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2022 Endowment Award Recipients

January 9, 2023

Six Saskatchewan artists receive annual awards to further their artistic pursuits

Regina – January 9, 2023 – The Saskatchewan Foundation For the Arts (SFFA) proudly announces the 2022 Endowment Award recipients in literary, multidisciplinary, performance (dance, music and theatre) and visual arts, with awards of $5000 each.

Gursh Barnard, Chair of the SFFA 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 seeks 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 2022 Endowment Awards recipients are:

TARA GAREAUX: Colleen Bailey Memorial Fund – Literary Award: for Wild People Quiet, a novel telling the journey of a woman living in small town Saskatchewan in 1940s, who denied her Metis identity for decades.

JOELY BIGEAGLE-KEQUAHTOOWAY: Dick and Jane Fund – Indigenous Literary Award: to write a full- length movie script tentatively titled Crazy, Rich Indigenous.

KRISTINE ALVAREZ: Harry Nick Kangles Fund – Regina Artist Award: for ‘acknowledgment’ creative response to her work Burnt Sienna.

BONNIE CONLY: Jane Turnbull Evans Fund – Visual Award for Female Artist: to develop sculpture, video, and photographic artworks honouring the resolve of Ukrainian women during the Russian invasion.

STACEY FAYANT: Shurniak Endowment Fund– Visual Award: to photograph face tattoos given to Indigenous people for a group exhibition in 2023, with an accompanying catalogue.

LORNE KEQUAHTOOWAYCameco Endowment for Indigenous Artists – Indigenous Artist Award: to create two grass dance outfits, including adult head roach using porcupine hair, beaded headband, eye cover, wrist cuff, armband and beaded cape.

Stacey Fayant says, “I am incredibly grateful and honoured to be chosen as a recipient of a Saskatchewan Foundation For the Arts Endowment Award. This award tells me that the path I am on in my creative endeavors is a good, important and meaningful path for myself, my community, and the larger arts community. Thank you to the jurors for taking the time to think about my project, thank you to SFFA staff for all the work you do and for the help and encouragement you offer and a big thank you to the Shurniak family for your commitment to funding artists and the arts. Your support both financially and through this award recognition drives me and my commitment to finding a means of reconciliation through my art practice.”

“I am very honored to receive the Jane Turnbull Evans award for an emerging women artist. Thank you to the SFFA and all the donors for this recognition, allowing me the opportunity to be part of Jane’s great dream and legacy. This support will be instrumental in facilitating my creative work” says Bonnie Conly, recipient of the 2022 Jane Turnbull Evans Award.

The SFFA is excited to announce five new awards for 2023 thanks to Richard Spafford and Jane Turnbull- Evans’ generosity in supporting the growth of the Dick and Jane Fund. A legacy gift in perpetuity honoring their lifelong commitment to supporting the arts and their drive in establishing the SFFA.
The 2023 Dick and Jane Endowment Fund will now include awards for: Indigenous Traditional Craft Award, Indigenous Multi-media Language Arts Award, Multidisciplinary 2SLGBTQ+ Artist/Art Award, Female Arts Entrepreneur Award, and Prairie Folk Arts/Craft Award. Watch for news in the upcoming days.

Barnard says, “Our donors and supporters have invested over 3 million dollars to secure private funding for the arts and artists of Saskatchewan. To date the SFFA has supported 65 artists with over $330,000 in awards. Visionaries have made this possible and we look forward to building the Endowment funds in support of our province’s arts and talented 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.

Gursh Barnard: Chair, Board of Trustees Tel: 306-737-8980