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UBC-624x468Expressing one’s creativity may be its own reward, but one fortunate visual arts student at UBC Okanagan will now receive added encouragement thanks to the support of the Blenk family, the developers of Wilden. The Wilden Creativity Award will go to a graduating student—Bachelor of Fine Arts or Master of Fine Arts—in UBC Okanagan’s Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies (FCCS) Visual Arts program whose work reflects a high level of expertise and accomplishment. The award includes $2,500 and an exhibition at the Wilden Presentation Centre at 132 Sky Court, Kelowna. “We wanted to recognize the creative minds and talents of emerging Okanagan artists, individuals who display the courage, originality, and passion to break out of established patterns of seeing, who offer new and insightful perspectives on the world,” says Wilden director and co-creator of the award, Karin Eger-Blenk. “This courage is what’s needed to bring about positive change.” FCCS announced the creation of the Wilden Creativity Award at its annual “Art on the Line” gala and fundraiser in February. The recipient, and two finalists, will be named at the students’ graduation gala on April 26. “We are immensely grateful to Wilden and the Blenk family for this wonderful award,” says Ashok Mathur, Head of Creative Studies in the FCCS. “There are so few of these types of awards for our students, and this will be the largest. It rewards talented emerging artists for perseverance in their artistic endeavours and commitment to the development of their artistic talent, while being an empowering gesture of support as they launch their artistic careers.” The three finalists will exhibit their work for 1 month from June 7th, 2015, in the Wilden Showhome in 132 Skyland Drive. Photo above: UBC Okanagan Deputy Vice Chancellor and Principal Deborah Buszard, along with Wilden graphic designer Michael Eger and director Karin Eger-Blenk, celebrate the announcement of the new Wilden award at the FCCS Art on the Line event, along with Dr. Michelle Periera, and UBC President Arvind Gupta.