For Zane Wilcox, art is being creative every day.
As a ceramics major in the Master of Fine Arts program at the University of Regina, Wilcox enjoys seeing the results of his work.
"There's something about creating art on a daily basis that drives me."
Wilcox is not limited to the visual arts when it comes to expressing his creativity.
After growing up on a farm near Stalwart, about 140 kilometres north of Regina, Wilcox earned a diploma in cooking from Vancouver Community College. He then went to the University of British Columbia, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Music degree in compostion. He continued on to SIAST in Prince Albert where he learned about ceramics. He opened a ceramics studio in Saskatoon before deciding to further his professional development as an artist by entering the Master of Fine Arts program at the University of Regina.
Wilcox recently gained recognition for his work from the International Sculpture Center in Hamilton, New Jersey. His sculpture - entitled "Aerodrome" - was one of 15 chosen from 1,200 submissions for the Center's Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award.
"It was a real long shot to win, considering the number of entries. I was confident my work was good, but I really wasn't expecting to win, so I was very surprised," says Wilcox.
Wilcox's sculpture looks something like the wood framing of a house. He says it's a statement about the effect of buildings on people. His describes his sculpture as a demonstration of "peeling back the skin of architecture" to show the underlying structure.
The award winners' sculptures will be on display at the Grounds for Sculpture in Hamilton, New Jersey, from October 16, 2011 to April 8, 2012. Then the sculptures will tour galleries across the USA.
"I think this international recognition reflects well on the Department of Visual Arts at the University of Regina," adds Wilcox.