Mayor's Arts Award for Visual Arts

Dana Claxton (left) and Carlos Colín (right), 2016 Mayor's Arts Award for Visual Arts honoree and emerging artist, respectively

2016 recipients

Dana Claxton


Dana Claxton is a critically acclaimed exhibiting artist, film and video maker. Her work has been shown at the Museum of Modern Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Walker Art Centre (Minneapolis), and Sundance Film Festival (Salt Lake City) and is held in collections including the Vancouver Art Gallery, National Gallery of Canada, Art Bank of Canada and the Winnipeg Art Gallery. Her awards include the VIVA Award and the Eiteljorg Fellowship. The Vancouver Art Gallery has slated a retrospective of her artwork for 2018.

Dana held the Ruth Wynn Woodward Research Chair in the Women’s Studies Department at SFU and the GlobalTelevision Chair in the School of Journalism at the University of Regina. She is currently an associate professor in the Department of Art History, Visual Art and Theory at UBC. She was born in Yorkton, Saskatchewan and is a member of the Wood Mountain Lakota First Nation.

Carlos Colín

Emerging artist

Carlos Colín was born inGuadal ajara, Jalisco, Mexico in 1980 and grew up in Mexico City. He studied Visual Communication and Design, and received an MFA at the National School of Fine Arts in Mexico City. He completed a second MFA at the University of British Columbia. He has exhibited widely in Vancouver and in Mexico including at the Vancouver Art Gallery Auction; the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria; Satellite Gallery; and the Rufino Tamayo Biennial of Painting in Mexico City. Carlos is represented by Fazakas Gallery.

Carlos currently lives and works in Vancouver, where he is pursuing a PhD in Interdisciplinary Studies at UBC. One of his research goals is to expose new generations in Latin America and in Canada to Latin American theories, culture, and knowledge in order to better understand and value the wealth and diversity of Mexico and Latin America.

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