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p 31 • FALL/WINTER 2010


J: How close are you to a four year degree program? S: It’s still in the works…. first it has to be accepted, then the funding will have to be put in place for it.


J: I read about some of the connections your school has with Australian and New Zealand artists. Can you tell me about that? S: The second year we had an opportunity to display in Australia, so we went down as a class. We put together an exhibition and that was brought to Melbourne Australia and displayed for just over a month. A year previously New Zealand hosted a show with instructors from the school displaying their work in that show. Also in New Zealand we are working with the Maori exchange students. Second year we had an exchange student come and spend a month with us. It was a graduate Maori student; we encouraged him to go back and teach because he had the opportunity. He did do that, and he just put together a workshop and he invited some of our students and Dempsey Bob over to his workshop.


We do a lot of exhibitions; the communities in the north really support the school. The Terrace Art Gallery and the Kitamat Gallery have supported us annually with the hosting of exhibitions of our students at their galleries. This year we have also been invited to the Prince George Art Gallery through UNBC for an exhibition with graduate students.


J: As artists we know we must sell our art in order to make our next piece. Do you see the traditional role of the carver integrating itself back into the community as opposed to a contemporary artist? S: That was our whole goal for the school.


We have three different areas we want our students to go in. One was to become a professional artist. Secondly was (for them) to be a cultural artist, being able to work in their communities and work on (traditional) cultural art forms of dance, of dance regalia, masks, thirdly, to teach the revival of these cultural art forms in their communities. And they are being accepted in their communities.


J: After the big disruption in culture that


happened with the residential schools, to see this come back in full blossom is pretty amazing. S: Yes, we hope to give a new direction for young artists to see (a way) in which to become an artist, to show them that there are ways of taking those steps, to introduce the students to all aspects of the arts that we (the instructors) have dealt with over the years. (This includes) dealing


with museums,


dealing with galleries, getting ready for exhibitions. We


even


have them do public speaking when we have the opportunity.


J: Thank you for this interview Stan.


Editors note: This interview was edited for clarity and brevity. To hear the original audio interview please click on the interview with Stan Bevan link.


For more information on the school please go to: http://fredadiesing.nwcc.bc.ca/


New Moon, Jacqueline R. McNeil


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