Tuesday, November 8, 2011
Artist Shirley Bear Recipient of The Order of Canada
Announced today, Shirley Bear is one of 50 new recipients of the Order of Canada. Her educational, artistic, and activist work has been instrumental in progressive arts circles in the country, so this is well-deserved and a long time coming.
Shirley Bear is an artist, writer and First Nation elder. Born on the Tobique First Nation, she has exhibited extensively in solo and group exhibitions throughout Canada, the United States and in Europe.
She has curated numerous exhibitions related to First Nations issues and was the recipient of the Excellence in the Arts Award from the New Brunswick Arts Board in 2002.
While living in British Columbia for 10 years, she served as cultural advisor to the British Columbia Institute of Technology, First Nations education advisor at Emily Carr Institute of Art & Design and resident elder for First Nations House of Learning at the University of British Columbia.
The picture and above text was extracted from the Centre for Innovation and Culture in the Arts in Canada. To read the above on their website and to see Shirley's bio, at Thomson Rivers University, please click here.
Photo by Chris Wattie/Reuters News, extracted from ca.news/yahoo.com. Please click here.
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