2011 Scholarship Jury Statement

The committee strongly believes that the MFA scholarship is significant in its potential to advance the range and quality of the visual arts in New Brunswick.

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The jury has selected Barbara Sarah Safran de Niverville of Riverview to receive the SHMF MFA Scholarship.

We applaud Ms Niverville’s interest in exploring new themes and techniques in her work and building on her recent series of landscape paintings that are technically strong, but also address the socio-political dimensions of the Petticodiac River collection. We eagerly anticipate the work that will come out of her MFA study at Lesley University, Art Institute of Boston.

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The committee has selected Alex Francheville of Bernice McNaughton High School as the 2011 Fred Ross Scholarship winner. His portfolio shows a breadth of engagement with and evidence of an in depth exploration and understanding of expressionism. His work is strong and sophisticated. We wish him continued growth during his time at Mount Allison University.

The excellence of submissions for the Fred Ross Scholarship this year are a testament not only to the talent of young New Brunswick artists but also to the teachers who have worked with them. Congratulations and best wishes to all.