Foundation Names First Ever Recipient of the Nellie McClung Foundation Arts Legacy Award

DSC_0004WINNIPEG—On Tuesday, June 10, 2014, visual artist Megan Krause became the first recipient of a new established arts award, named for legendary Canadian Nellie McClung.

The Nellie McClung Foundation Arts Legacy Award recognizes a woman who is emerging in her artistic practice, or a collective of emerging women artists, whose artistic work seeks to engage with community in social justice issues. The $2,000 Award is given to assist in the development of new work within a two-year period.

“Megan Krause is an emerging artist with immense promise,” says Lila Goodspeed, Chair of the Nellie McClung Foundation. “Her project proposal, which recognizes the link between human rights and environmental justice, is both timely and challenging.”

Krause recently completed the MAWA Foundation Mentorship program (2012), and had her first solo painting exhibit in September 2013. “After her recent year-long mentorship with Aganetha Dyck, a highly skilled artist whose work is so connected with environmental issues, I am very excited to see how Ms. Krause moves forward with her proposed series of eight paintings which touch upon the tradition of Canadian landscape painting,” said Goodspeed. “Ms. Krause appears to be an emerging artist poised to make a bold statement—which is indeed in the spirit of Nellie McClung!”

McClung was an author, playwright, orator, activist, suffragette and a great influencer. Her lessons as a leader and an educator continue to teach us today. As one of Canada’s first, and perhaps best-known feminists, Nellie was a woman who became the voice for the voiceless and the defender of the vulnerable, with an innate sense of humour and of justice for all.

This biennial award was created in 2013 to honour the vision and advance the legacy of Nellie McClung and to recognize the contributions women make to social justice through the arts. The Nellie McClung Foundation is working in partnership with the Manitoba Arts Council to administer the Award.

For more information, contact:

Lila Goodspeed, Chair
Nellie McClung Foundation
T: 204.803.1531
E: lilag@mymts.netMegan Krause, Artist

T: 204.391.2299
E: megan.d.krause@gmail.com
W: megandkrause.com/curriculum-vitae