Weronika Stepien, Lilian Rose Smith + Ryan Stella Nominated for the 2019 Lind Prize

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Posted on May 14, 2019 | Updated August 06, 2019, 9:07AM

The prize honours an emerging BC artist working in film, photography or video.

Established in 2016, the Philip B. Lind Emerging Artist Prize is awarded annually to an emerging BC-based artist working in mediums of film, photography, or video.

This year, ECU alums Weronika Stepien (BFA 2009) and Lilian Rose Smith (BFA 2019) and student Ryan Stella are three of the 11 finalists for the prize, which will be awarded on May 21 at The Polygon Gallery in North Vancouver. The winner will receive $5000 toward the commissioning of a new artwork to be exhibited in 2020 at The Polygon Gallery.

Weronika graduated from the Film, Video + Integrated Media program in 2009. Her new body of work is on view at the Belkin Art Gallery as part of Shores, an exhibition of work by the 2019 graduates of UBC's MFA program. This summer, she will also be teaching in the Emily Carr Junior Art Intensive.

Lilian Rose Smith is an emerging queer Métis photographer from British Columbia, Canada. She graduated from the Photography program this May. Lilian's work has been exhibited in Vancouver, BC including Hot Art Wet City, The Gallery of BC Ceramics, and The Polygon Gallery.

Ryan Stella is a fourth year Photography student. His work can be found on Instagram.

An exhibition of the Lind Prize finalists and their work is on view at the Polygon from May 17 to June 9. Congratulations to all the nominees!