Guelph, ON – August 24, 2015 – In memory of Guelph visual artist Jane Graham, the Guelph Arts Council
offers an annual award to a regional visual artist(s) to pursue professional development opportunities. The 2015
application deadline is Friday, September 25 at 4 pm. Any visual artist residing and actively practicing in
Guelph or Wellington County is encouraged to apply for opportunities that will be pursued after November 15,
2015. The award’s terms of reference and application instructions are posted at guelpharts.ca/gac-awardsbursaries.
The award(s) will be announced in late fall 2015.
Jane Graham was a much loved and respected visual artist who lived and worked in the Guelph area for many
years prior to her untimely death early in 2005. Working closely with the Graham family, later the same year the
Guelph Arts Council established a fund with donations made in Jane’s memory. The fund is managed by The
Guelph Community Foundation. With annual fund revenue, the Guelph Arts Council offers this award, now in
its tenth year, to support artists who wish to pursue opportunities that will contribute to personal artistic growth.
Annually, Guelph Arts Council appoints a volunteer award jury with representatives from the local visual arts
community, Guelph Arts Council, the Graham family, and The Guelph Community Foundation. The jury
reviews the applications and selects the award recipient(s).
Ceramic artist and photographer Bunny Safari was the 2014 recipient of the Jane Graham Memorial Award. The
award allowed her to attend a workshop on historical photography techniques, with the goal of combining those
processes with her ceramic work. Over the years, other award recipients have included an artist blacksmith,
printmaker, multidisciplinary artist, bead artist, art quilter, and painters utilizing several different approaches. All
of these individuals have indicated that the award helped them take their artistic work to the next level.
For forty years, Guelph Arts Council has been dedicated to supporting, stimulating and promoting arts and
culture in Guelph. Guelph Arts Council is funded in part by The Guelph Community Foundation and City of
Guelph. We also acknowledge the support of the Ontario Arts Council (OAC), an agency of the Government
of Ontario, which last year funded 1,737 individual artists and 1,095 organizations in 223 communities across
Ontario for a total of $52.1 million.