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NWCC instructor wins First Nations art award

TERRACE - Stan Bevan, a full-time instructor at NWCCs Freda Diesing School of Northwest Coast Art, is among five recipients of the 2011 BC Creative Achievement Award for First Nations' Art. Presented annually by the BC Creative Achievement Foundation, the award is based on a juried competition celebrating artistic excellence in traditional, contemporary or media art. The 2011 recipients will receive $5,000 and the seal of the British Columbia Creative Achievement Award for First Nations' Art in an award ceremony on November 25, 2011 in Vancouver. Bevan is a graduate of the Kitanmaax School of Northwest Coast Indian Art and has been an instructor at NWCCs Freda Diesing School of Northwest Coast Art since it opened in the fall of 2006. For over thirty years, he has produced an impressive body of work which includes masks, poles, bowls and frontlets created in the Tsimshian and Tahltan-Tlingit style and has received significant provincial, national and international commissions. Bevan is currently in China to raise a pole carved to commemorate the victims of the May 12, 2008 earthquake. Bevan and Freda Diesing School instructor Ken McNeil worked with Freda Diesing graduates on the 16-foot tall red cedar pole that bears the crests of the grizzly bear and eagle and will be placed at a new school built with emergency relief funds in Chinas Sichuan province. Stan is an amazing artist and a fantastic instructor, said NWCC President Denise Henning. I am so proud of the work he has accomplished and that he is sharing his passion and knowledge of Northwest Coast art with our students.

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