L-r, Trianna Waclawick, Alejandra Macouzet, and Danny MacDonald
Three StFX students have been recognized for their promise in the visual arts.
Danny MacDonald of Antigonish, NS, Alejandra Macouzet of Gunajuato, Mexico, and Trianna Waclawick of Ottawa, ON have been named 2017 recipients of the Angus F. Macgillivray Art Bursaries, presented to promising young artists for outstanding studio production.
Each student receives a $750 award, named in honour of the late Angus F. Macgillivray, an exceptional artist, teacher and faculty member of the StFX fine arts department. The department also presents one $750 art history prize to a graduating student at spring convocation based on academic achievement.
This year’s Macgillivray jury also awarded two Honorable Mentions, going to Michaella Donovan and Theresa Olson.
The students say they were thrilled to be honoured with this award.
“It feels really good to receive this award as I do want to work as an artist in my career,” says Ms. Macouzet, a fine arts exchange student from Mexico.
“It’s really good for you to feel that you’re doing well, and it’s also good for your CV and your future if you’d like to present your work in big galleries,” she says.
Mr. MacDonald, a third year biology student, who wants to go into biomedical communications and medical illustrations, says he’s encouraged too to be recognized by the award. “It’s good as you’re trying to get into a career. It gives you hope,” he says.
Ms. Waclawick, a first year biology student, said she has always been passionate about drawing. She is enrolled in Drawing 100 this year and hopes to take more art courses in the future.
“I was really excited,” she says on her reaction to the award. “I knew a lot of other good artists applied. Having won is fantastic.”
To be considered for the awards, applicants submit a sketchbook and six finished artworks. Three judges carefully consider all submissions, looking for dedication and active study in the use of the sketchbook as a tool for exploration and problem-solving before creating a finished artwork. The submitted artworks must show a mastery of skill in a variety of art mediums as well as a giving a sense of cohesive artistic vision.
The department’s Annual Showcase of Student Art, running this year from Thursday, March 30 to Friday, April 7, at the StFX Art Gallery in Bloomfield Centre, will feature work from this year’s award recipients as well as pieces from each studio class.
Ms. Macouzet says she is excited by the chance to see other students’ work in the exhibition.