Dana Claxton Wins 2016 Mayor’s Arts Award for Visual Arts

Congratulations to AHVA faculty member Dana Claxton who has been awarded the 2016 Mayor’s Arts Award for Visual Arts and to AHVA MFA graduate Carlos Colín who was named by Claxton as an emerging artist who demonstrates the promise of the next generation in the Visual Arts.

Twenty-four individuals, one artist collective, and one business are the recipients of the 2016 Mayor’s Arts Awards for having made significant contributions to creative life in the city of Vancouver.

The Awards were presented in a public ceremony on Monday, October 3, 2016 at the Roundhouse Community Arts and Recreation Centre.

Arts category honourees represent a wide variety of disciplines, from performing and visual arts to literary and culinary arts. Honours are also awarded in the Support of the Arts categories of Volunteerism, Business Support, Philanthropy, and Arts Board Member of the Year. A special Award is also issued for Lifetime Achievement.

Each Honouree in the studio and performing arts categories is invited to select an Emerging Artist in their discipline who demonstrates the promise of the next generation.

Dana Claxton works in film, video, photography, single and multi-channel video installation and performance art. Her practice investigates beauty, the body, the socio-political and the spiritual. Her work has been shown internationally at the Museum of Modern Art (NYC), Walker Art Centre, Sundance Film Festival, Eiteljorg Museum and the Museum of Contemporary Art (Sydney, AU) and held in public collections including the Vancouver Art Gallery, National Gallery of Canada, Art Bank of Canada and the Winnipeg Art Gallery. She has received numerous awards including the VIVA Award and the Eiteljorg Fellowship.


Carlos Colín’s research consists in investigating how contemporary art, artists, and art institutions are involved in current social movements and, by extension, how art contributes to social change and social activism in Latin American. As a Latin American artist, Carlos Colín brings perspectives on the discourse of how art evolves inside societies, how it finds expressions, and how art changes over time, as well as the implications this has for Latin America.