May 17, 2011 (Calgary, Alberta) - The Alberta College of Art + Design (ACAD) is pleased to announce that the 2011 Board of Governors’ Alumni Award of Excellence will be awarded to Norman Faulkner, Alex Janvier and Chris Cran at the 2011 ACAD convocation ceremony on May 19th, 2011. This award is given annually to an alumnus or alumna of ACAD who has made a significant contribution to the arts community and has demonstrated excellence in their field of practice. The Board of Governors of ACAD is especially pleased to recognize these three key members of our alumni community with this award, and to honour the important contributions they have made to the arts and to the fields of craft internationally. Mr.Faulkner, Mr.Janvier and Mr.Cran were each was nominated based on their work in establishing new and important areas of the arts for Alberta, and for Canada, for the dedication and support they have given to the artistic community and for the establishment of their own active practices as a visual artists.
“We are so very proud of our Alumni, and of the great changes the have created in our world both locally, and internationally. I am pleased to be able to join our Board of Governors in honouring these three important Alumni voices, each one representing a facet of what makes our College so special” stated Dr. Daniel Doz, President + CEO.
Norman Faulkner has provided a vital and fundamental force to the shaping of the Canadian glass community. A graduate of the Alberta College of Art + Design (Ceramics, 1973) and of the Royal College of Art in London (MA, Glass, 1986), Faulkner is one of the founders of the studio glass movement, and the originator of ACAD’s glass studio program. Faulkner has created a private hot glass studio in Calgary and continues to develop his own successful practice - focusing on all aspects of glass from large scale commission work to small scale conceptual sculpture to functional blown glass.
Alex Janvier received much of his formal art training from the Alberta College of Art in Calgary and graduated with honours in 1960. As a member of the commonly referred to “Indian Group of Seven”, Janvier is one of the significant pioneering aboriginal artists in Canada, and as such has influenced many generations of aboriginal artists. Although he has completed several murals nationally, Janvier speaks of the 450 meter squared masterpiece entitled “Morning Star” at the Canadian Museum of Civilization, as a major highlight in his career. In recognition of his success, Alex Janvier recently received three prestigious Lifetime Achievement Awards from the National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation, The Tribal Chiefs Institute, and Cold Lake First Nations. Janvier’s passion and natural talents for creative expression remains strong to this day.
Chris Cran is a painter living and working in Calgary, Alberta. Cran studied art at the Kooteny School of Art in Nelson, British Columbia in 1976 and graduated from the Alberta College of Art and Design in 1979, where he is a current member of the faculty. Since graduating from ACAD he has continued an active exhibition history, obtaining numerous Canada Council grants and placing his work in many of Alberta’s best collections, as well as in the National Gallery of Canada. Cran's work investigates perception and illusion, and the viewer’s role in how images are formed. Widely exhibited across Canada and internationally recognized, Cran's paintings, included in numerous Canadian collections, have to do with visual tricks, images that appear one way but have been made another way.
ACAD is pleased to honour the important work done by these three influential alumni and to celebrate their achievements as our alumni of excellence. The 2011 ACAD convocation ceremony will take place on Thursday, May 19th at 2:00 PM in the Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium.
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For more information or to arrange an interview with any of our Alumni Award of Excellence Recipients:
AnneMarie Dorland, Director of Communications
t. 403.284.7656 c. 403.472.2322 e. AnneMarie.Dorland@acad.ca