Joseph S. Stauffer Prizes
Photo: Michelle Lotker (top left), self portrait (top right), Vicki Whetung (bottom)
Olivia Whetung (Visual Arts)
Olivia Whetung’s work explores (acts of) active native presence, as well as the challenges of working with/in/through Indigenous languages in an art world dominated by English. She works in various media including beadwork, printmaking and digital media.
Allison de Groot (Music)
Allison de Groot combines a love for traditional music, technical skill and a creative approach to clawhammer banjo. Her collaborations and performances provide spaces to explore the role and depth of the banjo.
Rebecca Salazar (Literature)
Rebecca Salazar is the author of the knife you need to justify the wound (Rahila’s Ghost) and Guzzle (Anstruther Press). She is currently a poetry editor for The Fiddlehead and Plenitude magazines and a Ph.D. candidate at the University of New Brunswick.
What is this prize?
The Joseph S. Stauffer Prizes are awarded to emerging and mid-career (less than 15 years of practice) Canadian artists who exhibit strong artistic potential in music, visual arts and literature.
Up to three prizes of $5,000 each (one in each discipline).
How to Qualify
Professional emerging and mid-career (less than 15 years of practice) Canadian artists who exhibit strong artistic potential in music, visual arts and literature, who submit an eligible application to the Explore and Create program, are automatically considered for this prize. The winners are selected based on the assessment of their grant application.
Who created this prize?
These prizes are awarded to honour the memory of Joseph S. Stauffer, whose bequest enabled the Canada Council to encourage young Canadians of outstanding promise or potential.
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