REGINA — O’Neil Catholic High School Grade 12 student Vida Mackenzy created an art piece in response to reading articles about women captured by ISIS and sold as sex slaves. “Gender equality has been a long-lasting battle throughout the ages and is frequently covered up or pushed aside,” she wrote to explain her work. It was enough to impress the judges who awarded her first place in the annual Multi-Faith Saskatchewan Visual Art Project.
The Visual Art Project was established by Multi-faith Saskatchewan in 2010-11 on the theme of Saskatchewan Youth Working Through Visual Art for Peace, Unity and Care of the Earth. This year 47 entries, the largest number since the event’s establishment in 2010-11, were received from across Saskatchewan and 15 were adjudicated by a panel of artists to be displayed at the April 23 event held at the Royal Saskatchewan Museum (RSM). The first 10 received medals and monetary awards and the remaining five received medals and other “in kind” awards.
Mackenzy’s piece is comprised of newspaper clippings about abducted women with a hand-drawn covered head of a woman with just her eyes showing overshadowing the work. She received a cheque for $125 plus a gold medal. Savannah Mass of Fox Valley High School received second prize and Regina St. Luke student Sophie Wall received third prize. Seven of the top 10 were from Regina or Saskatoon; Saskatoon Centennial Collegiate students Ramneet Jassal, Nimra Nadeem and Jake Scriven took three of the top 10 prizes and Chris Cruz from Saskatoon’s Holy Cross High School took the first of two honorary prizes. The second went to Aili Burlando of Rosetown High School. Two Regina students at Monseigneur de Laval High School, Galilee Mwarabu and Arielle Racette, were tied for fourth place. Noella Baptist of Star City School, Amanda Tischler of Rosetown Central High School and Hailey Beckusen of Ecole Providence in Vonda rounded the list of top 10 award recipients. Kaitlin McDonald of Rosetown Central High School, Daylynn Deis of St. Luke, Ruan Pretorius of Oxbow High School, Stevie Downer of Maryfield High School and Jodi Smith of Birch Hills High School rounded out the remainder of students who had their work displayed and received recognition.
Students heard from Dr. Jim Harding retired University of Regina professor who spoke on Care of the Earth for Peaceful Living; and Dr. Glenn Sutter, RSM Curator of Human Ecology, gave students a tour of the Human Factor Gallery.
Krishan Kapila, founder of both Saskatchewan and Regina Multi-Faith organizations and the Visual Arts project was recognized for his contributions with a presentation from Multi-Faith Saskatchewan president Moses Kanhai.