Saint John – Tuesday, 2 May 2017 – The New Brunswick Museum and the Saint John Arts Centre are pleased to announce that Saint John artist Maggie Higgins is the recipient of this year’s Greater Saint John Professional Visual Artists Fund grant. Higgins is a 2014 Fine Arts graduate of Mount Allison University and completed her Bachelor of Education in 2016 at UNB.
In addition to receiving a grant for $1000, Higgins will be invited to install a small display of her work at the New Brunswick Museum this year. In her application, Higgins indicated that the funds would be of great benefit in creating a large and cohesive body of work that would be suitable for a solo exhibition.
The Greater Saint John 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 Greater Saint John 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 grants. A three-person jury reviewed all applications to determine the winner based on the quality of the proposal each artist put forward.
For more information, please contact:
New Brunswick Museum
Caitlin Griffiths, Communications & Marketing Manager
Aristi Dsilva, Communications & Marketing Assistant
Saint John Arts Centre