February 2023 marks the beginning of SK Arts' 75th anniversary year. On February 3, 1948, the Saskatchewan Arts Board opened its doors, supporting artists across the province. As we celebrate this milestone, we look to honour the past, the present and the future of the province's vibrant arts community with the We Celebrate You campaign. SK Arts asked 75 established artists to nominate one strong, emerging artist, program or training opportunity that makes the future of Saskatchewan arts exciting.

Lionel Peyachew - Photo is a large metallic bison sculpture in the Calgary Central Library

Photo: Education is the New Buffalo, Lionel Peyachew, at the Calgary Central Library 

Lionel Peyachew

Lionel Auburn Peyachew is from the Red Pheasant First Nations and is an Associate Professor in the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies at First Nations University of Canada. In 2000, Peyachew graduated with an MFA from the University of Calgary and has since been teaching 3D design, 2D design, traditional Indigenous art, and Indigenous art history. Other specialized training includes a BFA in sculpture from the University of Lethbridge and the Alberta College of Art and Design. Peyachew specializes in sculptures, having been awarded several major public commissions since completing his thesis.

Lorne Kequahtooway - Man standing in front of a sculpture in winter.

Photo credit: Lorne Sculpture at Victoria Park - Photo by Wiyanna Big Eagle-Kequahtooway 

Lorne Kequahtooway

Originally from the Treaty 4 area, Zagime Anishnabek, Lorne Kequahtooway is dedicated to sharing and preserving his culture with others in Saskatchewan. Lorne is a co-founder of Buffalo People Arts Institute, where he currently teaches cultural awareness through storytelling and community engagement around an interactive buffalo hide-tanning experience.

“…a promising artist of his time.” – Lionel Peyachew

I nominate Lorne Kequahtooway. Lorne is a student of mine at the First Nations University of Canada. He is one of a few artists I have mentored in the last couple years, and I know that he has all the credentials to become a promising artist of his time.