Fredericton jeweler, Indigenous art curator among winners of Governor General’s Awards for Visual Media


The jeweler Brigitte Clavette in her workshop in an undated photo.Jérôme Luc Paulin/Canada Council for the Arts

Brigitte Clavette, a jeweler from Fredericton, and Gerald McMaster, an Aboriginal arts curator and writer from Toronto, are among the nine recipients of the Governor General’s Awards in Visual Media and Fine Arts.

The Canada Council for the Arts says Clavette won the Saidye Bronfman Award, which is given to an outstanding fine craft artist. The Canadian Museum of History, as tradition dictates, will acquire one of his pieces.

Clavette was praised for her “particularly innovative and memorable” work while “advocating for others to succeed”.

McMaster won the Outstanding Contribution award, in part for curating “exhibitions that have played a pivotal role in changing opportunities for Indigenous artists” and for his “essential role in transforming how institutional collections are presented.” native art”.

Clavette, McMaster and seven Lifetime Achievement Award winners each receive $25,000 and a special-edition bronze medallion.

Artistic achievement winners include visual artists Moyra Frances Davey of New York; Pierre Bourgault of Saint-Jean-Port-Joli, Quebec; and Monique Régimbald-Zeiber of Montreal.

Also honoured: artist Jocelyn Robert from Quebec; sculptor/artist David Ruben Piqtoukun of Plainfield, Ont.; and a joint award for visual artists Carole Condé and Karl Beveridge from Toronto.

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