The $500 prizes for honourable mention went to two previous CUAA Fine Arts Prize winners. Marilou André, MFA 16, was recognized for her sculptural work, Intervention de la ruelle Fabre, an urban fossil made by creating a concrete imprint of a pothole.
“For me, it’s a real honour to have been chosen for a CUAA Prize and to be a part of this exhibition,” she said. “The FOFA Gallery and VAV Gallery provide a window into the artistic practices and community that has been emerging from the fine arts program, and I’m really proud to be part of this community.”
Alisi Telengut, MFA 16, was honoured for her hand-painted animation, Nutag-Homeland, which tells the story of the fatal mass deportation of the Kalmyk people by the Soviet Union from 1943 to 1957.
Grand prize winner Soubiran expressed his gratitude for the opportunity to showcase his work and be part of a vibrant community. “It’s wonderful that the alumni association is able to have a voice and it is very encouraging as a graduating student that there is a community for us,” he said.
A fine arts graduate herself, for Fuller the CUAA Fine Arts Prize is close to her heart. “For the alumni association, it’s a great opportunity to support the artists and help the faculty shine in its own right,” she said.
“And for me, it’s that nod that can mean so much at a turning point in your life, when you’re transitioning from being a student to starting a career. I think that fine arts has a lot to offer to the larger alumni community, so the more we can step up and make that community even richer, the better we’ll all be for it.”