Meet the 2017 Jurors




Richard Hunt is an internationally acclaimed Victoria-based artist who hails from a family of celebrated artists in the Kwakwaka’wakw nation of coastal British Columbia. Richard began carving with his father at the age of 13, and has since created a diverse body of artwork, including serigraphs, engraved jewelry, wood sculptures and ceremonial works. He also created designs for the Royal Canadian Mint and the 1994 Commonwealth Games.

Richard is the recipient of multiple prestigious awards. He was the first aboriginal artist to receive the Order of British Columbia in 1991, and in 1994 was elected to the Order of Canada. Richard also received the BC Creative Achievement Award for Aboriginal Art in 2009, and has been honoured with two royal medals; the Golden Jubilee medal in 2002 and the Queen’s Jubilee Diamond Medal in 2012. Richard has been recognized by the Royal Academy of the Arts for his outstanding artistic achievements in the visual arts, and has an Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts from the University of Victoria.

Richard’s native name, Gwe-la-yo-gwe-la-gya-lis, means “a man that travels around the world giving.” Through his art, his speaking and his dancing Richard has indeed given much to the world and continues to do so.

Carol Koebbeman is a Victoria artist best known for her contemporary portrait and figurative oil paintings, however her experience covers a variety of other disciplines. She has extensive background in fiber arts, with a focus on sculptural wall pieces and the intricate hand-dyeing technique of ikat; and in woodworking as a designer and teacher.

As an entrepreneur, Carol started and ran her own business intricately manufacturing silk cord, for sale to discerning jewellery artisans. Her 14-year career in woodworking included the creation of studio furniture focused on contemporary design, but using traditional joinery techniques. Her wood art pieces, both functional and decorative, are in international collections. She has filmed online tutorials and has been published in Fine Woodworking Magazine.

Carol has a BFA in Fibre Arts from the Kansas City Art Institute and is an active member of the Federation of Canadian Artists and the Oil Painters of America. She has exhibited her work in Canada and the US, and teaches privately.

Carol is drawn to contemporary ideas and styles. She appreciates authenticity and honesty; which are evident in her creative practice.

Jock Hildebrand is a professional sculptor with a 40-year career and an international reputation for large-scale projects, primarily in stone and bronze.  His creative inspiration stems from an interest in anthropology and ethnology, and in European and Asian modalities.

Having created and installed public artworks throughout Asia, Europe, North and Central America Jock has a gained an understanding of the dynamics of how public art can inspire and transcend language. He has lectured in China about sculpting in the digital age and has worked as a consultant for the Government of Belize to assist with the establishment of a public art collection.

Jock has been a passionate community contributor in the Okanagan Valley through the formation of the Okanagan Thompson International Sculpture Symposium, the Okanagan Arts Awards, and the first Arts Council in West Kelowna. In 2009 he became the recipient of the Central Okanagan Visual Arts Award.

In addition to creating sculpture, Jock is also an accomplished painter in oils, acrylic and watercolor.  In the 1990’s he was cited by Dr. Edward Gibson, Curator at the Simon Fraser University Gallery, as one of the three best watercolor artists on the West Coast.

Jock is a graduate from Emily Carr University. He currently sculpts from his studio, gallery and foundry in Duncan.