2017 Lieutenant-Governor's Award for High Achievement in Visual Arts
Nominated by Terry Graff
Since 1970, Peter Powning has lived and worked as an artist in the hills of southern New Brunswick. While Powning’s award-winning work is shown internationally, it is imbued with qualities distilled from a life lived close to the silence, space and seasonal rhythms of his home and of the fields, forests and shorelines of Canada’s east coast. Known as an inveterate experimenter and risk-taker, he works in a wide range of media, often combining glass, cast bronze, stone, ceramics and steel. In addition, he produces large photographic prints of ephemeral works and is engaged in large public commissions. Powning has been awarded the Governor General’s Bronfman Award as well as an honorary doctorate from the University of New Brunswick.
2017 Lieutenant-Governor's Award for High Achievement in Performing Arts
Nominated by Dean Turner
Stephen Tobias is a theatre artist, cultural promoter and arts policy advisor who has spent the bulk of his career in Saint John. A graduate of the Conservatory Acting Program at Dalhousie University, Stephen co-founded the Saint John Theatre Company in 1990 in order to provide opportunities for local theatre practitioners. Stephen has led the company as a board member, director, actor and fund-raiser in order to grow the company into a major force in provincial theatre production. Recent accomplishments include a $1.8 million capital campaign, the establishment of New Brunswick’s first Fringe Festival, creative collaborations of new works of the theatre, and an international tour of a Saint John Theatre Company production to Konstanz, Germany.
2017 Lieutenant-Governor's Award for High Achievement in French Language Literary Arts
Nominated by John Leroux
Born in Edmundston, Robert Pichette is the author of more than twenty books addressing the history of Acadie and New Brunswick. His texts are characterized by their rigor in both subject matter research and mastery of the French language. A model of the classical humanist, he was the Deputy Minister of Premier Louis J. Robichaud and the first Director of New Brunswick's Ministry of Cultural Affairs. He co-authored the New Brunswick Official Languages Act and created the flag of the province. Pichette was awarded a doctorate of literature honoris causa by Université Sainte-Anne (Nova Scotia) and a doctorate honoris causa in Public Administration by the Université de Moncton. The France-Acadie Association awarded him the literary award "Prix France –Acadie." He is an Officer of the National Order of Merit and of the Legion of Honour (France), Knight of the Order of the French Academic Palms, Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Fellow of the Royal Canadian Heraldry Society of which he was a founding member and former President, Honorary Colonel of the Louisiana State Guard, and has been a member of the Order of New Brunswick since 2006.