Enduring Support for the Arts

2010 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 2010 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.

TYLER BRETT – Visual Arts (Bruno)
Tyler Brett graduated with a BFA from the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design, Vancouver BC, Canada and completed his MFA in studio art at the University of Saskatchewan. He has produced visual art and music both independently and in collaboration with Tony Romano as ‘T&T’ since 2001. Brett works primarily in mixed media based installation and drawing that combines innovative, survivalist modes of living with ecologically sound principles. The results of his ongoing collaboration with Tony Romano has led to the creation of ideas relating to hybrid forms of art and architecture explored in sculptural installations, scale models, video and
panoramic inkjet prints.

MARK CAESAR – Music (Regina)
Mark Caesar formed a band called Sexually Attracted to Fire (SATF) in 2005. SATF performed at several festivals, was the regional winner of the Radio Star National Songwriting Contest and showcased at Canadian Music Week in Toronto before releasing an album and then disbanding. Mark subsequently recorded and performed alone. The Foundation’s award will support him in continuing to develop artistically, compiling a collection of new songs and exploring different genres including blues and gospel, and working with different instruments including the musical saw, ukulele, banjo, and kalimba.

KELLY-ANNE RIESS – Writing (Moose Jaw)
Kelly-Anne Riess is the author of the poetry collection, To End a Conversation, which was featured on CBC Radio and on The Writer’s Almanac with Garrison Keillor. Riess has written and produced a number of short films that screened at festivals across Canada. She recently finished writing her first feature film script with support from Super Channel and SaskFilm. Riess is founder of A Night of Poetry and Film, a reading and film series in Regina. In 2010, she received the Outstanding Young Alumni Award from the University of Saskatchewan.

TAMARA RUSNAK – Visual Arts (Saskatoon)
Tamara Rusnak lived in Vancouver until a recent move back to Regina, her birthplace. She completed a Master of Fine Arts at the University of Regina. Tamara’s art practice is largely informed by natural patterns, forms and systems, which she observes while exploring wilderness areas. Larvae, cocoons, mushrooms and tree galls hold a particular fascination for Rusnak. In the studio, Tamara experiments with techniques, tools and materials to create novel and unusual two and three-dimensional works. At the University of Regina, Tamara’s thesis project included developing ways to maintain an ecologically sound art practice. With her award she will produce work for a show (2013) at the Art Gallery of Regina.

Awards

2010 Award Recipients

Awards were made possible in 2010 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.

In 2010, the following individuals received awards of $2500 each.

Kelly-Anne Riess

Kelly-Anne Riess is the author of the poetry collection, To End a Conversation, which was featured on CBC Radio and on The Writer’s Almanac with Garrison Keillor. Riess has written and produced a number of short films that screened at festivals across Canada. She recently finished writing her first feature film script with support from Super Channel and SaskFilm. Riess is founder of “A Night of Poetry and Film,” a reading and film series in Regina. In 2010, she received the Outstanding Young Alumni Award from the University of Saskatchewan.

Mark Caesar

Artistic Mission Statement
To be a creative role model, a leader, and a life-longer learner who inspires and encourages others to pursue their dreams while pursuing my own.

Who I Am
I am a folk, rock, and roots artist. I am a home care support worker. I am a master of economics. I am left- handed, and learning to become more right-brained. I am not related to Julius, but my mom makes great salad. I have a strong desire to connect with people. I am always learning and growing.

Past Works
I formed a band called Sexually Attracted to Fire (SATF) in 2005. SATF performed at JunoFest, Ness Creek, and the Regina Folk Festival in 2007. In 2008, SATF was the regional winner of the Radio Star National Songwriting Contest and showcased at Canadian Music Week in Toronto. Later that same year, SATF released their self-titled album but soon after disbanded.

In April 2009, I released my first solo EP titled Burma Road, produced by Ross Nykiforuk (Northern Pikes, Deep Dark Woods). Since the release I have played over 70 shows, mostly out of province, selling over 500 CDs. In April 2010, my single Highway 16 was added to CBC’s Radio 2 Drive and Morning shows. CBC Radio’s Canada Live recorded my concert at the Routes Gallery in Harris, SK and has been added to their website and podcast. I was chosen as a regional finalist in the 2010 Mountain Stage NewSong Contest. I am very proud of the successes and opportunities Burma Road is providing. With the help of the Saskatchewan Foundation for the Arts I look forward to continuing to develop artistically and to build on these successes. I will be compiling a collection of new songs and exploring different genres including blues and gospel, and working with different instruments including the musical saw, ukulele, banjo, and kalimba.

Tamara Rusnak

Tamara Rusnak lived in Vancouver, BC for 23 years until a recent move back to her birthplace Regina, SK. She recently completed a Master of Fine Arts degree at the University of Regina.

Tamara's art practice is largely informed by the natural patterns, forms and systems, which she observes while exploring wilderness areas. Larvae, cocoons, mushrooms and tree galls hold a particular fascination for Rusnak who is curious about how natural phenomena can be interpreted as metaphors for feelings and emotions. She is currently enrolled in Biology 101 as a means to enhance her understanding of the relationships to be found between humans and the natural world.

In the studio, Tamara experiments with techniques, tools and materials to create novel and unusual two and three-dimensional works. At the University of Regina, Tamara’s thesis project included a branch of research where she sought to develop ways to maintain an ecologically sound art practice. Thus, a large portion of her master’s project was an investigation into ways of working with natural materials such as: basketry, papermaking and encaustic. She also makes her own watercolour and oil paints.

Tamara will be using the proceeds of the Saskatchewan Foundation for the Arts Emerging Artist Grant to produce work for an upcoming show (2013) at the Art Gallery of Regina, (along with Monique Blom and Stacia Verigin) which will be curated by Marsha Kennedy. The show will include new work which will investigate the metaphorical possibilities to be found by relating traditional handcrafts done with natural materials (knitting, weaving, felting) to systems and networks involved in the growth of plants, animals and insects.

Tyler Brett

Tyler Brett graduated with a BFA from the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design, Vancouver BC, Canada in 2001 and completed his MFA in studio art at the University of Saskatchewan in 2009. He has produced visual art and music both independently and in collaboration with Tony Romano as ‘T&T’ since 2001.

Brett works primarily in mixed media based installation and drawing that combines innovative, survivalist modes of living with ecologically sound principles. The results of his ongoing collaboration with Tony Romano has led to the creation of ideas relating to hybrid forms of art and architecture explored in sculptural installations, scale models, video and panoramic inkjet prints.

Brett works primarily in mixed media based installation and drawing that combines innovative, survivalist modes of living with ecologically sound principles. The results of his ongoing collaborations with Tony Romano has lead to the creation of ideas relating to hybrid forms of art and architecture explored in sculptural installations, scale models, video and panoramic inkjet prints.

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