Regular part-time NSCAD ceramics faculty member, Joan Bruneau, BFA ’88, was recently named 2009 recipient of the Established Artist Recognition Award from the Nova Scotia Arts and Culture Alliance. The award, valued at $5000, was announced at the annual Creative Nova Scotia Gala, held in Yarmouth on October 24.
Over the past fifteen years, Joan has developed both a national and international profile as an inspiring teacher and innovative studio potter while maintaining her full-time studio, Nova Terra Cotta in Lunenburg.
Joan has maintained a regular exhibition record in public and private galleries across Canada and the U.S. Her work has been featured in ceramics books and periodicals, and is in the permanent collection of the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Sykes Gallery in Pennsylvania and Jingdezhen Ceramics Institute in China. Internationally recognized for her specialized skills and artistic vision, Joan has been invited to teach workshops at the Glasgow School of Art, The Australia National University and Peter's Valley Craft Center in New Jersey, and is one of two invited presenters at the 2010 Fusion Conference in Ottawa.
Joan was the 2004 recipient of the Winnifred Shantz Emerging Artist (National Ceramics) Award.
At the same event, works by NSCAD ceramics professor Neil Forrest and former NSCAD president Garry Neill Kennedy were also recognized as finalists for the Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia Masterworks Arts Award.
The Masterworks Award, created in 2005, recognizes works of art with a strong connection to Nova Scotia, in the context of national and international accomplishment. Forrest’s work, Mandible, a large-scale, suspended ceramic sculpture, challenges traditional boundaries between craft, architecture and fine art. Kennedy’s The Colours of Citizen Arar is a powerful, provocative wall painting that speaks to the experiences of Canadian Mahar Arar during his infamous imprisonment in Syria.