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CMTN Announces Winner of President's Choice Award

Feb 26, 2024

Terrace, BC -- Coast Mountain College is proud to announce the winner of this year's President's Choice Award, Savannah Medeiros, with her piece "Between Worlds". 

Savannah's bio: 
Savannah Medeiros is a Nisga’a/Ts’msyen artist whose crest is Gisk’aast (blackfish). Her family comes from Gitwinksihlkw, part of the Nisga’a Nation. She lives in Kitsumkalum, where she grew up (Ts’msyen Nation). Savannah comes from a lineage of carvers, her grandmother Sandra Wesley who is her role model, was under Freda Diesing in the eighties, and was one of the carvers for Kitsumkalum totem poles. Savannah is currently attending Freda Diesing School of Northwest Coast Art.  

"Between Worlds" by Savannah Medeiros (Nisga'a/Ts'ymsyen). 40" x 60" acrylic on birch panel. 


Erica Davis received an Honourable Mention with her piece "Luu-dam̓ihl Smax (Bear Hug)". 

Erica's bio:
Way! Erica Davishl way̓. Wil luu wan wam-Nisg̱a'ay̓. Wilps Aama Gat wil w̓itgwiy̓. Ksim Laxg̱ibuu n̓iiy. Linda Wilson t Nooy̓ ii Helen Leeson wahl Nits'iits'iy̓. Lax̱g̱alts'ap wil w̓itgwiy̓ ii Gitlax̱dax wil jog̱ay̓. 

"Luu-dam̓ihl Smax (Bear Hug)" by Erica Davis (Nisga'a). 22" x 28" acrylic on birch. 


The Freda Diesing School of Northwest Coast Art student exhibition was at the Terrace Art Gallery from February 2 to February 24, and will be moving to the Kitimat Museum and Archives upstairs gallery opening Friday, March 1 and running until March 30, 2024. 


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