Celebrating Excellence in Fine Crafts

Congratulations to visual artist, Lou Lynn, for receiving the Saidye Bronfman Award for excellence in the Fine Crafts. Lou Lynn explores the “archaeology of daily life” through her nearly forty-year sculptural career. The Saidye Bronfman Award recognizes the exceptional work of individuals who have made significant contributions to the development of fine crafts in Canada.

Lou Lynn, a former board member of the Canadian Crafts Federation, works with glass as a sculptural medium, exploring form and materiality rather than function. Lynn’s artwork is recognizable as everyday objects, but as she says in her statement, she “leaves[s] the questions of purpose hanging in the air.”

 “Her work not only draws us in to admire its skillful and aesthetically pleasing facture—it makes us think about our histories as makers and about the hand, mind and body working in concert to create beautiful and functional objects that enrich our world.”

Nominators: Craft Council of British Columbia, Raine Mckay, Executive Director, and Amy Gogarty, artist and writer

As part of the prestigious Governor General’s Awards in Visual and Media Arts, the Saidye Bronfman Award gives Canada’s outstanding craft artists national recognition alongside their peers in the visual and media arts. The Governor General’s Awards in Visual and Media Arts are presented yearly to recognize exceptional accomplishments in visual and media arts.

Explore all of the 2021 Governor General’s Awards in Visual and Media Arts recipients online. Such as sculptor Dempsy Bob, visual artist Germaine Arnaktauyok and Lori Blondeau. We are sure you could spend hours learning about these remarkable artists and watching their Portrait videos. You can also view all past Saidye Bronfman Award recipients to discover exceptional craftspeople.

The Canadian Crafts Federation congratulates the 2021 winners of the Governor General’s Awards in Visual and Media Arts and Lou Lynn for their recognition in excellence in their remarkable visual and media arts career.