|Artist, teacher, mentor Susan Wood. |
Photo: Visual Arts Nova Scotia.
The award will go to an emerging Nova Scotian visual artist who shows exceptional commitment and ability.
This new award, which will be granted beginning in December 2019, honours Susan's legacy as an artist, teacher, and valued member of the artistic community.
Susan was an instructor at NSCAD University for almost 20 years and was a mentor in the VANS Mentorship Program, which was established in 2006. She was a member of VANS for many years and served on their Board of Directors from 2014 until her death earlier this year.
Susan was born in New Brunswick and grew up in Nova Scotia. She received her BFA from Mount Allison University, and graduated with her MFA from the University of Calgary in 1981.
She began her nearly two decades of teaching at NSCAD in 1990.
Susan was a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts and received grants from the Canada Council, the Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council, and the Nova Scotia Arts Council. Her work can be found in private, corporate, and public collections in Canada, the US, and the UK.
This new award is a welcome addition to the support available to emerging Nova Scotian artists. We're honoured to be part of it.
To learn more about the Susan Wood Award, visit the VANS website.