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 creature, Morgan’s Range Light is a three dimensional life-sized print of a moment in time and space. Jurors found it “monumental and magical….a moving statement about the fragility of life…breathtaking and mysterious.”
In presenting the winner with her certificate, Brigadier-General the Honourable J.J. Grant, CMM, ONS, CD (Ret’d), Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia commented: “The very high calibre of the artistry demonstrated in “Range Light” honours our maritime heritage and our cultural traditions. It is a truly wonderful addition to the growing number of Masterworks celebrated by this award.”
All of the finalists were honoured at a reception at Government House on Thursday afternoon. The other four received awards of $3000 each: The Debacle, a theatrical vision by Susan Leblanc and Anne-Marie Kerr; The Deluxe Edition of Departures and Returns, an elegant handmade book by Sandra Brownlee, J-Class Lounge Chair and Footstool, a fresh take on an ancient design based on the continuous-arm Windsor chair by Jonathan Otter; and Dinuk Wijeratne’s Tabla Concerto (2011), the first full-length concerto for tabla and western symphony orchestra.
Images of the winner and the finalists are on this website. The Award recognizes the excellence and creation of a particular work of art or performance of art, which has made a significant impact in its public presentation, and contributed to the historical development and contemporary practice of the art form. The work must have had its first public presentation within the past five years.
The Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia Masterworks Arts Award is made possible by major funding from the Province of Nova Scotia. The Nova Scotia Masterworks Awards Foundation also gratefully acknowledges the
support of The Craig Foundation, Scotiabank, and Stewart McKelvey.