Capilano University Textile Arts instructor, Ruth Scheuing, was a recipient of a Mayor’s Arts Award for Craft and Design, presented by Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson on November 24.
The Mayor’s Arts Awards are presented in 13 categories and recognize Vancouver artists or community members who make a significant contribution to the creative life of the City of Vancouver. Recipients are nominated by a jury of peers convened by the Alliance for Arts and Culture. Each recipient in the Studio and Performing Arts categories is invited to select an emerging artist who demonstrates the promise of the next generation.
“The artists in our community play an important role in making Vancouver one of the most liveable cities in the world,” Robertson said. “Their talents, efforts and accomplishments in a wide array of disciplines define the city’s dynamic creative sector. It is the vision of these awards to provide an opportunity to celebrate their contributions.”
Scheuing is an artist, educator and writer who works with textiles, focusing on pattern, language and mythology. Her works have been exhibited across Canada and internationally and often combine old and new technologies, such as the computerized Jacquard looms used in her artist residency Silkroads at the Surrey Art Gallery Tech lab. Her published writings include The Unraveling of History: Penelope and other Stories and she is co-editor of Material Matters: the Art and Culture of Contemporary Textiles. Ruth is also included in Art Textile of the World: Canada, published in 2009. She teaches in the Textile Arts program at Capilano University and is the current president of the Textile Society of America.
Artist Sharon Kallis was selected by Ruth as an emerging artist in the Craft and Design category. Kallis, with a “one mile diet” approach to sourcing art materials, works to discover the inherent material potential in a landscape. By involving community and connecting traditional hand techniques with re-purposed invasive species or garden waste, site-specific installations become ecological interventions. Graduating from Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design in 1996, Kallis began working materials from the land in 1999 and has exhibited and activated communities in Ireland, Spain and throughout the United States. Locally projects include The Ivy Project in Stanley Park, Nest in Crab Park and ongoing interventions at the Means of Production garden in Mount Pleasant. Kallis has received Canada Council and British Columbia Arts Council grants and is the 2010 recipient of the Lillian Elliott Award for Excellence in Fibre Arts.