VANS Mentorship Program Receives Protégé Award

Visual Arts Nova Scotia’s Executive Director, Briony Carros, accepts the Protégé Award alongside Susan Gibson Garvey, recipient of the Portia White Prize. Susan Gibson Garvey selected VANS Mentorship Program as the winner of the Protégé Award. Photo courtesy of Arts Nova Scotia.

At the 2017 Creative Nova Scotia Awards Gala, Susan Gibson Garvey was awarded the Portia White Prize, which recognizes cultural and artistic excellence on the part of a Nova Scotian artist who has attained professional status, mastery and recognition in their discipline.

The $25,000 prize consists of a primary recipient who is an established artist and a secondary recipient, a protégé selected by the primary recipient, who is an emerging artist or cultural organization. The primary recipient receives $18,000 and a certificate of recognition. The protégé receives $7,000 and a certificate of recognition.  For over forty years, Susan Gibson Garvey has been active in the visual arts community as an artist, educator, critic, curator and public gallery director. This includes 17 years at Dalhousie Art Gallery where she organized over 100 exhibitions and published numerous essays and articles focusing on contemporary artists from the Atlantic region. To read more about Susan Gibson Garvey click here.

Susan honoured the Visual Arts Nova’s Mentorship Program with the Protégé Award, which will be used to continue supporting emerging artists in our program for years to come. We are thrilled and so grateful!

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