Meet the 2017 Scholarship Recipients
The Alberta Society of Artists (ASA) is pleased to announce the two recipients of the 2017 ASA Visual Arts Post-Secondary Scholarship. Now in it’s third year, the ASA Scholarship is awarded annually to two visual arts students studying in Alberta. The ASA is pleased to introduce the recipients for 2017, Vsheal Lyons of the Alberta College of Art + Design in Calgary and James MacDonald of the University of Alberta in Edmonton.
About Vsheal Lyons
Vsheal Lyons is entering her third year of study in the BFA program at the Alberta College of Art + Design in Calgary. “I stumbled in from the cold harshness of an accounting program with a deep belief that there had to be something more fulfilling for me than amortizing mortgages.” she says of her decision to study art full-time. I of course found a home at the Alberta College of Art + Design that would encourage me not only to survive, but thrive in my visual investigations into the world the surrounds us.
She describes her current work as “an exploration in geometric abstraction with a focus on non-representational patterning. However, in my newer work there is a distinct contrast between common pop culture icons and sacred patterning. Concepts like this allow for my work to be a fulfilling investigation rather than singularly ornate.”
After school, Vsheal is looking forward to further developing her work, “I believe that the future of my practice will involve much more investigation into cultural identity and representation, hopefully while experiencing them first hand.” she says, “There is a limitless and rich history of pattern and texture to be found all over our history as a species that I would love to investigate as a visual artist.”
About James MacDonald
James in entering his third year of study in the BFA program at the University of Alberta. He was inspired to study art by a trip overseas, “A few years ago I was visiting relatives in Scotland and was awestruck by the victorian-era architectural
sculpture and war monuments I saw in Glasgow and Edinburgh”, he says, “I like to think that I pay homage to that tradition, particularly its sense of portraying subjects with solemnity and dignity.”
About his current explorations in art-making he says, “My portraits draw into mind our ideas of memory, relationships, and our own mortality as well as contexts of craft and making. We tend to think of portrait sculptures as only something for the rich and famous but it is fascinating to sculpt everyday people in my life and portray them in this unique way that will last forever.”