Cornelia Hahn Oberlander wins 2013 Mayor's Arts Award for Lifetime Achievement

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      Landscape architect Cornelia Hahn Oberlander has been recognized for her ecologically sensitive designs in the 2013 Mayor's Arts Awards.

      Vancouver mayor Gregor Robertson announced this morning that she is the winner of the Lifetime Achievement Award. She will receive a $1,000 cash prize.

      Oberlander has collaborated with such celebrated architects as Arthur Erickson on Robson Square and the Museum of Anthropology, Moshe Safdie on the Vancouver Public Library and the National Gallery of Canada, and Renzo Piano on the New York Times Building.

      She has previously won the highest honours from the International Federation of Landscape Architects and the American Society of Landscape Architects.

      Every year, the Mayor's Arts Awards grants a $2,500 prize to established artists in numerous categories. They, in turn, can select an emerging artist in their field, who also receives a $2,500 award.

      The winners are chosen by juries of their peers, which are brought together by the Alliance for Arts and Culture. 

      Below, you can see the winners; the emerging artists' names are in parentheses.

      Craft and design: Dominque Brechault, goldsmith (Urszula, jeweller at Zula Jewelry + Design)

      Culinary arts: Eric Pateman, founder of Edible Canada (Jackie Kai Ellis, owner Beaucoup Bakery)

      Film and new media: Cari Green, producer of The Corporation and Scared Sacred (Arun Fryer, director of #occupyvancity)

      Literary arts: George Fetherling, author, poet, and essayist (Rahat Kurd, poet and prose writer)

      Visual arts: Myfanwy MacLeod, visual artist (Derek Brunen, photographer, video-artist, sculptor, and performance artist)

      Public art: Ken R. Lum, creator of Monument for East Vancouver and numerous other works (Rebecca Bayer, artist-in-residence at Hadden Park Field House)

      Community engaged arts: Patti Fraser, co-artistic director of The Housing Matters Media Project (Kim Villagante, hip-hop artist and founder of the Main Street Art Collective)

      Dance: Karen Jamieson, founder of Karen Jamieson Dance (Josh Martin, co-artistic director of 605 Collective)

      Music: Peggy Lee, cellist and composer (Cole Schmidt, composer and curator of weekly series NoSchMo)

      Theatre: Patrick McDonald, artistic director of Green Thumb Theatre (Kyle Jespersen, actor and playwright)

      Supporters of the arts are also included in the awards. Winners in the following categories receive a certificate.

      Philanthropy: Anndraya Luui

      Volunteerism: Merle Smith

      Business support: BMO Financial Group

      Arts board member of the year: Mo Dhaliwal

      Robertson will present the awards at a ceremony at the Telus World of Science on November 22.