SCA/Antoinette Stevens Education Award

2016 Antoinette Stevens SCA Art Education Award

Congratulations to Kiana Richards who has been selected the Antoinette Stevens Art Education Award honouree for 2016. Kiana (18) is a Visual Arts student who is just completing her first year at John Abbott College in Montreal, Quebec. Her nomination was fully endorsed by the faculty of John Abbott's Visual Arts Department who have the knowledge that this Award would be a great financial benefit to enable Kiana to continue her art studies primarily by assisting with the high cost of materials. Following her second year her intent is to continue to study in the arts.

2015 Antoinette Stevens SCA Art Education Award

We extend our congratulations to Evan Obey and Mackenze Grad, University of Regina recipients of the 2015 Society of Canadian Artists Antoinette Stevens Art Education Award.

2014 Antoinette Stevens SCA Art Education Award Presented by Mary Elizabeth Duggan, SCA, Honours and Awards (Director)

Bravo, Josette Rosenzweig Issasi!

On Nov 7, the 2014 Antoinette Stevens SCA Art Education Award was presented to Josette Rosenzweig Issasi. This gifted young art student graduated in June from the full-time (grade 9-12) art programme offered by the Visual Arts Department of Central Technical School, in Toronto. For a century, this respected high school visual arts department has offered an intensive four-year foundation art programme. Admission into the art programme is tough requiring all applicants to present a portfolio, and that is during grade eight! Our honouree's teachers praise her creativity, exploratory nature, determination and dedication. There is no doubt that the award money will prove to be helpful as she pursues her interest in printmaking as a first year student at OCAD.

Congratulations to 'Antoinette Stevens' SCA Education Award recipient, Josette Rosenzweig Issasi.

SCA/Antoinette Stevens Education Award 2012

In December, Cynthia Dunphy, a fourth-year visual arts student at Memorial University's Grenfell Campus in Corner Brook, Newfoundland was identified as a candidate for the 2012 Award. On March 20, 2013, SCA president Josy Britton attended the presentation digitally via Skype to offer warm congratulations to Cynthia as the Dean of Fine Arts presented her with the actual Award certificate together with a cheque in the amount of $500. Judy Pringle (nee Stevens) kindly conveyed congratulations on behalf of the Stevens family. Cynthia explores the impact of chance and experimentation with materials to all her work. Although she is a scholarship-standing student, due to the limited number of awards available she has not received much financial support and works three different part-time jobs in order to cover her costs. Her professors also noted that Cynthia has faced significant personal adversity but worked through those challenges with her attitude remaining positive and her focus forward. Rather than graduate this year she has chosen to take an additional year of study and hopes to attend a course at the university's satellite campus in England. In the words of the Head, division of Fine Arts, 'The SCA/Antoinette Stevens Art Education Award would give [Cynthia] the ability to focus more time into her artistic practice while also allow her to purchase materials that she currently cannot afford.' ' would also provide her with the very significant psychological boon of knowing that her work is valued by your organization of professional artists from across Canada.'

SCA/Antoinette Stevens Art Education Award 2011

On May 30th, Andrea Pottyondy, SCA had the honour of presenting Joel Bezanson with the Stevens Family/Society of Canadian Artists Education Award for 2011. Joel, a grade 12 student with autism has been creating amazing art on an Ipad and SMARTboard. Joel’s pictures have been described as having a Maud Lewis folk style to it, starting with line drawing before adding vibrant colour. He is able to capture the true essence of a person’s physical appearance and spirit in portraiture that are instantly recognizable by others. All his work is done from memory. Recently Joel has begun to move into a new media of artistic expression using clay. The award money ($500) will allow him to take some sculpture classes in future.

Paul Peters, Child Community Support Worker, who had an integral part in coordinating the nomination of Joel for this award, says it best, “It is through relationships, built one at a time, that an inclusive community to support persons with autism is possible. The universality of art is one medium for these conversations to flourish.

These award funds, the recognition of his talents and more importantly the relationships he may develop with the art community down the road through this exposure, may help him to carve out a niche for his expression of a growing variety of artistic mediums and thereby serve to enhance his quality of life.”

In July 2010, 5 northern students were selected for last year's Students On Ice Climate Change Expedition to win the SCA Award:

Dina Koonoo – Pond Inlet, Nunavut
Katherine Sittichinli – Inuvik,North West Territories
Danny Ishulutak – Pangnirtung, Nunavut
Alena Stevenson -- Kuujjuaq, Northern Quebec
Anna Illauq – formerly Clyde River, Nunavut (now Saskatchewan)

'They are very excited and really looking forward to art supplies as it is SO difficult for them to get these supplies where they live. Since we're still finalizing the suppies, getting them to them, etc ... I'm wondering if it would be possible to get a certificate stating that they have won the award, and a letter saying that the supplies are coming? I am going to Ottawa on Aug 3rd to head north again with Students on Ice, and it would be great to be able to either take some of the supplies north, or to let them know where we're at with all of this. Thanks SO much for this ... it means a great deal to the students, and also to myself to be able to be involved in this. I really appreciate SCA's efforts on this project.' Linda Mackey

In 2008, two Stevens Family SCA Education awards were presented by Bill Buchanan:

-  $500 to Kelsi Wilson, who has taken all the art courses offered in her visual arts program in the last four years. She has distinguished herself by maintaining high academic standards, while holding two jobs.  She was accepted into all of her choices for post secondary education and will be attending Connestoga College in Graphic design.

-  $500 to Brianne Haney who attended Wexford College School for the Arts, where she completed twelve visual arts credits across a range of disciplines.  She is now in her third year at OCAD, pursuing a BFA degree with a major in Drawing and Painting.