Nicholas Galanin, the 2012/13 Audain Professor in Contemporary Arts of the Pacific Northwest at the University of Victoria, has received a $50,000 Rasmuson Fellowship from United States Artists, a non-profit organization aimed at investing in “America’s finest artists.”
Galanin’s fellowship was in the Crafts and Traditional Arts category.
Galanin is a Tlingit/Aleut artist from Sitka, Alaska, and he describes his practice as “contemporary multimedia work that transcends the familiar, time-honored iconography of Tlingit and Northwest Coast art.”
His work was featured in the Vancouver Art Gallery’s recent survey of artists who connect Aboriginal identity and urban youth culture, titled “Beat Nation.” A touring version of the show will open at Toronto’s Power Plant on December 15.
Galanin’s work was also featured in group shows at Vancouver’s Grunt Gallery and Bill Reid Gallery over the past year, while Trench Contemporary Art (his Vancouver dealer) recently wrapped a solo show titled “I LOOOOOVE YOUR CULTURE.” His work was also in Montreal gallery Art Mûr’s “A Stake in the Ground,” curated by Nadia Myre, in January.
According to a release from Trench, Galanin plans to buy a house or build a studio with the funds.
October 18 from 6 to 9 p.m.: Opening for “Nicholas Galanin: I Looooove Your Culture” at Trench Contemporary Art, 148 Alexander Street, Vancouver Tlingit artist Nicholas Galanin is known for sharp reworkings and inversions of cultural artifacts; for his Indian Petroglyph series, he carved the Cleveland Indians logo into rocks and New York City sidewalks, and for his Raven and the First Immigrant, he commissioned a to-scale redo of Bill Reid’s Raven and the First Men. Currently, he’s a visiting professor at the University of Victoria and this is his second solo show at Trench. Also notably opening in Vancouver this week is “Duane Linklater: Beothuk Building” at Or Gallery, in which the Ontario-based Cree artist addresses findings from a visit to Newfoundland.