Jane Graham Memorial Award Shared by Two Local Artists
Guelph, ON – November 11, 2015 – Guelph Arts Council is pleased to announce that the 2015 Jane Graham Memorial Award will be shared by two local artists, Daniel Robinson and Katie Hebert. Both artists live and work in Guelph, and submitted requests for assistance to pursue specialized professional development opportunities.
Daniel is a filmmaker who recently created Nestor, his first feature film, a “one-man movie” that, from pre-production to marketing, was created solely by him. His request for assistance was to help cover the costs for attending the upcoming Whistler Film Festival where his film will be screened and where he has been invited to participate in a question-and-answer session about it. The jury recognized that this event would offer Daniel an excellent opportunity to leverage his film to other festivals and to gain valuable feedback both for his current film and for future projects. It would serve as the obvious next step in his artistic development.
Katie describes herself as an image-based artist who experiments with photography and other forms of visual expression. She sought assistance to attend a specially-created three-day workshop with an experienced tintype photographer in Toronto. The jury agreed that this learning experience would allow her to pursue her longstanding goal of creating tintype portraits and setting up her own studio/darkroom space. She has always been drawn to the “hauntingly beautiful, silvery” result of a tintype (direct positive, no negative) one-of-a-kind photograph.
Both Guelph Arts Council and the jury panel were extremely pleased with the applications for the 2015 Jane Graham Memorial Award, the range of artistic media represented, the varied career stages of artists and the range of professional development opportunities being sought. Their stories were all inspirational, and making decisions this year was very challenging.
Established in memory of local artist Jane Graham following her untimely death in March 2005, the Guelph Arts Council Jane Graham Memorial Fund is managed by The Guelph Community Foundation. As a result, Guelph Arts Council is annually able to assist visual artists residing and actively practising in Guelph or Wellington County, helping them to pursue professional development opportunities that will contribute to individual personal artistic growth.
About Guelph Arts Council:
For forty years, Guelph Arts Council has been dedicated to supporting, stimulating and promoting arts and culture in Guelph. Guelph Arts Council is funded in part by The Guelph Community Foundation and City of Guelph. We also acknowledge the support of the Ontario Arts Council (OAC), an agency of the Government of Ontario, which last year funded 1,737 individual artists and 1,095 organizations in 223 communities across Ontario for a total of $52.1 million.
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