VANCOUVER – Joel Berman, a Vancouver-based artist and founder of Joel Berman Glass Studios, recently received the Annual Carter Wosk BC Creative Achievement Award for Applied Art and Design. Berman was one of four categorical recipients of this annual award given by the Premier’s Office and the British Columbia Achievement Foundation.
Additional recipients of the 2011 Carter Wosk Creative Achievement Awards for Applied Art and Design include: Brent Comber, North Vancouver (wood); Shawn Place, Prince Georg (furniture); Dina Gonzalez Mascaro, Vancouver (jewellery.)
"The recognition by my peers and colleagues is a meaningful validation of the work that my studio has produced during the last 25 years," said Joel Berman. "We have invented and cultivated a language of glass design that is contemporary in nature and is universally accessible."
Berman, along with the other honorees, were recently recognized at a presentation and exhibition event in at Shaw TV Studios. The award recipients received $5,000 and a British Columbia Creative Achievement Award seal to signify their creative excellence. This year’s recipients join 26 previous recipients who have been honoured since the launch of the award in 2005.
Dr. Robert Belton, associate professor of art history at UBC Okanagan and a director of the BC Achievement Foundation, chaired an independent jury panel that selected the 2011 award recipients. The jurors included Sam Carter, professor emeritus at Emily Carr University of Art and Design, Omer Arbel, past recipient and industrial designer, Nancy Bendtsen, of Inform Interiors and Angelika Werth, past recipient and instructor, Kootenay School of the Arts. The Carter Wosk British Columbia Creative Achievement Awards for Applied Art and Design are named in honour of B.C. philanthropist, academic and visionary Dr. Yosef Wosk, whose financial support makes these awards possible and for Sam Carter, B.C. educator, designer and curator.
About The British Columbia Achievement Foundation
The British Columbia Achievement Foundation is an independent foundation established and endowed by the Province of B.C. in 2003 to celebrate community service, arts, humanities and enterprise. For information on British Columbia Achievement Foundation, visit www.bcachievement.com
About Joel Berman and Joel Berman Glass Studios
Joel Berman Glass Studios is a world-renowned designer and manufacturer of glass art for the architecture and design community, and offers leading edge solutions and collaboration possibilities to take any glass art project from concept to installation. From its design studio and manufacturing facilities located in Vancouver, BC, Canada Joel Berman Glass Studios offers kiln-cast and pressure-formed glass, and related complementary products, crafted to the highest standards and featuring designer textures, colors, hardware and design services.