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Million-dollar Jarislowsky Endowment will bring Master Artists to The Banff Centre

by NationTalk on April 14, 2008538 Views

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For immediate release
April 11, 2008

The rising stars of Canada’s arts scene will have an opportunity to work beside, and be inspired by, distinguished national and international artists thanks to a $1-million gift from the Jarislowsky Foundation.The Gail and Stephen Jarislowsky Master Artist Program Fund will bring internationally acclaimed artists to The Banff Centre annually for Jarislowsky Distinguished Master Artists residencies. During the residencies, participants enrolled in the Centre’s arts programs will have the opportunity to explore the methods, practices, and tools employed by the Distinguished Master Artists during studio sessions, discussion groups, master classes, and other collaborative activities.

The first year of the program will focus on visual arts. Among the artists confirmed for initial Jarislowsky residencies are Gordon Smith, Peter Doig, and Ken Lum. In future years, the residences may include artists in the fields of theatre, dance, music, literary arts, new media, and Aboriginal arts. In addition to the Master Artists residencies, the program will support fellowships for emerging artists, periodic commissioning of new work by the Master Artists, and the public presentation of the commissioned work.

“Gail and I are honoured to make this contribution to The Banff Centre,” says Dr. Stephen Jarislowksy, chairman and chief executive officer of Jarislowsky Fraser Limited and the Jarislowsky Foundation. “The Master Artist Program will create a legacy of excellence in the performing and fine arts, enriching Canada’s cultural life and creating stronger communities.”

Mary Hofstetter, president and CEO of The Banff Centre, says the program will have a transformative impact. “The Jarislowsky Master Artists Endowment will provide emerging artists with a rare opportunity to experience the inspiration and methodology of a master artist. The impact will grow through new creative works inspiring audiences across Canada.”

The Centre’s director of Visual Arts, Kitty Scott, is looking forward to welcoming the first Jarislowsky Master Artists to Banff. “Gordon Smith is immensely respected and loved as both an artist and teacher. Peter Doig is a great painter and an influential teacher. His current exhibition at the TATE Britain is impressive. Ken Lum is truly a citizen of the world. His talent is multifaceted. He is an important artist, but he also teaches, curates, and writes. I am delighted that all three artists will visit The Banff Centre, their involvement will have a huge impact on our participants and programs.”

The Banff Centre will match the $1-million donation with contributions from government and private sources to create a $2-million endowment.

The Banff Centre is a globally respected arts, cultural, and educational institution. Jarislowsky Fraser Limited is one of the largest and most successful investment management firms in Canada. Dr. Stephen Jarislowsky is an Officer of the Order of Canada, a Grand Officer of the National Order of Quebec, and holds Honorary Doctorates of Law from Queen’s University, University of Alberta, McMaster University, Université Laval, Concordia University, the University of Windsor, the Université de Montréal and the University of Ottawa.

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Media Contact
Jill Sawyer
Media and Communications Officer, The Banff Centre
403.762.6475
jill_sawyer@banffcentre.ca

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