Last year, Levi Nelson was short-listed for the prestigious IDEA Art Award for his piece, Anthropology.
The IDEA Art Award was established in 2009 as a collaboration between the Healing Art Committee at VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation and Emily Carr University of Art and Design. The annual award allows for the purchase of an artwork by an emerging artist that will be displayed within the hospital and will become part of the permanent collection. Each year a specific area of the hospital is selected for the IDEA Art Award’s winning work.
When he didn’t win, he swore to himself that he’d be back in 2018.
And he was successful!
His entry for 2018, “Biology”, won the IDEA art award, and will now be a part of the UBC and VGH permanent art collection which houses such artists as Andy Warhol, Jack Shadbolt, Fred Herzog, Attila Richard Lukacs, Karin Bubaš, and Stephen Waddell.