Programs and Awards

The YVR Art Foundation currently administers four programs:

  1. Youth Scholarships
  2. Mid-Career Artist Scholarships
  3. Masterpiece Study Program Grants
  4. Aspiring Artist Award

YVR Art Foundation Youth Scholarships

In collaboration with corporate, foundation and individual donors, YVR Art Foundation offers up to seven art scholarships annually to BC and Yukon First Nations youth (age 16-26) who wish to develop their artistic potential. The scholarship award enables artists to study at a formal art institution or work with a mentor over a one-year period. The scholarship recipients are selected through a juried process and each award is for $5,000.
 
The scholarship award is not just a cheque: it’s a year-long adventure. At the end of the scholarship year, the recipients are brought to Vancouver, given a tour of the YVR Art Collection, and are invited along with their families to an official awards reception. The following day, after a complimentary stay at the Fairmont Vancouver Airport Hotel, winners tour a variety of galleries, museums, and artist studios before returning home. The scholarship award provides recipients with inspiration, contacts, exposure to the art community, and ongoing support, not only during the award year, but in the years to come. 
 
In addition, youth scholarship recipients exhibit their completed art work at YVR for one year, so that their work is seen by millions of local and international passengers.
 

YVR Art Foundation Mid-Career Artist Scholarships

In collaboration with corporate, foundation and individual donors, YVR Art Foundation offers two annual scholarship awards for BC and Yukon First Nations artists who are at the next stage of establishing themselves as artists. This scholarship is for mid-career artists, age 27 and older, who wish to take their work to a new level or extend it to a new area. The scholarship award can be to assist the artist to study with a master artist, pursue a special project or attend a formal institution of learning over a one-year period. Mid-career scholarship recipients may also exhibit their art project at YVR for one year. The mid-career scholarship recipients are selected through a juried process and each award is for $5,000. 
 

YVR Art Foundation Masterpiece Study Program Grants

The largest and most diverse collections of BC & Yukon First Nations art and artifacts are currently held in museum and art gallery collections in BC, Eastern Canada and the United States, and the earliest collections are in Europe. It is critical for the development and advancement of contemporary First Nations art that artists have the opportunity to access and study these works.

To address this need, in 2014 the YVR Art Foundation launched a new initiative: the Masterpiece Study Program. In the first year of the program, grants were awarded to BC First Nations artists to travel to selected BC museums, and now the program offers grants to travel to international museums as well. Grant recipients are selected by an appointed committee through a formal application process. 

Masterpiece Study Travel grants are offered for BC & Yukon First Nations artists to travel to one of the following partner museums to research/study their collection of First Nations art and artifacts:

American Museum of Natural History - New York
Museum of Vancouver - Vancouver
Pitt Rivers Museum - Oxford, UK
Royal BC Museum - Victoria
The Field Museum - Chicago
UBC Museum of Anthropology - Vancouver
 
*Note - a valid Canadian passport is required to visit the American Museum of Natural History, the Pitt Rivers Museum and The Field Museum
 

YVR Art Foundation Aspiring Artist Awards

YVR Art Foundation offers up to five Aspiring Artist Awards annually to BC and Yukon First Nations youth (age 15-19) to develop their artistic potential. The award is to support the recipients’ self-directed work in the visual arts.