2021 Recipients Announcement

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Saskatchewan Foundation For The Arts announces

2021 Endowment Award recipients

Seven Saskatchewan artists receive annual awards to further their artistic pursuits

Regina – December 20th, 2021 – The Saskatchewan Foundation For the Arts (SFFA) proudly announces the 2021 Endowment Award recipients in literary, multidisciplinary, performing (dance, music and theatre) and visual arts, with awards of $5000 each.

Gursh Barnard, Chair Saskatchewan Foundation for the Arts, says, “Our province is recognized for creating world-class artists. The Foundation is committed to supporting and recognizing the work of Saskatchewan artists and actively seeking donations from arts patrons and supporters who celebrate the vibrancy and value of the arts and culture in our lives.”

The endowment funds are managed and administered by the SFFA Board of Trustees. Each award is in part supported by the following named funds:

The 2021 Endowment Awards recipients are:

Nathan Coppens:         Literary Award                              Colleen Bailey Memorial Endowment Fund

Ayesha Mohsin:           Regina Artist Award                     Harry Nick Kangles Endowment Fund

Zoë Schneider:             Visual Award for Female Artist  Jane Turnbull Evans Fund

JingLu Zhao:                Visual Award for Female Artist   Jane Turnbull Evans Fund

Patrick Fernandez:      Visual Award                                  Shurniak Endowment Fund

Jeff Nachtigall:            Visual Award                                  Shurniak Endowment Fund

Melanie Rose:              Indigenous Artist Award               Cameco Endowment for Indigenous Artists

Previous recipients include a collective of Saskatchewan artists with work recognized provincially, nationally and internationally, including Miyawata Culture Festival Director Floyd Favel, Playwright and Director Kelley Jo Burke and award-winning musician Laura Pettigrew.

Kelley Jo Burke says, “This award played a huge part in bringing two of my projects to fruition. Financial support from the community means everything because you start the work knowing the community has your back. I want to offer my deepest gratitude to the Foundation and its funders.” 

“The addition of the 2021 award recipients now brings the number of artists financially supported to fifty-eight with approximately $290,000 in awards. We are proud of the work of these artists and invite the public to learn about them and support their growth,” said Barnard.

“The SFFA endowment allowed me to produce Uncle Vanya by Chekhov with an international cast, validating that Indigenous performance is a genre not limited by identity. I am thankful to SFFA for their generosity, enabling our Indigenous festival to create cross-cultural bridges”, says award winner Floyd Favel. 

In addition to the seven 2021 Endowment Awards, Dianne Warren received The Foundation’s first Glengarry Book award prize of $20,000 for her novel The Diamond House. The 2021 Glengarry and Endowment awards mark a proud moment in the history of the Foundation’s financial support of Artists.

About the Saskatchewan Foundation for the Arts 

The Saskatchewan Foundation for the Arts (SFFA) is a public Foundation dedicated solely to creating a legacy of financial support for the arts and artists in Saskatchewan, through the generous financial support of individuals, organizations and corporations. http://www.saskartsfoundation.com/

Gursh Barnard: Chair, Board of Trustees

Tel: 306-737-8980

E-mail: info@saskartsfoundation.com

CBC Books

The Next Chapter is CBC Radio’s show dedicated to Canadian writing.

Shelagh Rogers speaks to celebrated Canadian novelist Dianne Warren about writing her novel, The Diamond House.

Read the article and listen to the interview (15:54) HERE.

2021 Glengarry Book Award Recipient

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Dianne Warren awarded inaugural Glengarry Book award of $20,000 for English-language fiction novel ‘The Diamond House’

Governor General award-winner receives largest literary prize in province’s history

Regina – December 2, 2021 – Launched by the Saskatchewan Foundation For the Arts in June of 2021, the Glengarry Book Award supports Saskatchewan’s literary culture. The $20,000 (CAD) prize celebrates authors with Saskatchewan roots; the 2021 award celebrates nationally recognized Canadian author Dianne Warren.

The award was the vision of donor and booklover Claire Kramer, a founding trustee of the Saskatchewan Foundation for the Arts (SFFA). The Glengarry Book Award is an annual award for a first edition English language novel or book of short fiction.

“I am delighted to recognize the first recipient of the Glengarry Book Award. Dianne Warren has made a significant contribution to Canadian literature. She paints her actors with a fine brush and has a strong perception of character. The Diamond House is a great read.”, says Kramer.

Dianne Warren is an author from Regina. Warren won the National Magazine Gold Award for Fiction and the Western Magazine Award for Fiction. She also won the Marian Engel Award from the Writers’ Trust of Canada in 2004. Her first novel, Cool Water, won the Governor General’s Award for English-language fiction in 2010 and was also longlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize.

Warren says, “It’s such a great honor to be the first recipient of this prize. I feel very fortunate that the jury chose to recognize The Diamond House, and I’m so grateful to Claire Kramer for her gift to writers and books. When you are in the process of writing a novel, you are so immersed in the world of the story that it feels alive, and there is a kind of loss when the book is finished. A prize such as the Glengarry can draw attention to a book so that it can live again in the minds and imaginations of readers. It is very difficult for all the good Canadian books to garner the attention they deserve, and I am grateful for every new reader that the Glengarry Prize might attract to The Diamond House.”

The Glengarry Book Award is managed and administered by the SFFA. Valerie Creighton, President and CEO of the Canada Media Fund, led the formation of the jury and the adjudication of the entries. The jury, comprised of a Canadian author, publisher and former judge and diplomat, selected The Diamond House for its superior writing, character, and plot development. The jury also wished to recognize If Sylvie Had Nine Lives by Leona Theis, Vermin by Lori Hahnel and Small Reckonings by Karin Melberg Schweir.

Three-time Governor General award-winning author Guy Vanderhaeghe says, “The announcement of the $20,000 Glengarry Book Award by the Saskatchewan Foundation for the Arts is a cause for celebration by all who care about the distinguished Saskatchewan literary tradition that first found expression with Sinclair Ross and W.O. Mitchell and which has, in the work of their successors, continued to give vibrant voice to this place and this people. The generosity of Claire Kramer, who funded The Glengarry Book Award, needs to be applauded. It is proof that the arts matter here.”

In addition to the launch of the national ‘Saskatchewan roots’ Glengarry Book Award, in 2021, the Foundation will provide an additional eight awards of $5,000 each, supported by the SFFA’s six named endowment funds to Saskatchewan artists in various disciplines.

“The Glengarry Book award follows a long history of Saskatchewan arts patrons supporting and celebrating the arts. We are honored to be a part of recognizing the creativity of literary artists who have made their mark on Saskatchewan. Whether they started their career here or were raised here, they are connected to this land and our province. We celebrate Dianne Warren as the 2021 Glengarry Book Award recipient. This is a momentous time in the Foundation’s history”, says Gursh Barnard, Chair of the SFFA’s board of trustees.

About the Saskatchewan Foundation for the Arts 

The Saskatchewan Foundation for the Arts (SFFA) is a public Foundation dedicated solely to creating a legacy of financial support for the arts and artists in Saskatchewan, through the generous financial support of individuals, organizations, and corporations.http://www.saskartsfoundation.com/

Gursh Barnard: Chair Board of Trustees

Tel: 306-737-8980

E-mail: info@saskartsfoundation.com

Dianne Warren is an author from Regina. Warren won the National Magazine Gold Award for Fiction and the Western Magazine Award for Fiction. She also won the Marian Engel Award from the Writers’ Trust of Canada in 2004. Her first novel, Cool Water, won the Governor General’s Award for English-language fiction in 2010 and was also long-listed for the Scotia bank Giller Prize.

Warren says, “It’s such a great honour to be the first recipient of this prize. I feel very fortunate that the jury chose to recognize The Diamond House, and I’m so grateful to Claire Kramer for her gift to writers and books. When you are in the process of writing a novel, you are so immersed in the world of the story that it feels alive, and there is a kind of loss when the book is finished. A prize such as the Glengarry can draw attention to a book so that it can live again in the minds and imaginations of readers. It is very difficult for all the good Canadian books to garner the attention they deserve, and I am grateful for every new reader that the Glengarry Prize might attract to The Diamond House.”

The Glengarry Book Award Jury Panel selected “The Diamond House for its superior writing, character, and plot development.

Thoroughly engaging, well written… a lovely novel that hits all the right notes.” Quill & Quire Magazine

Dianne Warren’s most recent novel The Diamond House is quietly addictive. Her portrayal of an entrepreneurial, working-class family in Saskatchewan is deliciously compelling and uncannily realistic….” Prairie Fire Literary Magazine