(Fredericton, November 2nd, 2015) – The New Brunswick Arts Board (artsnb) has announced the winners of the Lieutenant-Governor’s Awards for High Achievement in the Arts, ahead of a ceremony at the Old Government House in Fredericton tonight.
“We are extremely proud of the achievements of Jules Boudreau, Thaddeus Holownia, and Jacques Savoie. Each strives for excellence within their artistic practices and works tirelessly to improve the cultural landscape of their communities, enriching our lives in the process. Congratulations to this year’s winners!” remarks Akoulina Connell, Executive Director of the New Brunswick Arts Board.
Presiding over the award ceremony will be the Honorable Jocelyne Roy-Vienneau, who is presenting the Lieutenant-Governor’s Awards for High Achievement in the categories of visual arts, performing arts and French-language literary arts with a value of $20,000 each. “This year’s winners are exemplary in what they have achieved within and beyond the boundaries of our province. They have reached great levels of acclaim locally, nationally and internationally. They epitomize what it means to be engaged citizens and cultural ambassadors.” adds Pierre McGraw, President of the New Brunswick Arts Board.
The 2015 recipients are:
Jules Boudreau – Maisonnette, NB
Lieutenant-Governor’s Award for High Achievement in Performing Arts 2015
“It is first and foremost the public who must understand and appreciate our work. A critic’s value lies primarily in serving the purpose of donors and producers: it is used to expand a curriculum. But if we don’t reach the public, we’re left screaming in the desert.”
Born in Maisonnette, New Brunswick, Jules Boudreau is the eldest of eleven children. His first glimpse into the art world came when his father bought him a Grolier youth encyclopedia. In its pages he discovered ancient Greek sculpture, the Mona Lisa, and works by Alphonse Daudet, Leconte de Lisle, Victor Hugo, and more.
As a young man, Boudreau formed his first amateur theatre group with a close friend, upon the latter’s inspired return from a trip to Montreal. “There were four of us — me, my friend, my sister, and another — to form our little troupe. Unable to find among the scripts that he gave me one that worked for us, I decided to put together a comedy; it was L’Agence Beloeil Inc., a detective comedy. I knew right away it wouldn’t be my last.”
Collaboration is an important element of Boudreau’s work; he always appreciates the work of directors, who add new dimensions to his scripts. He has collaborated often with Calixte Duguay and Marie-Cécile Albert. Despite Boudreau’s growing success, community theatre remains close to his heart.
Jules Boudreau has received a lifetime achievement award from the Prix France-Acadie jury. He continues to live and work in Maisonnette, where he holds the office of deputy mayor.
Thaddeus Holownia – Jolicure, NB
2015 Lieutenant-Governor’s Award for High Achievement in Visual Arts
“The meaning that resides in my bodies of work goes beyond visual description; they stand as a history of the play between human intervention and the landscape. The result is both an anecdote of an ordinary place and a metaphor for our relationship to place and environment. What emerges is a sense of vulnerability and the inexorable force of time.”
Born in England in 1949, Thaddeus Holownia immigrated to Canada in 1954. He grew up in a Polish home blessed with original art and a modest library of art books. His mother was a weaver and his father an engineer who made photographs and painted. Trips to galleries, museums, and locations across North America imbued Holownia with an early appreciation of architecture and the natural world. He completed a BA in Communication and Fine Arts at the University of Windsor in 1972.
A catalyst moment: the gift of a 35mm rangefinder camera from his uncle Joe Skarzenski. Encounters in Toronto in the 1970s with Canadian designer Allan Fleming, the Coach House Press, and A Space Gallery, and in New York an exhibit of contact prints by Ansel Adams at the Museum of Modern Art, were all influential in his artistic progression.
Holownia twice received the Paul Paré Medal from Mount Allison University in recognition of excellence in teaching, creative activity, research, and community service. Internationally acclaimed, Thaddeus Holownia lives in beautiful Jolicure, New Brunswick. His three life lessons: “Stay true to your ideals; don’t compromise on quality; and being a control freak is not a bad thing.”
Jacques Savoie – Edmundston, NB
2015 Lieutenant-Governor’s Award for High Achievement in French Language Literary Arts
“There’s a beautiful word in the French language, a word I put some time into really understanding: opiniâtreté — relentlessness. It’s generally associated with perseverance, but it’s much more. In writing, it’s recognizing that nothing happens quickly, and if it does, one should be wary. Beautiful writing, chiselled writing, writing that really tells a story, comes with the price of effort. By reworking one’s craft a hundred times, one earns the right to call oneself relentless and grow a little more in one’s art.”
A renowned writer, Jacques Savoie was initially introduced to the arts through music. Growing up in Edmundston, he was heavily influenced by his mother, a classically trained pianist. Savoie’s band Beausoleil-Broussard took home France’s Prix de la jeune chanson française in 1978. Having graduated with a Master of Arts in Modern Literature from the Université d’Aix-en-Provence, Savoie published his first novels in the early 1980s, the first of which, Raconte-moi Massabielle, earned him the Prix de l’association Francophone internationale and was brought to the big screen by Francis Mankiewicz, garnering several international awards.
Recently, his detective series 5 secondes has allowed him privileged access to a new audience through social media, a unique reader–author rapport that embodies the modern aspect of his work.
Jacques Savoie continues to be a multidisciplinary artist, adapting his books for film, television, and ballet. Among his accolades, he has received the Canadian Film and Television Production Association’s Indy award for best television series for Les Lavigueur, la vraie histoire; the Prize of the Ecumenical Jury at Cannes Film Festival for Les portes tournantes; and an Honorary Doctorate in Literature from the Université de Moncton.
Lieutenant-Governor’s Awards for High Achievement in the Arts
The Lieutenant-Governor’s Awards for High Achievement in the Arts is a program designed to recognize the outstanding contribution of artists to the arts in New Brunswick; to recognize and reward artists who have distinguished themselves by the excellence of their achievements and their contribution to the literary arts, performing arts (dance, music, and theatre), and visual arts (architecture, craft, media arts, photography and visual arts); and to establish standards of artistic excellence for New Brunswick residents. The Awards are in the amount of $20,000 each and a maximum of three per year may be awarded. Funding of the Lieutenant-Governor’s Awards for High Achievement in the Arts Program is provided by the Arts Development Trust Fund (lottery) and the Department of Tourism, Heritage and Culture through their Book Policy Program.