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News / December 5, 2012

UVic Art Professor Nicholas Galanin Wins $50,000 USA Fellowship

Nicholas Galanin's wolf sculpture <em>Inert</em> (at right) along with works by Edgar Heap of Birds and Tania Willard at Art Mûr's "A Stake in the Ground" / photo Guy L'Heureux Nicholas Galanin's wolf sculpture Inert (at right) along with works by Edgar Heap of Birds and Tania Willard at Art Mûr's "A Stake in the Ground" / photo Guy L'Heureux

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.

 

Leah Sandals

Leah Sandals is news and special sections editor at Canadian Art. She has also written for the Toronto Star, National Post and Globe and Mail, among other publications. She welcomes tips, corrections and comments anytime at leah@canadianart.ca.