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2011 Endowment Awards 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 endowment donors. Thank you for your vision, commitment and support of Saskatchewan Artists.

We acknowledge the current and past volunteer Board of Trustees for their efforts in supporting the work of the Foundation.

In 2011, awards were made possible 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. There were 4 awards of $2500. 

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

MICHAEL BRADFORD (Saskatoon) – Writing

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.
* Archival biography; no update available at this time.

OLGA DERMENDJI (Saskatoon) – Visual Arts

The biography has been removed at the request of the artist.

CARMELA LAGANSE (Regina) – Ceramics

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. 
* Archival biography; no update available at this time.


Marie-Claire Marcotte works in English and French as a screenwriter, playwright, director and actress. Over the years, she has had the opportunity to attend writing residencies in Belgium, France and Canada and her writing has been most notably recognized at the Los Angeles Film Awards, the International Academy of Web Television and the Indie Series Awards. Her plays Peau (Jeanne Sabourin award) and Flush (Festival des langues françaises finalist) are published by Éditions L’Interligne.

She has co-created two award-winning digital series and short films; and has been recognized internationally, including the Cannes Film Festival. She is a part of the 2021 Directors Lab North cohort and is currently developing several projects: the television adaptation of the graphic novel Operatic by Kyo Maclear, illustrated by Byron Eggenschwiler, with IGP Productions; her feature film Rêver en neonthrough the program Élan with its partners Netflix, Telefilm and APFC; as well as the multimedia creation Encore une autre thérapie with Switzerland’s Compagnie Digestif.

The SFFA award made it possible for me to write the play “Id entity”.
* Updated biography provided by artist