TRU alumni among arts awards nominees

Andrew Cooper, seen during an X Fest show in 2015 (left), and Kathleen Lochhead, seen at her exhibit at Padlock Studios in 2016 (right), were both nominated along with Robin Hodgson, co-creator of Padlock Studios, for awards for Mayor’s Gala of the Arts Awards. (File photos)

Andrew Cooper, seen during an X Fest show in 2015 (left), and Kathleen Lochhead, seen at her exhibit at Padlock Studios in 2016 (right), were both nominated along with Robin Hodgson, co-creator of Padlock Studios, for awards for Mayor’s Gala of the Arts Awards. (File photos)

Three TRU alumni are among the nominees for the Mayor’s Gala of the Arts Awards, given annually to emerging and established artists in the city of Kamloops.

The three TRU alumni are Robin Hodgson (Bachelor of Fine Arts, 2013), Kathleen Lochhead (Bachelor of Fine Arts, 2016) and Andrew G. Cooper (Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Arts).

Hodgson, the co-creator and operator of Padlock Studios & Gallery in downtown Kamloops was named a nominee for best emerging artist for the awards. Hodgson found a space to create his surrealist oil paintings and accommodate other artists, by opening Padlock Studios earlier this year.

Lochhead, who recently had an exhibit at Padlock Studios, was also named as a nominee for best emerging artist. She’s an abstract painter and printmaker, who had some of her undergrad work purchased by TRU for the program’s permanent collection.

Among the three alumni, only Cooper was also named a finalist – in his case, for Artist of the Year. In the performing arts, Cooper often performed in TRU’s Actors Workshop Theatre and the TRU Drama and Theatre (TRUDAT) club. In 2013, he wrote The Untold Tales of the Brothers Grimm, and has appeared in a number of plays both on and off campus. He’s been involved with Project X Theatre, Western Canada Theatre and is the artistic director for Chimera Theatre. He was also nominated for best new play and best comedy at the Victoria Fringe Festival in 2015.

The gala and awards ceremony will take place on Jan. 21, 2017 at the Coast Kamloops Hotel & Conference Centre. Tickets are available at mayorsgalaforthearts.com.