VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwired - Nov. 18, 2014) -

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Hon. Coralee Oakes, Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development and Keith Mitchell, Chair of the BC Achievement Foundation presented four BC applied artists and designers with BC Creative Achievement Awards for Applied Art & Design this evening.

"Creative entrepreneurship is alive and well in British Columbia," said Mitchell. "We can and should be proud of our applied artists and designers who create and market their work that has a practical function. Tonight's honourees are outstanding examples of the flourishing creative economy in our Province."

Honoured with 2014 Carter Wosk BC Creative Achievement Awards this evening were:

Jim Barnum of Vancouver, a lifelong skateboarder who has developed an internationally-recognized skateboard park design practice;

Tania Gleave of Vancouver, a graduate of Emily Carr University and Capilano College known for her strong, bold and elegant jewellery design;

Marie Khouri of Vancouver who blends art and design in her furniture creations that are both sculptural and functional.

The above artists were selected by jury members Sam Carter, professor emeritus at Emily Carr University of Art and Design; Joanna Staniskis, internationally recognized textile designer and 2007 BC Creative Achievement Award of Distinction winner, Professor Jack Lohman, CEO, Royal BC Museum, Victoria, BC and Rob Johnston, development and product designer and 2009 recipient of a BC Creative Achievement Award.

The 2014 BC Creative Achievement Award of Distinction was presented to Judson Beaumont, founder of Straight Line Designs who is internationally-known for his whimsical, imaginative, masterful, colourful, expressive and functional furniture designs.

The Carter Wosk British Columbia Creative Achievement Awards for Applied Art and Design are named in honour of B.C. philanthropist, academic and visionary Dr. Yosef Wosk, whose financial support makes these awards possible and for Sam Carter, B.C. educator, designer and curator.

Recipients of this evening's awards as well as those from 2005 - 2013 will be showcased at Canada House in London, England in 2015 as part of a tenth anniversary celebration of BC applied art and design and in conjunction with London Design Week.

Detailed information about the award winners is available on BC Achievement Foundation's website at

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Contact Information:

Nora Newlands
Executive Director
BC Achievement Foundation