Alumni Success Stories

Richard Heikkilä-Sawan | 2015 BMO 1st Art! Invitational Student Art Competition Regional Winner

Posted: Fri, 2015-07-10 11:55

Alumnus Richard Heikkilä-Sawan ('15) is the British Columbia Regional Winner for the 2015 BMO 1st Art! Invitational Student Art Competition.  

Seeun Kim | Gold Lion at Cannes Lions 2015

Posted: Thu, 2015-06-25 14:02

Emily Carr alumna Seeun Kim ('10) won a Gold Lion at Cannes Lions 2015 for her recent project Look at Me for Samsung.

As a creative art director she worked on the campaign at Cheil Worldwide and developed an app which helps children with autism make eye contact. The campaign which already has won both Silver and Bronze in Mobile this week at Cannes Lions, as well as a Silver Lion in PR.

Sonny Assu | Day School

Gone Copper!  (Giving It All Away) Copper and wood  22 x 31 in. 2015. Sonny Assu
Posted: Thu, 2015-06-18 12:41

Equinox Gallery presents Day School, a new exhibition of work by Sonny Assu ('02). Sonny Assu is currently a Masters Candidate in Fine Arts at Concordia University in Montreal. This exhibition marks his return to Vancouver and is his fourth solo exhibition with Equinox Gallery.

Gabrielle Strong | 2015 CERAM-AiR Artist-in-Residence

Gabrielle Strong, Lost in the Process
Posted: Thu, 2015-06-04 14:22

Gabrielle Strong ('15) is the 2015 CERAM-AiR Artist-in-Residence at the Ceatani Centre in Vernon, BC. The Caetani Centre and the Arts Council of North Okanagan partner to present this residency. The residency invites ceramic and interdisciplinary artists to explore, develop and express thier creative voices by providing time and space for artists to pursue their work. Artists are encouraged to expand their understanding of ceramics and other mediums throughout the residency.

Raymond Boisjoly Shortlisted for 2015 Sobey Art Award

Raymond Boisjoly | Author's Preface
Posted: Thu, 2015-06-04 14:01

Created in 2002 by the Sobey Art Foundation, the Sobey Art Award is Canada’s preeminent award for contemporary Canadian art. The annual $50,000 prize is given to an artist under 40 who has exhibited in a public or commercial art gallery within 18 months of being nominated.

The 2015 Shortlist, announced June 3, 2015, includes alumnus Raymond Boisjoly ('06), representing the West Coast and the Yukon. Raymond is an Indigenous artist of Haida and Quebecois descent from Chilliwack, BC. He has previously taught at Emily Carr as sessional faculty and we're pleased to announce he will join us August 1 as Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Visual Art and Material Practice, Audain School of Visual Arts.

Gabriella Solti | MCBA Prize 2015 Merit Award

Gabriella Solti, The Book of Hours
Posted: Tue, 2015-06-02 17:54

Gabriella Solti’s (’11) artist’s book, The Book of Hours, was awarded the MCBA Prize 2015 Juror's Special Recognition of Merit Award. The book will be exhibited at the Minnesota Center for Book Arts from July 17 to August 3, 2015 alongside with the other honoured works.  

The Book of Hours is a unique, 120 page codex that expresses the artist’s personal values relating to labour. The pages of the books are hand sanded chromium oxide and silicon carbide microfinishing films - surfaces that are extremely hard to erase -, interwoven with hand coloured frosted mylar and meticulously bound into a codex.  

Elizabeth Zvonar | The Challenge of Abstraction

Posted: Tue, 2015-06-02 09:01

Working in both collage and sculpture, Elizabeth Zvonar’s ('01) work utilizes strategies of aesthetic seduction and sex often found in advertising as a means of teasing out a possible metaphysical or supernatural undercurrent. THE CHALLENGE OF ABSTRACTION draws on advertising imagery found in luxury good magazines from an earlier era and fuses it with that found in contemporary fashion magazines. Zvonar’s positioning and iconization of the subject highlights their ability to act as the sacred.

Sean Mills | Transparent Architecture as Support at Burrard Arts Foundation

Sean Mills. White Cube Projection
Posted: Thu, 2015-05-28 19:36

Burrard Arts Foundation is pleased to present recent works by artist-in-residence Sean Mills ('10). Vancouver based artist Sean Mills’ recent practice has seen him meticulously exploring the materiality of paint to test the boundaries of its objectmaking potential. Having graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Emily Carr University of Art & Design in 2010, Mills has been methodically experimenting with the laborious accumulation and layering of material to create sculptures, three-dimensional paintings and works on unconventional surfaces that examine light, space, and time. Occasionally paralleling the concerns of institutional critique, his laborious work addresses ideas of transparency in both a literal and figurative sense.

Janice Kerbel ('94) Nominated for 2015 Turner Prize

Posted: Fri, 2015-05-15 10:43

Alumna Janice Kerbel ('94) has been nominated for the 2015 Turner Prize for her nine part operatic performance work, DOUG, originally commissioned by the Common Guild.

The Turner Prize is awarded to a British artist under 50 for an outstanding exhibition or other presentation of their work in the preceding year. The 2015 Turner Prize exhibition preview will take place September 30, 2015 at Tramway, Glasgow with a final Award Ceremony held on December 7, 2015.

Seven Alumni Named to 2015 Sobey Longlist

Posted: Fri, 2015-05-15 09:55

Created in 2002 by the Sobey Art Foundation, the Sobey Art Award is Canada’s preeminent award for contemporary Canadian art. The annual $50,000 prize is given to an artist under 40 who has exhibited in a public or commercial art gallery within 18 months of being nominated.

The 2015 Longlist includes the following Emily Carr alumni:

West Coast
Fiona Ackerman ('02)
Sonny Assu ('02)
Raymond Boisjoly ('06)
Tiziana La Melia ('08)
Jeremy Shaw ('99)

Prairies and the North
Cedric Bomford ('03)
Kara Uzelman ('04)

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