Alumni Success Stories

Herzog, Reece + Totino | Audain Prize + VIVA Awards

Posted: Thu, 2014-04-10 16:16

Noted photographer and Emily Carr Honourary Doctorate recipient Fred Herzog has been honoured with the Audain Prize for the Visual Arts for lifetime achievement. Awarded annually by the Audain Foundation, the award is worth $30,000.

Fred Herzog has been active in Vancouver's art scene for more than forty years. Born in Germany, he came to Vancouver in 1953. Since that time, he has produced a substantial body of photographs, taking urban life in Vancouver -second-hand shops, vacant lots, neon signage and the crowds of people who have populated the city's streets over the past fifty years-as his primary subject.

Elizabeth Zvonar | I Really do Believe the Best Thing a Person can do with Themselves is to Expand Their Mind

Root Chakra | Elizabeth Zvonar
Posted: Mon, 2014-04-07 09:40

Gallery 295 is pleased to present new work by Elizabeth Zvonar ('01) .

Elizabeth Zvonar combines new collage work with photographs she has been taking that resemble constructed collage yet are genuine images taken with a camera. The collage images layer contemporary fashion spreads with nebulae implying the body is one in a vast sea of stars. The photographs interspersed throughout the exhibition ground and confuse the constructed images through the improbable reflections and refractions of colour, light and nature within our built world, abstracting how we understand what we’re seeing.

Stan Douglas: Synthetic Pictures | Presentation House Gallery

Stan Douglas, "2012_0290", 2013, inkjet print, courtesy the artist, David Zwirner Gallery.
Posted: Thu, 2014-03-20 12:48

Presentation House Gallery is proud to launch Stan Douglas: Synthetic Pictures, an exhibition of new photographs by world-renowned Vancouver artist and Emily Carr alumnus Stan Douglas ('82).

His complex artworks interpret the social impact of optical technologies. Frequently borrowing from popular culture and literary sources, Douglas examines the legacies of modernity and historical narratives of socio-cultural events through photographs, film and installation.

Kevin Eastwood Explores Life and Death in the VGH Emergency Room

Scene from ER | Image courtesy Knowledge Network, Erich Saide
Posted: Fri, 2014-02-28 17:03

Alumnus Kevin Eastwood (’99) is an award winning filmmaker who has worked on everything from dark comedies (Fido, the 2007 movie about a boy and his pet zombie), to TV biopics (2008’s Elijah), to documentaries dealing with serious global issues (Eco-Pirate: The Story of Paul Watson in 2011, and Oil Sands Karaoke in 2013). These projects, and the many others to his credit, have found critical, commercial and financial success and made Kevin a sought-after producer and director. Still, the unprecedented success of his latest project, Emergency Room: Life and Death at VGH, exceeded all his expectations.

Alumni Contribute to the YVR Community with Free Transit App

Posted: Fri, 2014-02-28 10:38

Commute App™ is a simple and innovative real-time transit app that aims to make your daily commute an enjoyable experience.

Last year, Communication Design alumni Alvin Kwan and Vince Lo (’11), along with Ben Wu (SFU), decided to get together, pool their talents and come up with a project that would contribute to their community. The catch ─ they had to come up with something with a zero-dollar budget.

Geoffrey Farmer | The Grass and the Banana go for a walk

Posted: Thu, 2014-01-30 10:39

Be sure to catch alumnus Geoffrey Farmer's ('92) latest solo exhibition, The Grass and the Banana go for a walk, opening at Catriona Jeffries, February 7.

Farmer is the recipient of the 2013 Gershon Iskowitz Prize, and has a forthcoming retrospective at the Vancouver Art Gallery slated for 2015.

Catriona Jeffries Gallery
February 8 - March 15, 2014
Opening Reception | February 7, 2014, 7 - 9pm


Alumna Corin Sworn Receives Prestigious Max Mara Art Prize for Women

Corin Sworn | Image courtesy Alan Dimmick
Posted: Fri, 2014-01-24 11:48

Glasgow-based Canadian artist and alumna Corin Sworn ('02) has been named the winner of the Max Mara Art Prize for Women, (January 23, 2014).

The prize includes a six-month residency in Italy, followed by two major solo exhibitions at the Whitechapel Gallery in London and Collezione Maramotti near Milan.

Her winning proposal is said to "reflect her continued interest in exploring storie around migration" through a focus on the rich history of costuming at the Commedia dell'Arte, and touring Italian acting troupes from the 16th centruy onwards.

Emily Carr Alumni Launch Yew Wood Shop

Posted: Wed, 2013-11-13 17:46

You may have seen their work during last year’s Eastside Culture Crawl, when the talent located in the shop space within the House of Doors building first opened for public viewing, showcasing a newly unified community of industrial designers. After a year of growth and restructuring, the current residents— which include four Emily Carr alumni—have revamped the space and rebranded the building as the Yew Wood Shop.

“Last year’s Crawl was an experiment for us. This year our goal is to show our growth, both in our business and creative capabilities, and give people a reason to come back,” says Pat Christie, shop manager.

Alumnus Farhez Rayani Talks About his Time at ECU

Posted: Fri, 2013-11-08 12:05


Farhez Rayani ('10), talks about his time at Emily Carr and the career path that led him to his current position as Lighting Technical Director for Pixar Animation Studios.

"Some opportunities are found, others can be made".

Calculated risks, working to carve out one's own path, being open to new possibilities and a willingness to become a beginner again, are things that I have found invaluable.

Alumni Stories | Lisa Fraser

Posted: Tue, 2013-10-22 11:47

Emily Carr presents the next installment in our series of Alumni Stories ─  celebrating the success of our graduates.

An evolution of her award-winning undergraduate thesis project (including the prestigious Red Dot Concept Award), Lisa Fraser's ('10) Snug Vest is changing the lives of children and their families.

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