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,
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."