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Finalists for the 2006 Saidye Bronfman Award

Kevin Lockau
Kevin Lockau, a leading innovator in hot glass casting techniques, lives and works north of Bancroft, Ontario. He is best known for his work and his role in the development of the glass studio at Sheridan College in Oakville, Ontario. Always aware of the interactions of humans with nature, he often collects various sized stones from the shores of Lake Superior, carves them and combines them with glass to make his sculptural pieces. Lockau has received numerous international scholarships and awards, and he is a founding member of "10 North", a group of Canada's foremost glass artists. In 2003, Lockau founded the Stone Carving Symposium that takes place annually in Bancroft, Ontario. He was also a member of the advisory committee that set in motion a new glassblowing program at Fleming College's Haliburton School of the Arts. He has exhibited his work across Canada and in the United States, France, Finland, Germany and Sweden.

Michael D. Massie
Michael D. Massie lives in Kippens, on the west coast of Newfoundland, and is a noted silversmith and sculptor. His work is a reflection of his mixed Inuit, Métis and Scottish heritage. In it he investigates both traditional and modern themes. He has achieved renown for his innovative teapots that combine themes and symbols from his native Inuit culture with European traditions. A graduate of the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Massie operates his own business, Steeped in Silver. He has also served on a number of art committees; currently he is a board member of the Association for Aboriginal Artists of Newfoundland and Labrador. Massie selects all his own stone from the quarries near his home. While the tan-grey limestone and the blue-hued anhydrite stone are challenging to carve, they allow his work to be identifiable as his own. His work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally in France, Greenland, Norway, Russia, Sweden and the United States. An exhibition of Massie's work is on view at The Rooms in St. John's until September 4, 2006. His work is represented in numerous private collections in Canada and the United States and is also in the collection of the Provincial Art Gallery of Newfoundland and Labrador, the National Gallery of Canada and the Heard Museum in Arizona.

Peter Pierobon
Peter Pierobon is an outstanding Canadian craftsperson who has expanded the boundaries of furniture design beyond function, material and technique. Based in North Vancouver, Pierobon was a founding member of the Furniture Society, the voice of the studio furniture movement in the United States and Canada. He is an active member of the Wood Co-op in Vancouver and is president of the advisory committee for the fine woodworking programme at Selkirk College in Nelson, British Columbia. In 2004, Pierobon was inducted into the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts. Peter Pierobon has exhibited his work throughout Canada, the United States and Ireland, and is represented in public collections, including the Smithsonian Institution, the Museum of Arts and Design in New York City, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Newark Museum and the City of North Vancouver, as well as in corporate collections such as Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Rochester, New York, and MCI World Headquarters in Washington, D.C. Pierobon's work has been profiled in numerous publications, including American Craft, Turning Points and New York Review magazines, as well as The New York Times. He has been an active educator and lecturer at the California College of the Arts in San Francisco and the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, among others.

Peter Powning
Peter Powning, one of Canada's leading artists, lives and works in Markhamville, New Brunswick. A ceramist and sculptor, he uses a creative mix of media that displays a mastery of the manipulation of clay, glass and metals to a degree rarely achieved even by those who specialize in one of these individual media. His work is easily identifiable by its mix of media - many of which are transformed by fire - as well as the inspiration that he draws from nature and history. An honourary member of the New Brunswick Craft Council, Powning has served as both its president and vice-president. He has also contributed skills and knowledge on a variety of advisory boards and councils. Powning has received numerous national and international awards, including the Strathbutler Award for excellence in the visual arts and crafts, the Kjeld and Erica Deichmann Award for Excellence in Crafts and the bronze award at the International Ceramics Competition in Mino, Japan. Powning has had an influence both nationally and internationally, and he has received recognition from private galleries as well as public institutions for his accomplishments.

Anna Torma
Anna Torma lives in Baie Verte, New Brunswick, and is one of Canada's leading quiltmakers. In 2005, Torma received a UNESCO Aschberg Bursary to attend a two-month residency at Cooperation in Wiltz, Luxembourg, to complete an embroidery project with local mentally handicapped artists. In 2006, the Art Gallery of Hamilton will produce a one-person show of Torma's work, with an accompanying monograph. Anna Torma has exhibited her work throughout Canada and the United States, as well as in England, Hungary and the Netherlands. Torma's work is represented in public collections, including Canada's Department of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Culture in Hungary, the Contemporary Textile Collection in Szombathely, Hungary, the Library and Gallery in Cambridge, Ontario, and the New Brunswick Art Bank. Torma's work has been profiled in numerous publications, including Fiberarts, Walrus and Ontario Craft magazines, as well as The Globe and Mail and the National Post.

Finalists for the 2005 Saidye Bronfman Award
Finalists for the 2004 Saidye Bronfman Award
Finalists for the 2003 Saidye Bronfman Award
Finalists for the 2002 Saidye Bronfman Award
Finalists for the 2001 Saidye Bronfman Award
Finalists for the 2000 Saidye Bronfman Award

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