The Durham Art Gallery is excited to announce Cole Wiseman as the first ever recipient of The Fallis Arts Scholarship.
In a Durham Art Gallery media release, Wiseman is a recent graduate from Sacred Heart High School in Walkerton and has been accepted into a Bachelor of Fine Arts and concurrent B.Ed. at Nipissing University in North Bay. His ultimate goal is to become a Secondary Art Teacher and, in his words, “share my love of art with students someday so they too can become as excited about the beauty and wonder of art.”
Of Wiseman’s submitted works, The Fallis Art Scholarship jury, made up of local artists Tony Luciani, Debbie Schenk and curator/artist Jaclyn Quaresma, said “It’s not often you get to ‘feel the experience’ with an artwork…”; “The drawing of the wolf is my favourite, the sensitivity in how Cole handled the drawing tools and the coyness of the gaze demonstrate what a good observer Cole is as an artist.”; “…excited for his opportunity to grow amongst a peer group and will be curious to see how Cole’s work diversifies, deepens and flourishes in the years to come.”
High school art teacher Samantha Easton described Coleman as “an exceptionally hard-working student who has great artistic ability.” She added that Wiseman has performed very well academically, especially in her class, earning 92.”
The Durham Art Gallery and the Fallis family are excited to be able to help support Wiseman in his post-secondary exploration of his artistic and varied talents and the Gallery hopes to one day host an exhibition full of his future artworks by both him and his future students.
"It is a remarkable feeling when others appreciate your art, something you have poured your heart and soul into. I can’t begin to express how incredibly grateful and excited I am to receive the Fallis Art Scholarship,” said Wiseman upon receiving the scholarship.
After receiving a donation of shares from Peter Fallis and the late Claude E. Fallis, the shares were sold last year, resulting in a generous infusion of monies for the Gallery. The board and staff feel it is important to pay this kind of community largesse forward while honouring those whose generosity made this possible, and The Fallis Arts Scholarship Award is just one way they intend to do so.
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