Robert Archambeau has been awarded the Manitoba Arts Council’s Manitoba Arts Award of Distinction

Internationally acclaimed ceramic artist Robert Archambeau has been named the recipient of the Manitoba Arts Council 2014 Award of Distinction, and the Winnipeg Art Gallery will be honoring him with a reception on May 15.

“Robert Archambeau is a true artist, one whose passion and need to create supersedes most other needs,” says Stephen Borys, WAG Director & CEO. “Even though he is now in his eighties, the drive is as urgent as ever and his production remains prolific and remarkable. The WAG has always had a close association with Bob, in collecting his works (36 ceramics and 7 prints) and in displaying them in group and solo exhibitions, most recently in the winter of 2012/13. We couldn’t be happier that he has received this award.”

Born and educated in the US, Robert Archambeau taught at the Rhode Island School of Design prior to accepting a teaching position at the University of Manitoba, where he headed the ceramics program until his retirement in 1991. A frequent guest artist at colleges and institutions, he has traveled extensively throughout the world and has exhibited internationally. He was the 2003 recipient of the Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts. In 2004 he became Professor Emeritus at the University of Manitoba in recognition of his 23 years of teaching excellence. In recognition of his extraordinary contribution to the field of ceramics, he was awarded Honorary Member status at the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Artists.

“Robert’s name is synonymous with exceptional vessel making in North America and beyond, particularly in the field of wood-fired ceramics,” says Helen Delacretaz, WAG Chief Curator. “Positioned in commercial settings or in group exhibitions next to the work of others, his pots stand out, they exert a presence, both quiet and strong. His is a need, not a want, to create. The act of creation is as essential to him as breathing.”

The Winnipeg Art Gallery is a cultural advocate – a lens and forum – helping people see and experience more through art. Playing a vital role in the community, engaging and enriching people of all ages and backgrounds through art and culture, the Winnipeg Art Gallery thrives as a creative, innovative, and accessible place for learning, discovery, and inspiration.


For more information, please contact:
Debra Fehr, Manager, Communications and Marketing
204.789.1767
communications-manager@wag.ca

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