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2011 YVR Art Foundation Awards

If you’ve ever returned home from an international trip, you’ve probably experienced that instant rush of pride for British Columbia (and your airport) as you walk through the forested Pacific Passage at US arrivals, or enjoy the sound of tumbling water at the Spindal Whorl in the customs hall. Even when entering the terminal from the curb, you are greeted by North Westcoast art and a welcoming feeling of home.

YVR is proud of its First Nations heritage and showcases this relationship through the art displayed at the airport for all to enjoy. Through its sponsorship of the YVR Art Foundation (YVRAF), the Airport Authority continues to support young artists encouraging them to excel in their craft. Learn more about YVRAF on their website.

On May 27, YVRAF hosted its annual awards ceremony in the Observation Area providing scholarships to five young First Nations artists from B.C. to help them start their careers.

Each artist received $5,000, and, under the guidance of a mentor, will produce a piece of art that will be displayed at Vancouver International Airport for one year.

This year’s recipients were; Cherish Alexander, 23, Tsimshian, graduate of the Freda Diesing School for Northwest Coast Art; James Harry, 21, Squamish, Emily Carr student; Bryan Joe, 24, Salish, graduate from Blanche MacDonald; Cody Lecoy, 21, Penticton/Esquimalt, Kwantlen University student; J. Hjalmer Wenstob, 18, Tla-o-qui-aht, future University of Victoria student.

Congratulations to the recipients, we look forward to seeing your completed work throughout the terminal in the future.

If you’re interested in art at YVR, visit our website and download a self-guided art & architecture tour.

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