Largest Individual Gift Received by the University
VANCOUVER, March 7, 2013 /CNW/ - Michael Audain's $5-million gift to
Emily Carr, through the Audain Foundation for the Visual Arts, will
create an enhanced visual arts learning environment offering a
studio-based education reflective of the diversity and complexity of
contemporary art. The Audain School of Visual Arts will be a cornerstone for the new Emily Carr Great Northern Way Campus.
The School will be a space where future generation of artists will have
the facilities, tools and opportunity to gain the knowledge they need
to meet and exceed their potential as visionaries. It will encompass
the Faculty of Visual Art + Material Practice and house studio-based
areas of study, including Painting, Ceramics, Print Media,
Illustration, Photography, Sculpture and Drawing. It will attract and
inspire the very best visual arts practitioners from around the world,
and will be a global centre for transforming artistic paradigms.
"Emily Carr University of Art + Design is indisputably the best art
school in Canada and a major reason why Vancouver has become such an
internationally important centre for visual arts over the last few
decades," says Michael Audain. "With this grant from our family
foundation, I'm helping to kick off Emily Carr University's capital
campaign. We hope that individuals and businesses quickly climb aboard
with their support."
"Michael's extraordinary contribution to Emily Carr is a testament to
the importance of art and the artist in creating vibrant and thriving
communities," says Dr. Ron Burnett, President + Vice-Chancellor, Emily
Carr. "This historic support is a transformational gift that moves us
one step closer to our new state-of-the-art campus at Great Northern
Way and we are grateful to Michael for his vision and generosity."
The Faculty of Visual Art + Material Practice is world-renowned for
fostering leading international artistic talent — putting Vancouver and
Canada on the map. Alumni and faculty work is exhibited and held in the
collections of galleries such as the National Art Gallery of Canada,
Vancouver Art Gallery, National Gallery London, Museum of Modern Art,
New York, and Tate Modern, UK. Award-winning alumni include: Marianne
Nicholson, Attila Richard Lukacs, Corin Sworn, Brian Jungen, Gareth
Moore, Gordon Smith, Geoffrey Farmer, Angela Grossmann, Steven Shearer,
and Sonny Assu.
Distinguished faculty members are responsive to key trends in
contemporary practice and are constantly developing and challenging
themselves through research initiatives, exhibitions in Canada and
abroad, participation in high profile events and professional
activities. Select faculty include: Marian Penner Bancroft,
Photographer; Paul Mathieu, Ceramicist; Landon Mackenzie, Visual
Artist; Ben Reeves, Visual Artist; Dr. Ruth Beer, Visual Artist and Liz
Magor, Visual Artist (alumna).
The gift is in addition to a commitment made last year by Mr. Audain to
establish the Audain Distinguished Artist in Residence Program that
will launch in Fall 2013.
About Emily Carr University of Art + Design
Emily Carr University of Art + Design, established in 1925, is a world
leader in education and research. Encouraging experimentation at the
intersection of art, design, media and technology, our learning
community merges research, critical theory and studio practice in an
interdisciplinary environment. Alumni and faculty are internationally
recognized as award-winning creators and thought leaders who have
enormous impact on both the cultural sector and economy. We engage
students, industry, and society to continuously explore and think
differently about creativity and how it shapes our world. Emily Carr is
building a state-of-the art campus for 21st century learning at Great Northern Way. The University will be at the
centre of a new social, cultural, educational, and economic engine for
British Columbia. Find out more at ecuad.ca.
About Michael Audain
Michael Audain is the chairman of Polygon Homes Ltd., one of BC's
leading home builders. He currently serves as Chair of the Vancouver
Art Gallery Foundation and the Audain Foundation for the Visual Arts.
He is past Chair of the National Gallery of Canada, the Vancouver Art
Gallery and a former member of the British Columbia Arts Council.
Awarded three honorary doctorate degrees, he is an officer of the Order
of Canada, a member of the Order of British Columbia and the recipient
of a Business Laureate of the British Columbia Hall of Fame.
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