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ArtsCultureVisualArts17TuesdayJune112013FortSimpsonartistgivenGovernorGeneralsawardByRENEFRANCOEURAFortSimpsonartisthasbeenhonouredwithaGov-ernorGeneralsgoldmedalthemostprestigiousawardstudentsinCanadianschoolscanreceiveforacademicex-cellenceattheEmilyCarrUniversityofArtandDesign.NathalieLavoieavisualartistwithatalentforcreat-inguniqueiceinstallationswasawardedtheacademicmedalattheVancouverschoolsconvocationcere-monyonMay4.IdidntndoutIdwonthisawarduntilitwasan-nouncedatconvocationsoIwassurprised-happybutsurprisedsaidLavoiewhowatchedthelivebroadcastofconvocationfromFortSimpson.IfeelasenseofaccomplishmentandthebestthingisIfeellikeIveful-lledmymothersdream.Shealwayswantedtodogradu-atestudies.WhileLavoie44couldntattendthecer-emonyshedidsubmitavideoofherselfwalkingthroughtwofeetofsnowtobeplayedwhenhernamewasreadfromthelistofgraduates-justtoshow-caseabitofFortSimpsonshesaidwithalaugh.Lavoiegrewupjustout-sideofMontrealandmovedtoFortSimpsonin2002toteachart.SheholdsaBachelorofArtswithhighdistinctionfromCurtinUniversityinAustraliaandcompletedherMasterofAppliedArtsdegreefromEmilyCarrin2012.Herworkwhichem-ploysvariousmediainclud-ingvideophotographyandsculpturehasbeenshowninOttawaYellowknifeEdmon-tonandVancouveraswellasabroadinIrelandRussiaandNorway.Itwasafantastichum-blingexperienceandreallyhelpedmeasanartistshesaid.Theprogramcom-binedstudioartanddevel-opingyourtechniquewithrigoroustraininginhowtoassessyourworkandyourpeersworkinrelationtotheoryandarthistory.InthefutureLavoiewantstoincludemoreaudiencein-teractionwithherprojectsandinstallations.TheGovernorGeneralAwardshavealonghistoryinCanada.LordDufferinCan-adasthirdGovernorGeneralafterConfederationcreatedtheacademicmedalsin1873toencourageacademicexcel-lenceacrossthenation.Thegoldmedalisawardedtoonestu-dentfromeachuniversitywhoachievesthehighestacademicstandingatthegraduatelevel.IfeelasenseofaccomplishmentandthebestthingisIfeellikeIvefullledmymothersdream.Shealwayswantedtodograduatestudies.ArtistNathalieLavoieArtsCultureVisualArtsHighschoolartproledinmonth-longshowWorksbyPWKstudentsfromFortSmithshowingatmuseumPhotosCarolMacPhersonIsabellaBourquedisplaystheintricatelycarvedclockshemadeinindustrialarts.IziahFaulknersMyFanta-Meisanabstractself-portrait.CondencebyKatieHoltorfisaportraitofactressJenniferLawrencewhichdiscussestheissuesofweightandbodyimage.PhotocourtesyofNathalieLavoieVisualartistNathalieLavoieofFortSimpsonhacksawayatthefrozenMackenzieRiverin2011foravideoartpieceaboutdirectionalowcalledChiseledOpening.