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2018 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 2018, the designated endowment funds provided 6 awards of $5000 each.

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

CAROL ROSE GOLDENEAGLE (Regina Beach) – The Colleen Bailey Memorial Fund

Carol Rose GoldenEagle is a Saskatchewan author of award-winning novel Bearskin Diary. It was chosen as the national Aboriginal Literature Title for 2017. It was also shortlisted for three Saskatchewan Book Awards. The French language translation of this novel, entitled Peau D’ours won a Saskatchewan Book Award in 2019.

Her first book of poetry – entitled Hiraeth – was shortlisted for a Saskatchewan Book Award in 2019. Her second novel, Bone Black, was released in the Fall of 2019. Her latest title, The Narrows of Fear (novel), was released October 2020.  Another collection of poetry, called Essential Ingredients, will be released in 2021.
* Featured Artist

DAKOTA RAY HEBERT (Saskatoon) – The Dick and Jane Fund

Dakota Ray Hebert is a Dene entertainer who was born and raised in Meadow Lake, Saskatchewan. She has performed as an actor and comedian across Canada, the United States, La Penita, Mexico, and even Shenzhen, China! When she’s not writing or telling funny stories, or acting her heart out, she’s cuddling up to her loving partner Dylan Jay, and two sweetie pooches Mr Bean and Lieutenant Dan.
* Updated biography provided by artist

KELLEY JO BURKE (Regina) – The Harry Nick Kangles Fund

Kelley Jo Burke is a playwright, director, actor, editor, a creative nonfiction writer and documentarian, radio producer and broadcaster. My plays include the upcoming musical The Curst (with Library Voices) Us (co-creator Jeff Straker), The Lucky OnesSomewhere, Sask. (co-creator Carrie Catherine) Ducks on the Moon (Hagios), The Selkie Wife (Scirocco), Jane’s Thumb(Signature), and Charming and Rose: True Love (Blizzard).

I dramaturge, direct and produce for stage and radio, and was for many years the host/producer of CBC radio. My eighth CBC IDEAS creative nonfiction radio documentary, called “Bringing Up Fur Baby,” was heard across Canada in May 2017. I am a creative writing professor and mentor for the University of Regina, St. Peter’s College, and the University of Saskatchewan, and an active arts advocate, provincially and nationally as well. I was 2009 winner of the Saskatchewan Lieutenant-Governor’s Award for Leadership in the Arts, the 2009 City of Regina Writing Award (my third time receiving that award), and the 2008 Saskatoon and Area Theatre Award for Playwriting.

I work in theatre and creative non-fiction. In my theatre work and documentary work, I have explored issues ranging from body image, the mother /daughter relationship, childbirth, domestic violence and motherhood, generational approaches to feminism, monogamy, LGBTQA+++ inclusion, disability, and a variety of subcultures. I also wrote and performed a one-woman show about parenting and the autism spectrum, which then became a documentary and a book. As you can imagine, with that subject matter – most of my work is comic… That was a joke – I actually call my work “tramedy” since most of what I write teeters on the edge between howling with laughter and just howling.
* Featured Artist

LAURA PAYNE (Saskatoon) – The Jane Turnbull Evans Fund for the Arts

Laura Payne (b. 1987, Ottawa) is a visual artist based in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. She received her BFA from the University of Western Ontario (London ON) and her MFA from the Mount Royal School of Art at MICA (Baltimore MD). Payne has received financial support from SK Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, and the Canada Council for the Arts, for multiple projects. She was a finalist for the RBC Canadian Painting Competition in 2017, and the recipient of a Saskatchewan Foundation for the Arts Award in 2018. Payne has participated in exhibitions in Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, Baltimore, New York, Los Angeles, and Washington DC.
* Featured Artist

LOUISA FERGUSON (Meacham) – The Shurniak Fund

Louisa Ferguson’s art practice is varied and includes glass and ceramics. Currently, she is completing her MFA in ecologically restorative art. Her thesis centres around exploring, remediating ecosystems and documenting artworks within the prairie landscape, including creating natural papers and inks.

In 2015, Louisa was awarded The Gale Steck Memorial Award for Excellence in Craft by an Emerging Artist, Dimensions 2015. She was a finalist for Niche Awards 2017, and was recently selected as a finalist in the prestigious International Toyama Glass Exhibition 2018.
* Featured Artist

JACKIE LATENDRESSE (Saskatoon) – The Cameco Endowment for Indigenous Artists

Jackie Latendresse is a dance artist, director and choreographer with an H.B.A. in dance from the University of Waterloo. She founded the Free Flow Dance Theatre Company in 1995 and 2020 marked the 25-year anniversary for the company. Her professional choreographic work with Free Flow has been publicly acclaimed; she has been nominated for various awards including the YWCA Women of Distinction award, Saskatoon Champion for the Arts, the SK Lieutenant Governor’s award. She has received numerous government grants and awards from federal, provincial and municipal sources in support of her individual work as well as for Free Flow Dance Theatre and its programming.

In 2019 she received the Saskatchewan Foundation for the Arts Endowment Award which allowed the creation of Non Nobis Solum. (Not for ourselves alone) which was presented at the Refinery Arts and Spirit Centre.

Jackie is a voice for the arts and an advocate for dance. She endeavors to create a strong and vibrant dance community by providing opportunities for the arts to flourish in her company’s annual season of events. She strives to create bonds and connections between artists that will continue to grow through the years and works to make dance an art form that is accessible to all. Her dedication to the art form and the cultivation of it is a strong theme found throughout her life’s work.
* Featured Artist