The Guelph Arts Council is looking for a few, good awards recipients.
2013 GUELPH ARTS COUNCIL JANE GRAHAM MEMORIAL AWARD:CALL FOR APPLICATIONS TO SUPPORT PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES FOR VISUAL ARTISTS RESIDING AND PRACTISING IN GUELPH AND WELLINGTON COUNTYGuelph, ON July 23, 2013-- Guelph Arts Council is now inviting applications for the Jane Graham Memorial Award. This award provides funding to a selected visual artist residing and actively practising in Guelph or Wellington County and who can demonstrate a commitment to professional artistic development. Specific activities considered include any course, conference, apprenticeship, field trip, or other professional development learning experience that can be shown to contribute to the personal artistic growth of the applicant artist. The amount of the award varies each year depending on the income earned by the fund, however for 2013, up to $500 is available for awarding. The winner will be appointed by a jury consisting of one or more local visual artists, one representative from the Guelph Arts Council, one representative from the Guelph Community Foundation, and, if the family so desires, one representative from the Graham family. The application deadline for this award is September 20th, 2013 at 4:00pm. Decisions will be made and awards announced in the fall of 2013.The Jane Graham Memorial Award was created in 2006 in memory of Jane Graham, a much-loved and respected visual artist living and working in the Guelph area prior to her untimely death in 2005. Upon receiving donations in her memory, Guelph Arts Council created the Jane Graham Memorial Fund at The Guelph Community Foundation. Every year, Guelph Arts Council presents the award to a deserving artist from the income earned on the fund. To date, awards have been presented to local ceramic artist Chris Hierlihy in 2006, blacksmith Graeme Sheffield in 2007, painter Janet Stanley in 2008, figurative painter Meredith Blackmore in 2009 and printmaker Julie Nieuwenkamp and visual artist Carolyn Meili in 2010. Last year, local quilter Dahlia Clark was presented with the award money which she used to enroll in a course titled Working in a Series with Colorado teacher Lisa Call.Applicants must complete the required application form available from the Guelph Arts Council office or from www.guelpharts.ca/guelphartscouncil.