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Alan Syliboy (Mi'kmaq)

Alan Syliboy is an artist from the Millbrook First Nation of Nova Scotia whose work is inspired by Mi'kmaq rock drawing and quill weaving. Syliboy, a painter, ceramicist, and sculptor, was awarded the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal for artistic achievement in 2002. One of his most recent projects, a 96-foot mural commissioned by the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Committee, was also a finalist in the Lt. Governor’s Masterworks Art Award competition. Also on view at the Winter Games was the film project Vistas, which commissioned Syliboy’s animated short Little Thunder (2009). The film was screened at the 2010 Giffoni International Film Festival in Giffoni Valle Piana, Italy, and received the Best Animation Film prize at the 2010 First Peoples Festival in Montreal.

Syliboy studied privately with Maliseet artist Shirley Bear and later attended the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in Halifax. His work has been shown in numerous exhibitions at home and abroad and can be found in private, corporate, and public collections. Live at North Street Church, the CD produced by Syliboy’s band, Lone Cloud, won the 2010 East Coast Music Award for Aboriginal Recording of the Year for Nova Scotia. Syliboy resides on the Millbrook First Nation near Truro, Nova Scotia.

Work featured: Little Thunder