Lifetime Achievement (Recipient)

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2012 Lifetime Achievement Recipient - Victor Cicansky, Regina

Victor Cicansky, Regina

Victor Cicansky was born and raised in Regina. His contributions to the arts as a mentor, educator, and sculptor were acknowledged in July 2009, when he was named a member of the Order of Canada. He is also the recipient of many Canada Council grants and awards, the Victoria and Albert Award for Ceramic Sculpture, the California Kingsley Annual Award for Sculpture, and the Saskatchewan Order of Merit.

Victor has taught at the University of Regina for more than 20 years, as well as at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, the University of California at Davis, and the Banff School of Fine Arts. He has had many solo and group exhibitions across Canada, the United States, Japan, and Europe.

Victor is represented in major public and private collections, including those of the Saskatchewan Arts Board and the National Gallery of Canada.

30 Below (Short-Listed Nominees)

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2012 30 Below Short-Listed Nominee - John Hampton, Regina

John Hampton, Regina

John G. Hampton is an artist and curator from Regina. He is a member of the artist collective Turner Prize* and is the curator at large for Neutral Ground Contemporary Art Forum. He currently lives in Toronto, where he is pursuing a master's in visual studies from the University of Toronto.

John has exhibited in galleries in Canada and the United States. His writing has been published in BlackFlash Magazine and Gallerieswest, and he has upcoming publications with Art&Education and Vtape. John has also produced numerous videos for various social health research groups and regularly experiments in other artistic realms.


2012 30 Below Short-Listed Nominee - Dakota McFadzean, Regina

Dakota McFadzean, Regina

Dakota McFadzean was born and raised in North Central Regina on a steady diet of comics and MAD Magazine. At the age of 20, The Leader-Post started publishing his weekly strip, A Comic, which ran for six years. Since then, his comics, illustrations, and drawings have appeared in magazines, anthologies, and galleries across North America.

Dakota holds an MFA from the Center for Cartoon Studies and, since 2010, has drawn a comic strip every single day. For Saskatchewan readers, Dakota's work appears regularly in Prairie Dog and Planet S.

2012 30 Below Short-Listed Nominee - Karrnnel Sawitsky, Saskatoon

Karrnnel Sawitsky, Saskatoon

Over his 26 years playing the fiddle, Karrnnel Sawitsky has established himself as one of the most original and decorated musicians in the world. He has toured throughout North America and Europe, is the most successful competition fiddle player in Saskatchewan's history, is multi-nominated at the Western Canadian Music Awards and the Canadian Folk Music Awards - including a nomination for Solo Instrumentalist of the Year - and recently was nominated for Instrumental Song of the Year at the 2012 International Independent Music Awards.

Whether he is teaching, performing, writing, collaborating, arranging, or recording, Karrnnel consistently amazes audiences with his passion and expertise.

Arts and Learning (Short-Listed Nominees)

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2012 Arts and Learning Short-Listed Nominee - Sarah Abbott, Regina

Sarah Abbott, Regina

Sarah Abbott is a Canadian filmmaker and artist whose work engages issues of being, human rights, ethics, and the environment. She works in a variety of genres and media, with an aim to push boundaries of expression and stimulate viewer involvement. Her film and video work has received numerous grants, awards, and international festival selections.

Sarah is an associate professor in the Department of Media Production and Studies at the University of Regina, where she created an intensive filmmaking development model in which her students work alongside local film industry professionals. In 2005, she was the driving force behind the founding of mispon - A Celebration of Indigenous Filmmaking.

2012 Arts and Learning Short-Listed Nominee - Monique Martin, Saskatoon

Monique Martin, Saskatoon

Monique Martin is a multi-disciplinary artist and art educator. She has had more than 40 solo exhibitions and 15 group exhibitions in Australia, England, France, USA, Hungary, and across Canada. She has served as an artist-in-residence locally, nationally, and internationally.

Monique received the Governor General's Award for Excellence in Teaching Canadian History, the Prime Minister's Award for Teaching Excellence, the Canadian Society for Education through Art Provincial Affiliate Award, and two National Teaching Awards for combining art into other subject areas. Monique has also been nominated for the YWCA Women of Distinction Award and the Lieutenant Governor's Arts Award for Innovation in the Arts.

2012 Arts and Learning Short-Listed Nominee - Jeff Nachtigall, Saskatoon

Jeff Nachtigall, Saskatoon

Jeff Nachtigall is a multidisciplinary artist, curator, activist, and speaker. His work has been exhibited throughout North America, Europe, and China, and is represented in numerous public and private collections. He has participated in residencies across Canada and regularly lectures and facilitates workshops at institutions across North America. His curatorial practice focuses on community-based projects.

In 2006, Jeff developed the Open Studio model for healthcare that challenges the traditional clinical approach of art therapy and pushes the boundaries of the arts in health care. In 2011, he co-founded Make Work Projects, a storefront studio and sometimes art project space located in downtown Saskatoon.

Leadership (Short-Listed Nominees)

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2012 Leadership Short-Listed Nominee - Sheldon Born, Waldheim

Sheldon Born, Waldheim

Sheldon moved to Saskatchewan from Victoria, BC, in 2001 and joined the Persephone Theatre staff as a controller. Within six months, he became general manager.

Making use of his strong financial, business, and manufacturing background, Sheldon helped steward the company to where it is today, positioning it to move strongly into the future. Some highlights include a major capital campaign, the construction of a new building, and a growth in attendance from less than 30,000 attendees in a season to more than 63,000.

Sheldon has recently left his position at Persephone Theatre to combine his passion for business with his passion for the outdoors.


2012 Leadership Short-Listed Nominee - June Jacobs, Meacham

June Jacobs, Meacham

For 30 years, June Jacobs has been promoting and selling Saskatchewan artists' work at her gallery, The Hand Wave Gallery, in Meacham. In 2011, June received the Craft Marketer of the Year Award from the Saskatchewan Craft Council and Tourism Saskatchewan.

In the last 15 years, June has been experimenting and creating in a predominantly textile medium, exhibiting her work and participating in residencies nationally and internationally. Her work is found in many private and public collections and has received numerous awards.

June has also taught business-related and media-specific workshops, acted as a mentor and adjudicator, and served on the boards of various associations. Currently, she co-ordinates the Artisans Craft Market Co-operative in Saskatoon.


2012 Leadership Short-Listed Nominee - Regina Musical Club, Regina

Regina Musical Club, Regina

The Regina Musical Club has a long and proud history. Founded more than 100 years ago in 1907, it is one of Saskatchewan's oldest continuing musical organizations and has played a major role in the cultural heritage of our province. Over the years, it has greatly enriched the artistic life of Regina and southern Saskatchewan, and it also continues to offer exciting educational and performance opportunities for young musicians.

Saskatchewan Artist (Short-Listed Nominees)

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2012 Saskatchewan Artist Short-Listed Nominee - Mary Longman, Saskatoon

Mary Longman, Saskatoon

Mary Longman is known nationally and internationally for her work in sculpture, drawing, and digital media.

Since 1989, she has taught 70 post-secondary classes in fine art and aboriginal art history. Currently an associate professor in art and art history at the University of Saskatchewan, Mary has also held senior academic positions as dean at the White Mountain Academy of Arts in Elliot Lake, ON, and department head of fine art at the Nicola Valley Institute of Technology in Merritt, BC.

Throughout her career, Mary has shown her work in galleries across North America. Her work is found in many public collections, including those of the Saskatchewan Arts Board and the Canada Council for the Arts.

2012 Saskatchewan Artist Short-Listed Nominee - Anita Rocamora, Meacham

Anita Rocamora, Meacham

Anita Rocamora has made ceramics and art her life for the last 35 years. She strives for perfection, knowing full well perfection is an elusive quest. Her work reflects her curiosity and awareness of the natural world, human concerns and the connections between them. She lives and works in Meacham.


2012 Saskatchewan Artist Short-Listed Nominee - Candace Savage, Saskatoon

Candace Savage, Saskatoon

Candace Savage's need-to-know curiosity has inspired dozens of books and essays on the widest possible range of subjects, from the cosmic science of the aurora, to the inner workings of a beehive. Her latest book, A Geography of Blood, serves as an eccentric sequel to her classic, Prairie: A Natural History.

The recipient of several Saskatchewan Book Awards, she is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. When she is not writing, she sings with Saskatoon's Choeur des Plaines and plays her squeezebox in the Saskatoon Fiddle Orchestra.


Thank You to the Sponsors of the 2012 Lieutenant Governor's Arts Awards

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