Monday, March 30, 2009 - 6:00am - 7:00am
Recital Hall 12:00 noon March 30, 2009
Klewetua, Rodney Sayers, is a Hupacasath artist from Ahaswinis, Port Alberni, British Columbia, and is a descendant of the Nuu Chah Nulth peoples.
Sayers received an associate degree in Studio Arts from Capilano College in North Vancouver in 1994, and earned his BFA with Distinction from the Alberta College of Art and Design in 1997. He completed his MFA in 2000 from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, where he studied jewellery and metals, woodworking, and cultural theory. While at NSCAD, he served as the Student Union President and sat on the Board of Governors, he earned the prestigious Joseph Beuys Memorial Scholarship, and presented one of his pieces to Governor General Adrian Clarkson on behalf NSCAD University. His MFA thesis exhibition was included in the first annual Halifax International Biennial. In 2002 he received a Distinguished Alumni Award of Excellence, in honour of the 75th anniversary of the Alberta College of Art and Design.
After completing his formal education, Sayers returned home to Ahswinis. His practice has focused on integrating his beliefs about language and tradition into his visual work. He has taken part in several group exhibitions and in 2003 received the VADA Grant. His piece ‘Creation Myth’ was included in the book The Persistence of Craft.
Over the past eight years, Rodney Sayers has worked intensely with the elder fluent speakers of his community on preserving and revitalizing the Nuu Chah Nulth language. He has successfully completed more than ten grants, a master-apprenticeship, and together with the fluent speakers, has completed nine Nuu Chah Nulth language projects. His work with the fluent speakers and his study of the language has deeply influenced his work as a Nuu Chah Nulth artist.