Nicholas Galanin, the 2012/13 Audain Professor in Contemporary Arts of the Pacific Northwest at the University of Victoria, has received a $50,000 Rasmuson Fellowship from United States Artists, a non-profit organization aimed at investing in “America’s finest artists.”
Galanin’s fellowship was in the Crafts and Traditional Arts category.
Galanin is a Tlingit/Aleut artist from Sitka, Alaska, and he describes his practice as “contemporary multimedia work that transcends the familiar, time-honored iconography of Tlingit and Northwest Coast art.”
His work was featured in the Vancouver Art Gallery’s recent survey of artists who connect Aboriginal identity and urban youth culture, titled “Beat Nation.” A touring version of the show will open at Toronto’s Power Plant on December 15.
Galanin’s work was also featured in group shows at Vancouver’s Grunt Gallery and Bill Reid Gallery over the past year, while Trench Contemporary Art (his Vancouver dealer) recently wrapped a solo show titled “I LOOOOOVE YOUR CULTURE.” His work was also in Montreal gallery Art Mûr’s “A Stake in the Ground,” curated by Nadia Myre, in January.
According to a release from Trench, Galanin plans to buy a house or build a studio with the funds.