In recognition of the remarkable contributions of Brenda Crabtree and Bill McLennan to BC’s First Nations Art community, the BC Achievement Foundation has established an emerging artist award in their honour.
The Crabtree McLennan Emerging Artist Award will be formally announced on November 15th at the 10th annual BC Creative Achievement Awards for First Nations Art presentation ceremony in Vancouver. The award will be offered as part of the 2017 program.
Brenda and Bill have each supported the First Nations Art Award as jury members, collectively participating in 16 juries and, through their extraordinary efforts, elevated the work of 51 BC First Nation Artists over the past decade. In each of their respective work communities, they champion the artist and their work while offering mentorship and guidance to all. Their passion translates into meaningful accomplishments and inspires those with whom they connect.
The commitment of these two individuals mirrors the decade of excellence of the BC Creative Achievement Award in First Nations Art Lifetime Achievement recipients:
“…how these artistic leaders contribute to their communities, how they respect tradition, how they mentor the next generation, and how they transform reality. They ensure that BC is a place filled with astonishing craft, with unique and immensely expressive power, and continuous wonder.”
The Crabtree McLennan Emerging Artist award is a tribute to the life work of both Brenda and Bill and a legacy to inform the future of the community they serve.