The Don Wright Memorial Scholarship
Each year, St. Michael’s Printshop invites applications from emerging artists who wish to come to work at St. Michael’s Printshop for one year under the Don Wright Printmaking Scholarship.
First awarded in 1991, the Don Wright Scholarship was established in recognition of visual artist Don Wright for the valuable contribution he made to the development of St. Michael’s Printshop and the visual arts in Newfoundland and Labrador.
We are pleased to announce the arrival of our 2015-2016 Scholar: Michael Ciesielski
Michael Ciesielski is a multitalented emerging artist known for his exploration in the fields of printmaking, film/video and sculpture. Michael’s work draws inspiration from the social expectations of masculinity and his acceptance of his sexual identity.
Michael majored in fine arts at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, with a minor in art history. Courses of interest to him included Feminist Art History, French Art and its Reception and Printmaking in Early Modern Europe. At Queen’s, Michael developed a passion for woodcuts, particularly in the style of master printmaker Albrecht Dürer.
This program offers an emerging artist the opportunity to develop his/her ideas and technical skills in a professional printmaking facility. One scholarship residency is offered each year. In order to qualify, applicants must meet the following minimum requirements:
- Normally reside in Newfoundland and Labrador (or be willing to relocate in order to commit a reasonable amount of time to the scholarship)
- Be recent graduates of a Fine Arts Program of study.
- Must demonstrate technical competence and innovation in the print medium.
Conditions of the Residency
The residency is for a one year duration. Two prints from each edition printed during the residency must be provided to St. Michael’s Printshop. One of these prints will be retained in the Printshop’s Archives, the other is used for fundraising purposes. The scholarship recipient will be expected to offer assistance with various studio activities throughout the year.
Benefits of Scholarship
- Waiving of shop rental fees for 12 months
- $1,000 Artist Fee
- 24-hour access to the Printshop
- Free enrollment in Visiting Artist Workshops
- Exhibition in Gallery space at the end of residency