Mayor's Arts Award for Public Art

Instant Coffee (left) and Krista Belle Stewart (right), Mayor's Art Award for Public Art honoree and emerging artist, respectively

2016 recipients

Instant Coffee


Instant Coffee is a service-oriented artist and curatorial collective based in Winnipeg and Vancouver. Since establishing in 2000, IC’s solo exhibitions have included UDT at the Art Gallery of Ontario; Take the Easy Way, MKG127, Toronto and The hero, the villain, the salesman, the parent, a side kick and a servant, Simon Fraser Art Gallery, Vancouver.

They will launch a publication with Western Front in fall 2016, relating to their exhibition Feeling So Much Yet Doing So Little. IC recently launched Colours, a public artwork at Metrotown, and are currently participating in the Fieldhouse Residency Program with the City of Vancouver. As part of the 2010 Cultural Olympic program in Vancouver, IC opened Light Bar, a full-spectrum light bar installation and venue. Instant Coffee’s current members are Jinhan Ko, Jenifer Papararo, and Khan Lee. Recent members include Kelly Lycan (2005-2015), Kate Monroe (1999-2014) and Cecilia Berkovic (2000-2014).

Krista Belle Stewart

Emerging artist

Krista Belle Stewart’s work engages the complexities of intention and interpretation made possible by archival material. Krista Belle’s exhibition Motion and Moment Always at the Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver (2015) marked the first solo exhibition of her work and the culmination of fall 2014 residencies at the Nisga’a Museum and Western Front. The exhibition comprised new works developed in Nisga’a and at her ancestral home in Douglas Lake, BC. 

Her work Seraphine, Seraphine was exhibited at Mercer Union, Toronto (2015) in collaboration with the 28th Images Festival. She has exhibited in group shows including Where Does it Hurt?, Artspeak, Vancouver (2014), Music from the New Wilderness, Western Front, Vancouver (2014), and Fiction/Nonfiction, Esker Foundation, Calgary (2013). Krista Belle holds a BFA from Emily Carr University and an MFA from the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts at Bard College in upstate New York. She is a member of the Upper Nicola Band of the Okanagan Nation, and lives and works in Vancouver and Brooklyn.

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