VANCOUVER, May 22 /CNW/ - Nam Duc Nguyen will be recognized May 23rd as
the 2008 Joseph Plaskett Foundation Award winner in a ceremony at the Emily
Carr Institute of Art and Design. Joseph Plaskett will be on hand to present
the award and to launch the First Five Years Winners' Exhibition, which runs
from May 24 to June 5, 2008 at the Concourse Gallery at Emily Carr.
"We are very pleased to showcase the work of Nam Duc Nguyen and the
previous outstanding Canadian graduate student painters who have received the
prestigious Joseph Plaskett Award: Todd Tremeer, Ehryn Torrell, Jennifer
Lefort and Mark Neufeld," said John Vogel, member of the board of the Joseph
Plaskett Foundation. "We are also pleased to announce our new relationship
working with the BC Achievement Foundation who will administer and present the
annual Plaskett award. The Joseph Plaskett Foundation is privileged to be
affiliated with the BC Achievement Foundation whose mandate is the celebration
of excellence in the arts, humanities and community service through provincial
and national programs."
Nam Duc Nguyen, this year's winner, received his Bachelor of Fine Arts
from Emily Carr in 2005, and his Masters in Fine Arts from NSCAD University in
2008. Much of his work reflects popular culture and urban areas, seen through
a kaleidoscope-type lens, which as Nguyen says, "reconstructs reality, (and)
implies the possibility of endless transformative states."
What led Joe Plaskett to develop this award? In his own words, "It is
because of love, love of many things and people. First it is love of my
country, Canada...secondly there is my love of art...thirdly there is my love
of youth, and a fourth love is my love of Europe, a continent that is a
treasury of great art." Plaskett continues "All that is happening in art is
part of a process of exploration and discovery. I hope to live for a few more
years so that I can catch glimpses of the oncoming future."
The Joseph Plaskett award was established in 2004, by Joe Plaskett,
providing $25,000 to support a graduate Canadian painting student to travel
and/or study art in Europe for one year. Canadian students presently studying
for a Master of Fine Arts degree, or who attained an MFA in the year of
application, in the field of painting, are eligible to apply.
For more information on the Joseph Plaskett Foundation please see
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For further information: Media Contact: Nora Newlands, Executive
Director, BC Achievement Foundation, (604) 618-6949