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In search of local Aboriginal artwork

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DAWSON CREEK – A special juried art exhibit project will provide the opportunity for Northern Lights College to add a piece of artwork created by a local Aboriginal artist to the College’s collection.

The art exhibit project proposal was submitted to the NLC Foundation by Jaclyn Hodgson, NLC’s Aboriginal Relations and Services Coordinator. For this project idea, Hodgson was named the recipient of the William and Mary Wanka Art Promotion Award. The NLC Foundation oversees awards and bursaries at NLC, and the Wanka award is intended to create a project that promotes art at or through the College.

“The goal of the project is to ensure local Aboriginal artwork is represented at NLC,” said Hodgson. “The presence of local artwork will enhance the welcoming atmosphere at NLC, and provide encouragement for students who may be interested in developing their artistic abilities.”

To participate in the art exhibit project, all Aboriginal artists currently residing in the Peace Region (British Columbia or Alberta) and the Northern Rockies Regional Municipality are welcome to apply. Each artist may submit up to five pieces. All submissions must have been created within the past five years. A committee of local artists and NLC staff members will conduct the adjudication. The selected piece of artwork will be displayed at the Dawson Creek Campus.

For more information or an application form, contact Hodgson at 250-782-5251, toll free at 1-866-463-6652 or by email at Deadline for submissions is Thursday, April 17.

An open house is scheduled at the Dawson Creek Campus on Friday, April 25, where the participating artists will be able to display their work to the public.