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Brenda Draney wins Eldon and Anne Foote Edmonton Visual Arts Prize

Brenda Draney became the third winner of the Eldon and Anne Foote Edmonton Visual Arts Prize Brenda Draney SUSPENDat a short ceremony last night (June 19th, 2014) at Visual Arts Alberta Gallery. The prize is worth $10,000 and is awarded to a visual artist from the greater Edmonton region for an artwork exhibited in the 2013 year. Brenda Draney was nominated by the Art Gallery of Alberta (AGA) for an exhibition called SUSPEND exhibited there between December 14th, 2013 and March 9th, 2014.

Visual Arts Alberta – CARFAC along with our partners the Edmonton Arts Council and the Edmonton Community Foundation would like to congratulate Brenda Draney. The Eldon and Anne Foote Edmonton Visual Arts Prize is the result of the generosity of the Foote family. The award is meant to celebrate the vitality of the visual arts scene in the Edmonton area and Edmonton has many great artist to recognize.

Allen Ball (nominated by the Multicultural Public Art Gallery) along with Sean Caulfield + Royden Mills (nominated by Strathcona County Art Gallery @ 501) were awarded cheques for $500.00 for being part of the short list for the Eldon and Anne Foote Edmonton Visual Arts Prize.The jurors for this year’s Eldon and Anne Foote Edmonton Visual Arts Prize were Tina Martel (artist and professor at Grande Prairie Regional College), Vincent Varga (Museum Director of the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies, Banff) and Renato Vitac (Executive Director of TRUCK Contemporary Art in Calgary).

The two previous winners of the Eldon and Anne Foote Edmonton Visual Arts Prize were Paul Freeman (last year) and the late Arlene Wasylynchuk (winner of the inaugural award in 2012).

The Eldon and Anne Foote Edmonton Visual Arts Prize is clearly a major arts award that recognizes and promote talent in the municipality of Edmonton. Visual Arts Alberta – CARFAC is proud to administer this prize for greater Edmonton’s Visual Artists.

X POSITION: Diadactic panel written by Shane Golby

X position
symbol: 1. an object standing for or representing something else; an emblem
(The New Webster Handy College Dictionary, pg. 526)

‘Tis an old saying, the Devil lurks behind the Cross.
Miquel de Cervantes (1547-1616)


Father Douglas
Sola Dei Gloria, 2011
Egg tempera, gold leaf on wooden cross
Courtesy of the artist

A cross is a very simple geometrical figure consisting of two lines perpendicular to each other and dividing one or two of the lines in half (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cross). Cross shaped signs are one of the most ancient of human symbols, dating back to the earliest stages of human cultural development. While the exact meaning of these early signs is unknown, it is supposed that the cross was used for its formal and ornamental value, and may also have possessed religious significance. During the European Bronze Age (1800-700 BC) the cross became a widely diffused symbol throughout Europe. By the second century AD it had become the most potent and widely disseminated symbol of the Christian religion, reminding Christians of God’s act of love in Christ’s sacrifice at Calvary and, through his death on the cross and subsequent resurrection, his triumph over sin and death. Throughout the centuries the cross has also served many other uses, including functioning as a personal signature, as a grammatical marking device, as a vehicular sign, and as a sign of danger.
The exhibition X position, presented by the Visual Arts Alberta Association (VAAA), explores ideas
concerning the use of symbols and how artists re-interpret symbols in contemporary times,
especially the politically and socially loaded symbols pertaining to Christianity and the Church.

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