Sunday, February 04, 2007

SUNDAY Morning 3 AM

Things to know about in February provided by Akimbo:

Forty years celebrating the arts

Manitoba Arts Council Names Arts Award of Distinction


Word is buzzing that well-loved visual artist Aganetha Dyck has been named the fifth recipient of the Manitoba Arts Council Arts Award of Distinction. This $30,000 award is presented annually to recognize the highest level of artistic excellence and distinguished career achievements by a professional Manitoba artist.

Born in Winnipeg, Aganetha has shown her work extensively in over 30 solo exhibitions and numerous group exhibitions across Canada and internationally since 1975. Perhaps best known for her collaborative work with live honeybees, Aganetha's most recent practise has concentrated on placing ordinary household objects in beehives, allowing the bees to become her artistic partners by adding wax sculptures to the objects. This unique collaboration was recently highlighted in a one-hour episode of "The Nature of Things" with David Suzuki.

"The purpose of this award is to celebrate the careers of senior artists who represent our province so prominently on a national and international scale," says Judith Flynn, Chair of Council. "This year we are celebrating the exceptional career of Aganetha Dyck, who began her professional artistic practise later in life and has since consistently produced original and thought-provoking work."

In addition to her recognized excellence in the visual arts, Aganetha has played a vital part in the growth and advancement of the arts community in Manitoba. Aganetha currently sits on the Board of Directors of Plug In Gallery and she has devoted over twenty years as a mentor at MAWA (Mentoring Artists for Women's Art). According to artist Shirley Brown, "Aganetha is inspirational. Through hard work, perseverance and brilliant creativity she has become an international artist. Knowing her has allowed me as well as many others to attempt this road. Her freethinking lets us know that, artistically; we can do anything we want."

The artistic excellence of Aganetha's work has been recognized repeatedly by her peers, and she has received numerous grants throughout her career from Canada Council and the Manitoba Arts Council. Aganetha received her first MAC grant in 1986 and her most recent in 2004. Aganetha will be honoured at a ceremony to be held in March. Previous Arts Award of Distinction recipients include: Leslee Silverman (2002), Robert Kroetsch (2003), Grant Guy (2004) and Guy Maddin (2005).

The Manitoba Arts Council provides funds to professional Manitoba artists and arts organizations.

For more information:

Darla Gauthier, Communications Coordinator
Manitoba Arts Council
tel: (204)945-8870 fax: (204)945-5925
Toll-free in Manitoba: 1-866-994-2787


Thesis-year Criticism and Curatorial Students at OCAD invite you to attend the first annual CRCP Symposium.

Between Adaptation and Death: Artist, Critic, Designer, Curator

Saturday, February 10, 9 am - 6 pm

Six undergraduate and graduate students deliver papers asking:

Should professional interdisciplinarity be encouraged?

What can be achieved - or lost - with the blurring of boundaries?

Might the future foresee further divisions within these creative professions?

How do educational strategies and industry standards affect these discussions?

Also featuring keynote speaker Alex Alberro, Professor of Art History at the University of Florida; speakers include Peter Theodoropolous (U of T), Shirley Yoon (OCAD), J.Bounty (YorkU), Johan Lundh (Konstfack), Liz Pead (OCAD) and Paul Byron (McMaster).

This event will be followed by a reception at 4 pm.

Rm 128

The Ontario College of Art and Design

113 McCaul St.

Toronto, Ontario

For more information, contact Rosemary Donegan, Faculty of Liberal Studies, 416.977.6000 ext. 389.


reminder: final CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS



taking place June 1st – 30th, 2007.

Submission Deadline: February 21st, 2007, 4pm EST

2007 Program Dates: June 1st - 30th

For further information including the Guidelines for Submissions, Application Form and Answers to Frequently Asked Questions, please visit Artscape’s website at





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