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.
“In spite of the difficulties that the Arts Board faces this year, we are happy and proud to be able to present these prestigious awards to two very deserving New Brunswick artists: the poet M. Travis Lane and the visual artist Suzanne Hill. Both have an uncanny ability to stimulate reflection and introspection regarding the world that we inhabit, inviting us to look at it from new and unusual perspectives. Congratulations to this year’s winners!” noted Joss Richer, Interim 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 and English-language literary arts with a value of $20,000 each.
The 2016 recipients are:
Travis Lane – Fredericton, NB
2016 Lieutenant-Governor’s Award for High Achievement in English Literary Arts
Travis Lane’s poetry has always been diverse, resisting the critics’ need for tidiness. Though her concerns are often feminist, environmental, civic, and political, her poetry transcends such labels. She shifts easily from lyric to monologue to epigram to song to riddle, drawing inspiration equally from the natural world and the world of art and imagination – but she does write, almost always, as if she were addressing the reader, not muttering to herself. Inquisitive, musical, humane, her voice is instantly recognizable once heard. Well recognized, she has received numerous awards, including the Atlantic Poetry Prize, the Bliss Carman Award, and the Pat Lowther Memorial Award.
Suzanne Hill – Rothesay, NB
2016 Lieutenant-Governor’s Award for High Achievement in Visual Arts
A recipient of the Strathbutler Award, and many other grants and awards, Suzanne Hill’s intellectual and lyrical paintings tirelessly explore where we are and how this affects us. As her exhibition titles – Weir, Lost Horizons, High Water Mark – suggest, the NB landscape is often a metaphor for the philosophical inquiry that results in her large-scale canvases and installations. An articulate interpreter of life, of the human condition, Hill’s work has been exhibited regionally, nationally, and internationally (Mexico, Germany, USA) for over 30 years. Widely reviewed, her work has been acquired by numerous collectors and institutions, including The Canadian War Museum, The Canada Council Art Bank, and the Department of External Affairs.
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.