The IAF is thrilled to announce the 2017-2018 recipient of The Virginia J. Watt Scholarship is Nancy Saunders! From Kuujjuaq, QC, Nancy is currently pursuing an undergraduate degree in Studio Arts at Concordia University in Montreal.
“My practice has been a journey for me; it has evolved and grown as I have,” explains the artist. “Initially my work consisted of simple representation of Inuit ways such as hunting, where I would simply represent a hunter with formal aspects of urban art, such as color, composition and medium. Presently, I believe that I am now exploring the reaffirmation of the Inuit culture, reclaiming our traditions by ways of applying it to my art.”
2017 applications are now closed, information regarding 2018 applications will be available in early Fall of 2018.
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Frequently Asked Questions
What is The Virginia J. Watt and Dorothy Stillwell award?
Established in 1995, The Virginia J. Watt and Dorothy Stillwell award encourages Inuit to pursue post-secondary studies in Inuit art and culture.
Who is eligible to receive the award?
It is awarded to a Canadian Inuk currently enrolled in a post-secondary institution, or equivalent, and who demonstrates an interest in Inuit art and cultural studies.
When is it awarded?
The funds are to be awarded annually. A notice of the award is sent out to Canadian universities that offer programs in Inuit art and cultural studies as well as Inuit cultural organizations in November.
Who was the most recent recipient?
The 2017-2018 recipient of The Virginia J. Watt Scholarship is Nancy Saunders! From Kuujjuaq, QC, Nancy is currently pursuing an undergraduate degree in Studio Arts at Concordia University in Montreal.
When will it be awarded next?
The IAF will make an announcement when it is accepting applications for the next award. Please check back in fall 2018.
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