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Memorial well represented at NLAC awards

By Janet Harron | May 4, 2009

Memorial University was well represented at this past weekend’s 24th annual 2009 Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council Awards. 

Among the winners were: Rob Power, Memorial graduate and associate professor of percussion at the Faculty of Music, was the recipient of the Arts in Education Award; Kellie Walsh, Memorial graduate and sessional faculty member in choral music, was awarded the Emerging Artist Award; Sherry White, Memorial graduate from the Sir Wilfred Grenfell theatre program, was named Artist of the Year; and Drs. Angus and Jean Bruneau, long-time friends of Memorial, were both awarded the Patron of the Arts Award.

Winners of the Artist of the Year, Emerging Artist, Arts in Education, and Arts Achievement Awards receive a $2,000 cash prize and a piece of artwork. Winners of the Patron of the Arts Award receive a piece of artwork. Inductees into the Hall of Honour receive a framed certificate.

The Arts Awards show and gala honours the accomplishments of Newfoundland and Labrador’s artists. Nomination for the Arts Awards are submitted by the arts community, arts organizations and the general public. Members of the arts council vote by secret ballot to select the finalists and winners.

Dr. Tom Gordon, head of the School of Music, and Derek Norman, co-ordinator of the Faculty of Arts’ Digital Research Centre, are both NLAC council members. The Office of the President was one of the sponsors of the Saturday’s gala, which took place on the St. John’s campus at the Reid Theatre.

A highlights of the awards show will be broadcast on CBC on May 12.