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Five Finalists Announced for 2014 Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia Masterworks Arts Award

Posted on Jun 23, 2014 | Comments Off

Halifax, Nova Scotia – The jury for the $25,000 Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia Masterworks Arts Award has selected five works as the finalists for the 2014 prize. Creators of the five short listed works will receive $3,000 at a reception at Government House. The winner will be announced at the Creative Nova Scotia Gala in late October and will receive an additional $22,000. The public will have an opportunity to hear the creators of this year’s short-listed works talk about their works at an event in September. Details of date and location will be announced at a later time. The finalists for 2014 are: ‘I am in need of music,’ the Elizabeth Bishop Centenary legacy...

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BEYOND THE TERMINATING VISTA (REBUILD) WINS LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR OF NOVA SCOTIA MASTERWORKS ARTS AWARD

Posted on Oct 26, 2013 | Comments Off

Halifax, N.S. – The ambitious sculpture, Beyond the Terminating Vista (Rebuild), by artist Steve Higgins, won the $25,000 Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia Masterworks Arts Award last night (Oct. 25). The award was presented at the Creative Nova Scotia Awards Gala, Original Species (Art. Official. Selection.), in Halifax. The winner was chosen by an arms-length jury of five artists: Co-chairs Charlie Rhindress (theatre) Halifax, and Veronique Mackenzie (dance) Halifax, along with Glynis Humphrey (visual arts), Halifax, John Brett (film/media,) Halifax, and Laurie Dalton (visual arts), Wolfville. The Masterwork was produced entirely from building lumber and...

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Three Finalists Announced Today for the 2013 Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia Masterworks Arts Award

Posted on Sep 20, 2013 | Comments Off

Halifax, Nova Scotia – In a departure from previous years, the jury for the $25,000 Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia Masterworks Arts Award has identified three works as finalists for the 2013 prize. In announcing the finalists, Susan Letson, Chair of the Nova Scotia Masterworks Awards Foundation, said that creators of the three short listed works will receive $3000 at a reception at Government House on Oct. 24.  The winner will be announced at the Creative Nova Scotia Gala on Oct. 25 and will receive an additional $22,000. The Foundation and NSCAD University co-presented a panel discussion on “Breaking Ground in the Arts” today at NSCAD University’s Institute of...

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2013 Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia Masterworks Award Finalists to be Announced at Special Event September 20

Posted on Sep 4, 2013 | Comments Off

Halifax, Nova Scotia – Susan Letson, Chair of the Nova Scotia Masterworks Awards Foundation, announced today that this year’s finalists for the $25,000 Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia’s Masterworks Award will be named at NSCAD University on Sept. 20. The Foundation is hosting a panel discussion on Breaking Ground in the Arts at NSCAD University’s Institute of Applied Creativity, 1061 Marginal Road, Halifax, on Friday, Sept. 20, at noon. The creators of this year’s finalists will make up the panel. Kim Morgan, whose three-dimensional life-size model Range Light Borden-Carleton PEI won the Award for 2102, will moderate the discussion. Artists, cultural workers and the...

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Nominations Open for Nova Scotia’s Premier Arts Prize Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia Masterworks Arts Award

Posted on Feb 10, 2013 | Comments Off

Halifax, N.S. – Nominations are now open for the 2013 Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia Masterworks Arts Award.  Now in its eighth year, at $25,000 it is the largest cultural award offered by the Province of Nova Scotia.  In addition, a further $3,000 is presented to up to four finalists, bringing the total to a possible $37,000 awarded annually for contemporary art which has had its first public presentation within the previous five years. Encouraging artists of all disciplines to consider a nomination, Brigadier General the Honourable J.J. Grant, CMM, ONS, CD (Ret’d), Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia said “Artists celebrate life and challenge us to...

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Range Light, Borden Carleton, PEI 2010 Wins Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia Masterworks Arts Award

Posted on Oct 27, 2012 | Comments Off

Halifax, N.S. – Kim Morgan’s life-size model of the range light at Borden-Carleton was named winner of the $25,000 Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia Masterworks Arts Award at the Creative Nova Scotia Awards Celebration last night (Oct. 26) in Halifax. The winner was selected by an arms-length jury of five artists: Jury Chair Frances Dorsey (visual arts/crafts), Halifax; Alexina Louie (music/composition), Toronto; Ray Mackie (visual arts/crafts), Annapolis Royal; Kent Stetson (theatre arts, writing), Montreal; and Marty Williams (film), Halifax. Molded in liquid latex from an actual navigation beacon, and illuminated from within so that it glows like a giant sea...

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Meet this year’s finalists for the Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia Masterworks Arts Award

Posted on Sep 21, 2012 | Comments Off

To our Friends and Members of the Media and Nova Scotia’s arts communities, We recently announced five finalists for this year’s $25,000. prize. These exceptional artists will be featured in a panel discussion, moderated by last year’s Masterworks winner David Clark. This year’s finalists include works in theatre, craft, visual art and musical performance. You are invited to join us for what promises to be an enlightening debate on the theme of “What does it take to create a masterwork?” Media will have an opportunity to meet personally with the finalists directly after the discussion. This event is presented in partnership by the...

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Finalists Announced Today for 2012 Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia Arts Award Will Participate in Panel Discussion at NSCAD

Posted on Sep 10, 2012 | Comments Off

Halifax, Nova Scotia – Susan Letson, Chair of the Nova Scotia Masterworks Awards Foundation today named the five finalists for the $25,000 Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia Masterworks Award.  She also announced that the finalists will participate in a panel discussion at NSCAD on Friday, September 28 as part of “Culture Days” celebrations. Artists, cultural industry workers and the general public are invited to attend.  David Clark, winner of the 2011 award, will moderate.  He says:  “It would be interesting to see how the work … suggested itself to the artist and the kinds of surprises and changes that took place as the artist worked on the piece. I think these are...

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Last day to submit nominations – June 1st, 2012

Posted on Jun 1, 2012 | Comments Off

This is the Last Day to submit your nomination for this year’s Masterworks Award! Nominations must be either postmarked with today’s date or dropped off here, at 1657 Barrington st. (The Roy Building), suite 522, before 5:00.

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Digital Web Work Wins Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia Arts Award

Posted on Oct 29, 2011 | Comments Off

Embargoed to Oct. 29, 2011, 12:01 a.m. Halifax, N.S. – David Clark’s 88 Constellations for Wittgenstein (to be played with the left hand) captured the $25,000 Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia Arts Award at a gala dinner in Halifax’s Cunard Centre last night (Oct. 28). The winner was selected by an arms-length jury of five: Lorraine Field (photography/ceramics), Halifax, jury chair, and herself a finalist for the award in 2007. Norman Adams (music/performance), Halifax, Michelle Jacques (visual and media arts), Toronto, Amanda Dawn Christie (interdisciplinary) Moncton, and John Walker (film) Halifax, completed the jury. This is the first time a web-based work has won...

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Finalists Announced in Competition for Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia Arts Award

Posted on Sep 26, 2011 | 0 comments

September 26, 2011 – Halifax, Nova Scotia – Ron Bourgeois, Chair of the Nova Scotia Masterworks Awards Foundation announced today the five finalists in contention for the $25,000 Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia Masterworks Award. The prize will be presented at the Creative Nova Scotia Awards Gala on Friday, Oct. 28, at the Cunard Centre in Halifax. The five finalists in competition this year represent three different fields: media and recording arts (2), visual arts (2), and design arts (1). Five Canadian artists formed a multidisciplinary jury working at arms-length from the Foundation to select the winning works. This year, four of the finalists will receive...

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Lieutenant Governor’s Arts Awards Increased. Nominations Now Open.

Posted on Feb 15, 2011 | Comments Off

Halifax, N.S. – Ronald Bourgeois, Chair of The Nova Scotia Masterworks Awards Foundation, announced today that the total value of prizes for The Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia’s Masterworks Arts Award is increased to $37,000 for 2011. Finalists will each receive $3000 with the winner being awarded $25,000. Nominations are now open. Acknowledging the call for nominations, Her Honour, the Honourable Mayann E. Francis, O.N.S., said “During my tenure and travels in the past five years, I have seen and experienced the incredible talent of Nova Scotians. Art enriches people’s lives across this province and country, but its strength goes beyond just economics...

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Acadian Bestsellers Capture Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia Arts Award

Posted on Oct 30, 2010 | Comments Off

Halifax, N.S. – Georgette Leblanc’s poetic works Alma and Amédé received the $25,000 Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia Arts Award at a gala dinner in Halifax’s Pier 21 last night (Oct. 29). The winner was selected by an arms-length jury of five, chaired by Ingrid Jenkner, Director of Mount Saint Vincent University Art Gallery. Toronto-based dramaturge/writer/performer Jacob Zimmer, conductor/composer/musicologist Walter Kemp, locative media/visual artist Léola Leblanc (no relation to the winner), and poet/playwright/filmmaker Herménégilde Chiasson (himself the former Lieutenant Governor of New Brunswick) completed the jury. In announcing the winner, Her Honour the...

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Five Works Vie for $25,000 Masterworks Arts Prize

Posted on Sep 9, 2010 | Comments Off

Halifax, Nova Scotia – The chair of the Nova Scotia Masterworks Arts Awards Foundation, Ron Bourgeois, announced today that poetry, sculpture, painting, music and theatre submissions comprise the final shortlist for the 2010 Lieutenant Governor’s Arts Award to be presented at the Creative Nova Scotia Conference in Halifax on October 29. The award celebrates outstanding contemporary art; finalists were selected by a multidisciplinary jury of five Canadian artists working at arm’s length from the Foundation. The winner will receive $25,000, with the other four finalists each receiving $2000. “This award not only serves as an opportunity to showcase the talent of...

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Celebrate, Participate, Nominate for 2010

Posted on Apr 12, 2010 | Comments Off

An outdoor children’s theatre designed to withstand the winds of northern Cape Breton, a unique multimedia presentation, a book of poetry that fired the imaginations of readers across the country, a unique wood carving that required the creator to first build the mechanism on which to create it; they have all won the Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia’s Masterworks Arts Award. Nominations are now open for the 2010 competition. Ronald Bourgeois, Chair of the Nova Scotia Masterworks Awards Foundation, which administers the prize, encouraged all supporters of contemporary art, in all its forms, to nominate a work. He said “At $25,000 for the winner and $2000 for each of...

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Sculpture Awarded Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia Arts Award

Posted on Oct 25, 2009 | Comments Off

Halifax artist John Macnab’s wooden sculpture, CSDC 3-8, received the $25,000 Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia’s Arts Award at a gala dinner marking the close of the Creative Nova Scotia Conference in Tusket on Saturday night (Oct. 24). Created from red spruce, the 25 foot long double spiral sculpture, full name “Compound Spiral Double Cone, No. 3, 8 Sided”, was selected by an arms-length jury of five chaired by filmmaker Sylvia Hamilton. Musician Dinuk Wijeratne, artists Suzanne Swannie and David Devinney, and artistic director Ken Schwartz completed the jury. In selecting CSDC 3-8, the jury noted that “Macnab combined his wood-turning background and...

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Five Finalists Announced for Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia Masterworks Arts Award

Posted on Sep 23, 2009 | Comments Off

Ron Bourgeois, Chair of the Nova Scotia Masterworks Awards Foundation announced today the short list of five finalists for the prestigious $25,000 Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia Masterworks Arts Award which celebrates outstanding contemporary art in all its forms. The finalists were selected by an arms-length jury of artists from across Nova Scotia. In making the announcement, Bourgeois noted: “2009 represents the 4th edition of the Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia’s Masterworks Arts Awards. In these four years the Award has celebrated the creative excellence of some 20 artists and contributed over $100, 000 towards artistic expression in this province. We...

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The Nova Scotia Masterworks Awards Foundation is pleased to call for nominations for the fourth Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia Arts Award

Posted on May 13, 2009 | Comments Off

The Nova Scotia Masterworks Awards Foundation is pleased to call for nominations for the fourth Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia Arts Award. As before, the award is unique in acknowledging a work of art, not a particular artist or body of work. To be eligible, nominations must be postmarked on or before June 30, 2009. All works of art or performances of art with a strong connection to Nova Scotia, having their first public presentation no more than five years prior to the above closing date, are eligible. Ronald Bourgeois, Chair of the Nova Scotia Masterworks Awards Foundation, noted that “this is a significant prize. Last year, in addition to the $25,000...

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Collection of Poetry Wins 2008 Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia Masterworks Arts Award

Posted on Nov 25, 2008 | Comments Off

All our Wonder Unavenged, a collection of poetry by Cape Breton native Don Domanski, has won the $25,000 Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia Masterworks Arts Award. The Nova Scotia Masterworks Awards Foundation announced the winner at a reception this afternoon in Halifax at NSCAD University, Port Campus. Jurors for the 2008 award were: Susan Gibson Garvey (Chair), Canning; Wendy Lill, Dartmouth; Gary Ewer, Halifax; Cory Bowles, Halifax; Marc Poirier, Pointe de l’Eglise; and Sylvia Hamilton, Grand Pre. In selecting All our Wonder Unavenged, the jury noted it “represents the mature accomplishment of a poet with a unique, finely honed voice. Cape Breton native Don...

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Finalists Announced for $25,000 Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia Masterworks Arts Award

Posted on Oct 9, 2008 | Comments Off

The Nova Scotia Masterworks Awards Foundation is pleased to announce the short list for the 2008 Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia Masterworks Arts Award. The Award celebrates outstanding works of contemporary art that inspire and promote the development of artistic endeavour in Nova Scotia. In keeping with the multidisciplinary nature of the award, the finalists this year are from four categories: literature, visual arts, music and theatre. The finalists are: All Our Wonder Unavenged, a collection of poetry by Don Domanski; The Colours of Citizen Arar, visual art by Garry Neill Kennedy; God’s Middle Name, a theatre production developed by Jennifer Overton, Scott...

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Nominations Open for Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia’s Masterworks Arts Awards

Posted on May 15, 2008 | Comments Off

The Nova Scotia Masterworks Awards Foundation invites nominations for the 2008 Lieutenant Governor’s Arts Award. All forms of contemporary arts and cultural activity, with a strong connection to Nova Scotia, are eligible. In noting the call for nominations, Her Honour the Honourable Mayann E. Francis, O.N.S. said “The award showcases art that informs, entertains and challenges. All the things great art should do and must do.” Ronald Bourgeois, Chair of the Foundation, noted that at $25,000, the prize ranks with top Canadian cultural awards, having the same monetary value as the Governor General’s Arts Awards. He went on to say: “I am...

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