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Fanshawe College
Fanshawe Celebrates Dynamic New Arts Award
(Photo l-r) Cora Cluett, Gary Spearin, Dana Mero, James Patten and Robin Honey
celebrating the establishment of the Mackie Cryderman Award for Excellence in
the Arts. (photo credit: Agata Lesnik, Fanshawe College)

Monday, April 9, 2018, London, Ontario - Fanshawe and board members of the Hazel Cryderman-Wees Foundation celebrated the creation of a prestigious new endowed award for the arts on Saturday, April 7 at the Fanshawe Fine Art 2018 Graduation Exhibition, MIXTAPE.

The Mackie Cryderman Award for Excellence in the Arts, made possible by a $250,000 contribution from the Foundation, will be offered annually to recognize four students within the Faculty of Arts, Media and Design who demonstrate creative excellence or potential in the creative, performing and applied arts.

Established by Hazel Cryderman-Wees to honour her brother Clifford and his talented wife and art educator, Mackie Cryderman, the Foundation's new award is a powerful expression of the vital role art education fosters in creative expression, critical thinking and problem solving. Mackie's leadership was profoundly apparent in 1927 when she set up the renowned visual arts program at the H.B. Beal Technical School, attracting world class teachers and artists. Mackie worked with Fanshawe College in this same visionary approach, which culminated in the recruitment of Eric Atkinson from England to head the Fanshawe arts department in 1969.

"The Hazel Cryderman-Wees Foundation has been a contributor to art education in London for over two decades, ensuring that Mackie's legacy lives on by providing funds for men and women pursuing post secondary education in the arts" said Kelly Butt, Chair. "Because the development of the Fanshawe arts program was one of Mackie's passions, we are proud to support the programs with the establishment of the Mackie Cryderman Award for Excellence in the Arts."

In recognition of the gift from the Hazel Cryderman-Wees Foundation, the College is naming one of the fine art studios The Mackie Cryderman Fine Art Studio.

Fanshawe's dean of Arts, Media and Design, Steve Patterson said, "This is an exciting day for Fanshawe. We are thrilled to recognize Mackie Cryderman's historical impact on the arts programs through these significant awards. The Cryderman award will be a catalyst to attract many bright and creative students to further their education at Fanshawe. As citizens, we all benefit from the accomplishments of our graduates when they share their artistic talent and enrich the well-being of our lives."

Last Updated: Monday, 09 April 2018 10:39:03 AM EST

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