Guyanese artist Bernadette Persaud has been inducted into the Caribbean Hall of Fame for Excellence 2012.
The ceremony, held on November 23, by the Caribbean Development for the Arts, Sports and Culture Foundation in association with the Caribbean Community, took place at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel. Bernadette was awarded for her contribution in art.
The foundation recognises the development of the arts, sports and culture in the Caribbean and encourages the natural genius of Caribbean people to reach the highest level. According to the
foundation, induction into the Hall of Fame is in recognition of the notable contribution made by those who have achieved excellence in arts, sports and culture, and it is not influenced nor determined by factors of race, colour, religion, sex or political affiliation.
Bernadette Persaud, who has been conferred with the national honour – the Arrow of Achievement – first gained national recognition in 1985 when she became the first woman to win the National Visual Arts exhibition. She has exhibited widely, in the USA, UK, Canada, India and the Caribbean. She taught at the Burrowes School of Art and was later a senior lecturer at the University of Guyana. She is now retired. Her art is represented in the National Collection and several private and corporate collections at home and abroad.