The 2021 Freda Diesing School of Northwest Coast Art Student Exhibition runs from March 5th to 27th, 2021 at the Kitimat Museum & Archives. Pieces by talented first and second-year students will be on display, and will be available to purchase. Come see first-hand the skill of these hardworking emerging artists.
The Upstairs Gallery is wheelchair accessible.
Covid-19: Gallery capacity is limited to 3 people and masks are required upon entry to the building. Learn more about the COVID-19 policies the Museum has in place.
About the School
The Freda Diesing School of Northwest Coast Art was created by founding Instructors Dempsey Bob, Stan Bevan, and Ken McNeil in 2006 in partnership with Coast Mountain College. The campus is located on the unceded territory of the Ts'msyen Nation and is open to all Nations. The program is unique and is the only art school of its kind in all of Canada. The program is committed to the revival of traditional Northwest Coast Art, Culture, Language, and Art History. Within the program students learn drawing, design, painting, and carving traditional Northwest Coast Art. These art skills are utilized and developed in Professional Development which gears students to exhibitions in the North with the opportunity of exhibiting in Vancouver at the years end. The program opens many opportunities for serious artists and exposes students to other potential careers related to art and culture. The legacy of the program is currently being carried on by alumni instructors Nathan Wilson, Nakkita Trimble, Arlene Ness, and Stephanie Anderson.
Source: Freda Diesing School of Northwest Coast Art
Presidents Choice Award Winner
Artist: Alexander Erickson
Alexander Erickson is 36 years old. He was born in Terrace, BC. He was raised both in Vancouver and Terrace. He is Dakelh and Haisla. His Maternal side is from Nak'azdli, and his Paternal side is from Haisla. He lives and works with Coast Salish Territory known as KwiKwitlum (Coquitlam). He has been an artist since he was a small boy. He became interested in Northwest Coast Design when he lived in Victoria at the age of 18. He finds inspiration in his connection to the land. He is a self-taught artist with only brief lessons/advice from other artists, which has led him to the Freda Diesing School of Northwest Coast Fine Art. If given one choice of medium, he would prefer to carve. As an artist, he believes he has a responsibility to tell the stories that which are affecting or happening with the people. Currently under his studies, his focus is to strengthen his form line. His pieces depict stories from his Haisla roots, as well the connection we all share with the animal world.
"The Bumblebee, such an important creature to all living things. I have always had a fascination with ‘Bugs’. I chose the bumblebee because I had one come to me in a ceremony.
I decided to do a larger version to show how really important it is. It truly shows what an impact it has on all our relations, plants, trees, people and the animals. In the center ovoid, is the human, one that has forgotten the importance of the bee. In the Abdomen, is an eye, to show our ancestors who are always watching us. Finally, the wings show, what I see, as the Pollen Spirits."
Artist: Lucy Trimble
Lucy Trimble is Nisga'a from Gingolx, or Kincolith. She grew up in Prince Rupert and is currently completing the first year of the Freda Diesing Program. Her traditional name is Hlgu Maksguum Ganaaw. Lucy belongs to the Frog Clan is from Wilp Axdii Will Luugooda. Lucy is currently in her first year at the Freda Diesing School of Northwest Coast Art.
"When I look at myself through the lens of my clan I see a reflection of my ancestors, and the youth living today. Copper is a symbol of wealth, and abalone represents protection when placed in the eyes. It is the youths responsibility to protect the wealth of our culture.
Our young people in care need to connect to their culture with pride to see themselves reflected in the world around them. I want the youth to know who they are so that they can shape their future and place themselves within the contemporary world."