16 October 2015


New Brunswick Museum Feature: Gallery Hop October 16, 2015

The Professional Visual Artists’ Fund

A group of professional artists and arts supporters (the ‘Tea Towel Team’) in the Saint John region joined forces some years ago to organize a number of highly successful fundraising events: Art in the City Studio Tour (2003) Art and Artifacts (2005) and Whodunit? (2007). The proceeds from these events, as well as private donations, have been used to establish the Professional Visual Artists’ Fund which is managed through the Greater Saint John Community Foundation. The goal of this fund is to award an annual grant of $1000 to a professional visual artist who needs financial assistance to pursue aspects of their careers (for example: studio rental, exhibit costs, art materials, research travel, etc.)

Since 2014, The New Brunswick Museum and the Saint John Arts Centre have been managing the annual application process and the awarding of the grant(s). A three-person jury reviewed all application to determine the winners based on the quality of the proposal each artist put forward. 

This year the income of the fund permitted the selection of multiple awards and this year’s recipients are Jim Boyd, C. Elizabeth Grant, Sarah Jones, each of whom was presented with a cheque for $1000 to be used to pursue their careers as practicing professional visual artists.

Jim Boyd of Hampton, New Brunswick, has been participating in regional exhibitions since his Fine Arts degree from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in the mid-1980s. More recently he has been participating in international sculpture symposiums.

C. Elizabeth Grant of Saint John, New Brunswick, has recently completed her Masters of Letters in Fine Art Practice at the Glasgow School of Art and has been participating in national and international solo and group exhibitions. Grant has also been actively publishing critical writings relating to art.

Sarah Jones of Jones Gallery in Saint John, New Brunswick, participates in numerous solo and group exhibitions as well as artist residencies and workshops. The recipient of many grants and awards, Jones is working on four solo exhibitions that will be featured in galleries in three provinces during the next year.

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