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CMTN Fine Arts Instructor and Master Carver Dempsey Bob receives Artistic Achievement Award

Feb 23, 2021
Dempsey Bob Congratulations to Coast Mountain College's own Dempsey Bob, Master Carver and instructor at the Freda Diesing School of Northwest Coast Art. Today he has been honoured by the Canada Council for the Governor General's Award for Artistic Achievement in Visual Arts.

CMTN is so fortunate to have Dempsey as a mentor to its First Nations Fine Arts students. He is an internationally renowned master carver and sculptor.

Bob is one of the foremost Tahltan-Tlingit artists of his generation. In 2013, he was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada in recognition of his important contributions to the art and artists of British Columbia. One of his most distinguished and famous pieces sits proudly in the Vancouver International Airport. Though he practices a very traditional art technique, he has incorporated many modern tools and subtle advancements modernizing his work, while still maintaining the form’s important history. 

"We are very proud of the work, talent and perspective Dempsey Bob brings to the students at Coast Mountain College's Freda Diesing School of Northwest Coast Art," says CMTN President, Justin Kohlman. "He has expertly and compassionately guided hundreds of students through the learning and reclaiming of traditional northwest coast art. We offer Dempsey our heartfelt congratulations."

Dempsey was nominated by Jim Logan, visual artist.

“Dempsey Bob is recognized as one of few master carvers of his Nation who is pushing the art forward, successfully blending contemporary with the traditional style of Tahltan-Tlingit sculptural art, while remaining true to its complex protocols and unique design history,” said Logan.

Congratulations to Dempsey!

To learn more please visit:
https://en.ggarts.ca/dempsey-bob