2018 Emerging Artist Award Recipient

Craig Scott, Chair (left) and Ian Warwick, Alberta Foundation for the Arts representative, present Teena Dickerson (middle) with her award on May 12, 2018.

The 2018 Emerging Artist Award goes to Teena Dickerson.

Teena is a metal artist and studio jeweller who specializes in the lost wax casting technique.

She graduated from the New Brunswick College of Craft and Design in 1995 and created sculpture and jewellery in New Brunswick until 2013. In 2013, Teena completed a Bachelor of Applied Arts degree at the University of New Brunswick and then moved to Alberta to study at the University of Calgary in an Interdisciplinary Masters of Education program studying creativity and self -realization. Completing her graduate work in 2016, Teena now focuses on artistic pursuits in her studio of Delburne, Alberta.

Teena specialises in traditional techniques including carving, lost wax casting, and hand fabrication working in bronze, sterling silver, gold, stone, and bone. Teena Dickerson’s metal sculptural works contemplate spiritual themes, intuition, narration, and the symbolic languages of the flora and fauna of Central Alberta.

Teena will use the funds toward to help her purchase an electric melting furnace to enable her to work on a larger scale for her sculptures.

"I met Teena Dickerson in 2014. She had recently moved to Central Alberta from New Brunswick and after doing some research, I hired Teen to instruct at Series Summer Arts School at RDC in 2015. Having seen her work and then observing her teaching, I have found Teena to be a very skilled artist and craftsperson. Her work is intricate, sophisticated and technically sound. Her creative spirit is evident in her work and she continues to take courses to improve her artistic knowledge and abilities. "

Joyce Howdle, RDC, Visual and Performing Arts Coordinator