2012-2015 Artist Studio Award recipients

The awards local artists who have demonstrated artistic excellence in their disciplines and financial need. 

The Artist Studio Awards Program provides the use of studio space or live-work space for reduced rent to develop creative practices.

Sarah Shamash artworkSarah Shamash

Sarah is a Vancouver based media artist and PhD candidate in the Interdisciplinary studies program at UBC.

Influenced by cinema, her experimental projects typically explore identities and geographies as personal, political, feminine, and dynamic while critiquing and subverting fixed, colonial and hegemonic demarcations of the body, territory, and space.

She recently screened her latest documentary film, Kwanxwala-Thunder, at Cine Kurumin in Brazil where it won an honorary mention.

She teaches film film theory at VFS and programs films for the Vancouver Latin American Film Festival.

Her work as an artist, researcher, educator, and programmer can be understood as interconnected and whole; they all revolve around a passion for cinema. 

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Elizabeth Zvonar artwork - sunset, digital inkjet print, 2013

Elizabeth Zvonar

Elizabeth Zvonar is a visual artist with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Emily Carr University.

She has done solo and group exhibitions locally, nationally, and internationally and was a recipient of:

  • 2009 City of Vancouver Mayor’s Arts Award in the Emerging Artist category
  • Honouree selected by Marian Penner Bancroft
  • 2015 VIVA Awards
  • Shortlisted for Aimia Photography Awards in 2016.

She is represented by Daniel Faria Gallery in Toronto. 

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Kelly Lycan

Kelly Lycan is an installation and photo-based artist who works and resides in Vancouver, BC.

Lycan's work investigates the way objects and images are placed and displayed in the world and the cycle of value they go through. Re-purposing and re-contextualizing ordinary things is a consistent part of her practice.

Lycan studied still photography at Ryerson Polytechnical University, Toronto, received her BFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Halifax, and holds an MFA from the University of California, Santa Barbra and Los Angeles.

Kelly Lycan artwork - More than anything, various material and sizes, 2014/2015

Her recent solo exhibitions include:

  • More Than Nothing, Burrard Art Foundation, Vancouver, BC, 2016
  • Little Glow, Susan Hobbs Gallery, Toronto, ON
  • Underglow, Presentation House Gallery, North Vancouver, BC
  • Autobiography for No One, Simon Fraser University Gallery, Burnaby, BC
  • Bronze Tinfoil Ball, OR Gallery, Vancouver, BC
  • White Hot, Gallery TPW, Toronto, ON
  • Save Now, CSA Gallery, Vancouver, BC.

Lycan was an active member of the artist collective Instant Coffee from 2005 to 2015 and together they have participated in frequent national and international exhibitions.

Recent exhibitions with Instant Coffee include:

  • Magic Hour, Nikkei Art Gallery, Burnaby, BC
  • Pink Noise, Kamloops Art Gallery, Kamloops, BC
  • Bunker Project, Incheon Art Gallery, Incheon, South Korea
  • Feeling So Much Yet Doing So Little, Western Front, Vancouver, BC
  • Disco Fallout Shelter at Subvision Hamburg, Germany and Toronto Sculpture Garden

She is a 2016 recipient of Vancouver's VIVA award.

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Amiel Gladstone

Amiel Gladstone is a writer and director, who has directed the recent Vancouver hits Onegin, East Van Pantos 1 and 2, and A Craigslist Cantata.

His productions have been both site specific in unusual venues and in traditional theatres, with companies such as:

Amiel Gladstone's artwork

  • Alberta Theatre Projects
  • Arts Club
  • Acting Up Stage
  • Belfry
  • Caravan Farm Theatre
  • Factory Theatre
  • Firehall, Tarragon
  • Musical Stage
  • Pacific Opera Victoria
  • Vancouver Opera
  • Theatre Replacement
  • Theatre Conspiracy
  • Theatre SKAM
  • Vancouver Playhouse
  • PuSh Festival

As a playwright, his plays have been produced by Alberta Theatre Projects, Belfry Theatre, Touchstone Theatre, Caravan Farm Theatre, the National Arts Centre, Solo Collective, Western Edge Theatre, Theatre SKAM, as well as internationally in the United States, France, and Romania. 

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