Awards

Each year, Design & Visual Arts graduating students work towards building a comprehensive body of work, with a focus on exploration of composition, media, techniques, and concept. 

We are so proud of this year’s class of Design + Visual Arts students. Their hard work and perserverance to grow and develop their work is evident in the impressive display here tonight. This of course is aided through a huge support system of family, friends, mentors and faculty. As a faculty who is privileged to work with you students, I want to thank you for everything - thanks for rising to the many challenges presented, and for inspiring us with your hard work, dedication, and talent. You have made a huge impression, and have raised the bar for graduating classes in the future.

Further to the support our students receive from Cambrian College, we are very pleased to offer our Design + Visual Arts students the opportunity to have work purchased and to be awarded bursaries for this program. We are very proud to present this year’s awards and bursaries:

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​Outstanding Emerging Artist
This year’s winner has demonstrated a high level of professionalism, strong work ethic, and art community outreach. This student’s passion for their craft and story-telling is clear in the work demonstrated. This student has demonstrated a high level of growth in the program and in technique. We are very proud to present this year’s bursary to:
Gaurav Saini
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President's Award
This is a purchase award for student work based on selection from the President's Office. This year’s award winner is:
Madison Kotyluk
"Kivi”

24”x36”

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Board of Governors' Awards
This is a purchase award for student work based on selection from the President's Office. This year’s award winners are:
Reshma Nair
“My Small Little Paper Boats”
16”x20”

Sabrina Leonard

“Abandoned”

11”x14”

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President's Collection Award
This is a purchase award for student work based on selection from the President's Office. This year’s award winner is:
Reshma Nair
“My First Winter”

11”x14”

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Westby + Neufeld Collection
This is a purchase award for student work based on selection for the private collection of Johanna Westby and Richard Neufeld. This year’s award winner is:

Madison Kotyluk
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Messages from Faculty:

From Richard: 

Well, congratulations graduates!

Both your first and second years were years like no other. Overnight your cohort initiated our pivot to virtual; you spent the whole second year isolated from your peers for the most part, and while we all made the best of a tough situation, losing that opportunity for communal creative work and shared experiences was the biggest loss. Perhaps though, it conditioned you for the challenges of what is an often solitary practice - this art making we do. Now in the absence of assigned prompts and deadlines, you’ll have to find the personal motivation to continue to explore media and concepts and build your body of work & ideas. Rest and play a while now - you’ve earned it, but don’t take too long a break... keep the creative fire burning, for once it goes cold and there is no flame to fan, it can be a devil of a time to rekindle. Isn’t that inspirational! Go forth and create!

From Johanna: 

Congratulations, Graduating class of 2021!

You have all overcome great challenges to be here today, and it has been my privilege to have been part of your academic experience. The barriers you have faced have been great, but you navigated through, and your tenacity and dedication will serve you well as you enter the field. As new sets of challenges will present themselves as you enter the world as artists, use the strength you have developed in these strange times to your advantage, and work toward creating great work, artwork which can influence our changing world. It is your opportunity to contribute something meaningful in such uncertain times.

Congratulations, and get to work!