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Beau Dick / Walas Gwayum


Celebration of Life

PAST - Sunday, April 30, 2017, 2-4 pm

Museum of Anthropology
6393 NW Marine Drive, UBC

Please join us at a Celebration of Life for Beau Dick on Sunday, April 30, 2017. This public event will take place from 2 to 4 pm at the Museum of Anthropology, with words and actions from Larry Grant, Chief Robert Joseph, Linnea Dick, Anthony Shelton, Scott Watson, Dana Claxton and others.

Beau spent his last years at UBC, working as artist-in-residence since 2013, teacher, colleague and mentor to many. This event is an opportunity for those he impacted on campus and further afield to come together to remember Beau.

This event would not have been possible without the guidance of Beau’s daughter, Linnea Dick and the contributions of Beau’s friends in the following University of British Columbia units: the Museum of Anthropology, Department of Art History, Visual Art, and Theory; the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery; St John’s College; First Nations House of Learning and the Faculty of Forestry. We are grateful to the Audain Foundation for supporting his residency.

Chief Beau Dick, acclaimed as one of the Northwest Coast’s most versatile and talented carvers, was born in Alert Bay, BC where he lived and worked. Reaching out beyond the confines of his own Kwakwaka’wakw culture, Dick explored new formats and techniques in his work, including painting and drawing. His work can be found in private collections as well as museums, including the Canadian Museum of Civilization (Gatineau, QC), the Heard Museum (Phoenix, AZ), the Burke Museum (Seattle, WA), the UBC Museum of Anthropology and the Vancouver Art Gallery. Dick’s work has been exhibited most recently at Documenta 14, Athens (2017), Lalakenis/All Directions: A Journey of Truth and Unity (2016) and Witnesses: Art and Canada’s Indian Residential Schools (2013) at the Belkin Art Gallery, Sakahan: International Indigenous Art (2013) at the National Gallery of Canada, 75 Years of Collecting: First Nations: Myths and Realities (2006) at the Vancouver Art Gallery and Supernatural with Neil Campbell (2004) at the Contemporary Art Gallery (Vancouver). In 2012, Dick received the Jack and Doris Shadbolt Foundation’s VIVA Award for Visual Arts. From 2013 to his passing in 2017, Dick was Artist-in-Residence at the UBC Department of Art History, Visual Art and Theory, with his studio in the Audain Art Centre.

For further information please contact: Jana Tyner at,
tel: (604) 822-1389, or fax: (604) 822-6689