Beginning Friday, March 5th, 2021, and continuing to March 27th, visit the Kitimat Museum & Archives to view the 2021 Freda Diesing School of Northwest Coast Art Student Exhibition. 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.
At the Freda Diesing School of Northwest Coast Art, located at Coast Mountain College, students of Indigenous descent have an opportunity to learn alongside world-renowned carvers and artists, to develop design fundamentals in First Nations Northwest coast art and traditional woodcarving.
This year’s first place President’s Art Award of $2,500 goes to first-year student, Alexander Erickson (Nak’azdli and Haisla) for his acrylic painting on birch panel called The Provider, featuring his interpretation of a bumblebee.
First-year student Lucy Trimble (Nisga’a) was awarded the $1,000 second place prize for her acrylic painting on birch panel called Ganaaẃ Ganx’oots’in. The painting speaks to youth in care and includes copper paint, and intentionally incorporates copper and abalone rounds into the design.
For more information call the Kitimat Museum & Archives at 250-632-8950
About the School
Coast Mountain College in Terrace, B.C., created the Freda Diesing School of Northwest Coast Art to honour, recognize and continue the legacy of Haida artist Freda Diesing. Freda was a master carver, painter, tireless educator and champion of First Nations art and culture. The Freda Diesing School of Northwest Coast Art brings all nations together in the pursuit of higher education and sets new standards for aspiring artists. It is the only school of its kind in Canada, focusing on traditional First Nations Pacific Northwest Coast art with a view to developing fine art skills.
The School offers the First Nations Fine Arts program, instructed and mentored by world-renowned artists Dempsey Bob (Tahltan/Tlingit), Stan Bevan (Tahltan/Tlingit/Tsimshian) and Ken McNeil (Tahltan/Tlingit/Nisga’a) and Nakkita Trimble (Nisga’a) Visiting artists, dignitaries and cultural advocates enhance the learning environment with their knowledge, wisdom and experience.