Alumni Success Stories

2014 Mayor's Arts Awards

Posted: Wed, 2014-10-01 09:04

The 2014 Mayor’s Arts Awards have been announced and will take place October 7 at the Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre.

Erdem Taşdelen Receives Pachter Prize

Erdem Taşdelen | I Wish To Be Absorbed, 2010
Posted: Tue, 2014-09-30 12:26

The University is proud to announce that Erdem Taşdelen (MAA '10 and current sessional faculty member), is the recipient of a Charles Pachter Prize!

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Martha Sturdy Unveils Wearable Sculpture Line

Martha Sturdy | Resin Square Bracelet
Posted: Mon, 2014-09-29 11:41

Alumna Martha Sturdy returns to her roots with a newly-launched collection of wearable sculpture. 

After graduating from Emily Carr in 1978, Sturdy went on to gain international reputation as her bold, iconic wearable sculptures made their way onto the pages of ELLE, Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, and onto runways such as Donna Karan, Oscar de la Renta, and Marc Jacobs.

Kevin Eastwood Explores Life and Death in the VGH Emergency Room

Scene from ER | Image courtesy Knowledge Network, Erich Saide
Posted: Mon, 2014-09-22 14:26

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.

Kevan Funk Returns to TIFF 14 with the World Premiere of Bison

Posted: Mon, 2014-09-22 14:18

Award-winning filmmaker Kevan Funk ('11) debuts his next short, Bison, at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). 

From the TIFF site: Set on a rural Saskatchewan ranch during the annual branding season, Bison follows a young man who heads to the country for a guys’ weekend, but is profoundly unsettled after he makes a disturbing discovery. Kevan Funk’s follow-up to Yellowhead is a disquieting study of the continued colonization of the West.

Alumna Suzy Kim Receives NYC Permanent Public Art Commission

Suzy Taekyung Kim poses with a recent painting
Posted: Mon, 2014-09-22 14:09

Suzy Taekyung Kim (’03) has been awarded a commission by Percent for Art (Percent), the New York City Permanent Public Art Installation program funded by the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs. Suzy’s work will grace an entrance wall in a building, with an expected installation date of 2016.

Suzy shares, “It is an honor for me to be a part of NYC public art collection among highly established NYC artists. It will hopefully to encourage painting graduates to appreciate our fine art program at Emily Carr.”

Alumnus Tim Barber's Photography Graces New Elton John Album

Posted: Mon, 2014-09-22 14:08

Alumnus Tim Barber's ('03) photography has been selected as the cover for Elton John's upcoming album, The Diving Board, by none other than the man himself.

Barber's work was introduced by a mutual photographer friend; John is an avid art collector, and is believed to have one of the largest private photography collections in the world.

Says Barber, "Elton John phoned me himself, which was really a surreal moment. He introduced himself and asked me about the image and talked about the idea of using it for the cover."

Douglas Coupland | everywhere is anywhere is anything is everything

Douglas Coupland
Posted: Mon, 2014-09-22 13:51

Douglas Coupland: everywhere is anywhere is anything is everything is the first major museum exhibition of the artist’s work and will be presented at the Vancouver Art Gallery from May 31 – September 1, 2014. Deftly capturing the spirit of the age—or, as the artist refers to it, “the 21st century condition”—Douglas Coupland’s ideas are often encountered on the written page. But the themes he explores in his writing have appeared in his artwork as early as the 1980s when he was a student at the Emily Carr College of Art & Design, (Class of '84).

Stan Douglas | Scotiabank Photography Award

Stan Douglas
Posted: Mon, 2014-09-22 13:44

Congratulations to alumnus Stan Douglas ('82), who was named the recipient of the Scotiabank Photography Award, which is given annually to Canadian contemporary photographer. In addition to a cash prize of $50,000, Douglas will have a solo exhibition at the CONTACT Photography Festival in Toronto next year, and a collection of Douglas’ work will be published internationally.

Read more at CBC.ca.

Naufus Ramirez-Figueroa's Work Featured on Limited Edition illy Cup Collection

Posted: Thu, 2014-09-18 09:14

A limited-edition illy cup collection will go on sale this week in the US and its purpose goes beyond sipping beautiful espressos and cappuccinos to relaying a message about coffee-growing communities and sustainable coffee production around the world, while also supporting creative artists in coffee producing countries with an opportunity to have their work seen by millions of people.

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