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Nova Scotia Masterworks Awards Foundation Promotional Video

Established by the Honourable Myra Freeman in 2005, the Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia Masterworks Arts Award recognizes excellence in all creative media and highlights works that have a strong connection to Nova Scotia in the context of national and international achievement.

The Masterworks Arts Award is the largest cultural award based in Nova Scotia, with up to $37,000 awarded annually. The Creators of up to five Finalist works receive $3,000, and the Creator(s) of one Winning work receive an additional $22,000, for a total of $25,000.

The Award is managed by the Nova Scotia Masterworks Awards Foundation.

Board of Directors

Executive

Ms. Gay Hauser, President Email Gay Hauser

Gay Hauser has worked as an actor, director, designer and general manager administrator in non-profit arts sector for 35 years. Currently a consultant for Strategic Arts Management, Gay has worked as the general manager of Live Art Dance Productions and as a founding member of Eastern Front Theatre and Mulgrave Road Theatre Co. Gay continues to perform annually in Symphony Nova Scotia’s The Nutcracker and currently serves as the managing producer of the annual event.

Gay has experience in theatre and dance presenting general management including audience development, board development, strategic planning, production budgeting, global budgeting, and multi-year budgeting, financial reporting, audit preparation, bookkeeping, grant writing, CTA contracting, payroll, including T4 and T4A preparation, charitable tax returns, sponsorship relations, special event coordination, donor relations, volunteer relations, customer relations and box office management.

Mr. Ted Fraser, Vice-President / Treasurer Email Ted Fraser

Ms. Carolle Fernando, Secretary Email Carolle Fernando

Carolle Fernando is an associate lawyer with McInnes Cooper in Halifax, specialising in tax law. After admission to the Bar in 2003, and commencing her legal career, she pursued her passion as a professional dancer with Mocean Dance, a company she co-founded in 2003. She has much hands-on experience in arts management and continues to act as Artistic Advisor to Mocean Dance. Carolle has returned to her other passion – law – and is a member of the Canadian Tax Foundation, the Canadian Bar Association, and the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society.

Directors

Mr. Norman Adams Email Norman Adams

Norman Adams is Principal Cellist of Symphony Nova Scotia, and the Artistic Director of suddenlyLISTEN music. A student of Hans Jørgen Jensen, Bernard Greenhouse, and American new music pioneer Pauline Oliveros, Norman has been a soloist with Symphony Nova Scotia and Les Jeunes Virtuoses de Montréal. He has been guest principal cellist of the National Arts Centre Orchestra, and has performed chamber, and improvised music throughout Canada, the US, France, and the UK. His performances have also been heard across the country on CBC Radio. As an educator, Norman has been a faculty member at Acadia University, at Scotia Festival of Music, and the Acadia Summer Strings Festival. In 2010 Norman was awarded an Established Artist Award by the Nova Scotia Arts and Culture Partnership Council, for his varied work. In addition to his work as a classical cellist, Norman is well known as an improviser and electronic musician, playing free and creative music in North America and Europe. Norman has collaborated with many leading artists including Joëlle Léandre, Gerry Hemingway, Eddie Prévost, Pauline Oliveros, Buck 65, Jerry Granelli, Marilyn Crispell and Evan Parker. Since 2000 Norman has been the Artistic Director and Producer of suddenlyLISTEN Music, an organization that both presents an annual series of concerts of improvised music, featuring a broad range of local, Canadian and international artists; and produces a wide range of other performance projects. He is also dedicated to sharing music with all people, co-leading the bi-weekly suddenlyLISTEN Improvisation Workshop for the past nine seasons.

Ms. Alice Burdick

Alice Burdick is a Mahone Bay-based poet and co-owner of Lexicon Books in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia. She was born and grew up in Toronto, and has been involved in the small press community since 1990. Alice is the author of the full-length poetry collections Simple Master (Pedlar Press), Flutter (Mansfield Press) and Holler (Mansfield Press), and most recently Book of Short Sentences (Mansfield Press,) as well as many chapbooks. Her poetry has appeared in several anthologies, including Surreal Estate: 13 Canadian Poets Under the Influence (The Mercury Press, 2004). Her work has been included in many magazines, nationally and internationally, online and print.

Ms. Laurie Dalton

Dr. Laurie Dalton is Director/Curator of the Acadia University Art Gallery and Adjunct Professor, Dept. of History and Classics, Acadia University.  She brings over 15 years of multi-faceted museum and gallery experience, which includes a successful track record in curating, public programming, collections stewardship, and fiscal planning. This has been further supplemented by over 10 years of academic research and teaching in art history, museums and cultural studies.

She holds a Masters from Queen’s University, and a PhD from Carleton University. Her research is cross-disciplinary with a focus on museums, displays and audience within transnational frameworks.  A core interest for Laurie is the importance of cross-disciplinary initiatives and the central role that the arts can play in this process. She has led research teams and collaborated on projects that champion the transformative role of arts and the importance of interdisciplinary dialogue.

She is active in promoting the importance of the arts in Nova Scotian communities and currently serves on the Art in Public Spaces committee for the town of Wolfville and is a council member of the Creative Nova Scotia Leadership Council, which is a group that works to  provide advice and leadership to government through the Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage.

Ms. D’Arcy Dennehy Email D'Arcy Dennehy

D’Arcy is a native of Winnipeg, Manitoba. She has made her home Halifax for over 35 years and raised three very creative children here, one being a recipient of Nova Scotia Talent Trust Awards.

D’Arcy is a commercial Interior Designer and registered member of the Interior Designers of Nova Scotia. Her career has covered both the private and public sectors. She has run her own design practice, worked within Public Works and Government Services Canada, Halifax Regional Municipality and, most recently, with Fowler Bauld & Mitchell Architecture and Interiors, architects of record for the New Central Library. She is a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design)-certified professional, a Project Management Professional, and member of PMI (Project Management Institute).

D’Arcy has served the boards of several arts related organizations, including the YMCA, NSCAD, Neptune Theatre, Symphony Nova Scotia, and the Nova Scotia Centre for Craft and Design, particularly in the area of events planning. She is keen to support any initiative that promotes and celebrates the vitality and value that art makers bring to our community.

Ms. Ingrid Jenkner Email Ingrid Jenkner

Ingrid Jenkner (B.A. Toronto; M.A. London (Courtauld Institute) has been Director/Curator of Mount Saint Vincent University Art Gallery, Halifax, since 1994.   She was previously Curator at Dunlop Art Gallery, Regina and at Macdonald Stewart Art Centre, Guelph.  In addition to her curatorial appointments, Jenkner has taught art history and theory at the universities of Guelph and Regina. She currently teaches Cultural Studies at Mount Saint Vincent University, and frequently serves on peer assessment committees of the Canada Council for the Arts and Nova Scotia Communities, Culture and Heritage. Prior to her appointment to the Masterworks Foundation Board, Ms. Jenkner has had the honour of nominating a Masterworks Arts Award winner, Breathing Under Water by Glynis Humphrey, and a Masterworks finalist, See Below by Susan Feindel.

Honourary Board Members

Mr. Wayne Boucher, RCA, Visual Artist

Mr. Ronald Bourgeois, Acadian Performing Artist/Television Producer/Arts Advocate

Ms. Judith Campbell, Public Relations and Promotions Consultant

Mrs. Joan Craig, CM, Craig Foundation Trustee, Autism Nova Scotia Founder

The Honourable Myra A. Freeman, CM, ONS,MSM, Former Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia

Mr. Robert E. Geraghty

Mr. Timothy C. Matthews, QC., lawyer

Mr. Gregory Silver, B.Des.,CGD,FGDC, Design Consultant, St. Peter’s, Cape Breton

Past Board Members

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