The province of Nova Scotia recently honoured faculty members Drew Klassen and Rose Adams, BFA’ 82, MFA ’86, and artist Cathy Busby, BFA ’84 with Established Artist Recognition Awards
, each valued at $5,000. The awards were announced at the recent Creative Nova Scotia Awards Gala.
Every year, the Established Artist Recognition Awards
recognize five artists who have emerged from their initial training and development to become recognized, established artists in Nova Scotia. The awards are intended to help showcase the recipients’ work to residents of the province and beyond as a means of encouraging artistic and economic well-being for the recipients and contributing to the health of Nova Scotia’s artistic sector:
• Artist, poet, educator and advocate Rose Adams
of Halifax was chosen because of her relentless pursuit of excellence, including her contributions as artist-in-residence at the Queen Elizabeth II Health Sciences Centre’s memory disability clinic;
• Artist Cathy Busby
of Halifax is renowned for her representational pieces, featured in collections across Canada and around the world;
• Painter and educator Drew Klassen
of Halifax, whose work is prized for its depiction of landscapes, has taught drawing at Dalhousie University's school of architecture and painting here at NSCAD;
• Cellist Norman Adams of Halifax has contributed to performing arts as a member of Symphony Nova Scotia, creator of the chamber ensemble Suddenly Listen
and his work with Gwen Noah Dance.
• Emmy Alcorn of Guysborough, the artistic director of Mulgrave Road Theatre, has encouraged appreciation for arts and culture through her work in theatre and the development of the Chedabucto Place Performance Centre.
As part of the same event, ceramics professor Neil Forrest
was named as one of three finalists for the $25,000 Portia White Prize, which promotes excellence, innovation and expression in the arts in Nova Scotia.
The Creative Nova Scotia Awards Gala is an initiative of the Nova Scotia Arts and Culture Partnership Council.
In photo (l to r): Drew Klassen, Norman Adams, Emmy
Alcorn, Rose Adams and Robin Metcalfe (accepting award for Cathy Busby)