prop. Todd’s intention is that these sculptural works lend meaning to narrative projects. Like an anthropologist speculates on an artifact, his hope is that audiences will jump to conclusions about the work unearthing hitherto unknown “facts” that subvert official history.

Todd has received support and awards from the SAB, the Banff Centre for the Arts and the Vermont Studio Centre.

This award will support building a wooden framework that supports light/sound reflecting cones, in which iPhones perform a sound/light effect manipulated by text messaging.


ANNE LAZURKO – Colleen Bailey Memorial Literary Award
Through her fiction, she explores how historical truth, or at least the meaning ascribed to historical events, is entirely malleable; how we write our own history as needed, as desired, as it redeems us. Based on her father’s stories of occupation and internment in WWII Holland and his subsequent deployment to fight the Indonesian War of Independence, Anne’s current novel project, Mengeti (working title), is the story of one young man’s journey through two very different wars, from being occupied to holding the gun, from having an enemy to becoming one.

Anne’s debut novel, Dollybird, won the Willa Award for Historical Fiction and was shortlisted for the Saskatchewan Fiction Award. Her poetry has appeared in Fast Forward: New Saskatchewan Poets, and is included in an upcoming Frontenac House anthology. She is a graduate of the Humber College Creative Writing program, has an honours degree in Political Science, and is an award winning agricultural journalist. She is on the board of Sage Hill Writing, and conducts workshops, readings, and conference presentations across the province. Anne writes from her farm near Weyburn.

This award will support the revisions and completion of a polished draft of her novel, Mengeti, and allow her to begin the submission process to find an agent/publisher.


LAURA PETTIGREW – Harry Nick Kangles Regina Artist Award
Laura is from Regina, her contributions in the Prairie Provinces are well known and appreciated, but her influence and achievements have now expanded all over the world. Her music has received world premières by GRAMMY® Award-winning I Solisti Veneti (Italy), Regina Symphony Orchestra (Canada), Massive Brass Attack (Portugal), Nicole Gi Li and Corey Hamm (Piano Erhu Project or PEP), and Foothills Brass (Canada). She was one of the composers commissioned by Toronto Symphony Orchestra for their Canada Mosaic Project for Canada’s 150th Sesquicentennial celebration. She created the international award-winning short film, “The Sky Came Down” and has received additional awards from: Saskatchewan Foundation for the Arts (Regina Artist), Mayor’s Arts and Business Award for Living the Arts, University of Regina Crowning Achievement Award for Distinguished Humanitarian and Community Service, the YWCA Women of Distinction Jacqui Schumiatcher Arts Award, and nominee for the Lieutenant Governor’s Award. Her music has been praised as “spectacular, breathtaking, inspirational” (Reel Rave International Film Festival); “sublime with a style reminiscent of the television show Game of Thrones…patrons were drawn in by the composition…simply put it was awesome” (Regina Leader Post); “Dòchas enveloped the Roy Thompson Hall, entrancing the audience immediately with a lavish, calming sound,” (Broadway World); “Bellissimo” (LA9 SAT Television Station, Padua, Italy).

This award will support the composition of a work for two flutes and piano for a premiere by professional flutists in Georgia and South Carolina, USA, and recording the event to CD.


LAURA ST. PIERRE – Jane Turnbull Evans Female Visual Artist Award
Laura’s installations, sculptures, public works and photography have been exhibited throughout Canada. She earned undergraduate degrees at UBC and the U of A, and completed a Master of Fine Arts degree at Concordia University in Montreal. Laura has received arts grants from the Conseil des Arts et Lettres du Quebec, the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, the Saskatchewan Arts Board, and the Canada Council.

Laura is preparing for numerous exhibitions in 2018, including solos at the Dunlop and PAVED, and group exhibitions in Calgary and Montreal. She currently lives and works in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

This award will support the creation of new photographs depicting the activities of a fictive character called the Gardener, who plants gardens in urban junk spaces.