Congratulations to Stanzie Tooth, MFA '15, winner of the 2015 Plaskett Award!
The Canadian-born artist Joseph Plaskett (1918–2014), established the Joseph Plaskett Foundation in 2004 to support a mature Canadian student to travel and/or study art in Europe for one year.
Nominated by Lawren Harris, Joseph Plaskett won the first Emily Carr Scholarship in 1946. The award changed his life, enabling him to study, first at the California School of Fine Art in San Francisco and then with Hans Hofmann in New York and Provincetown. At the end of the year, recommended by both Lawren Harris and A.Y.Jackson, he accepted the post as Director of the Winnipeg School of Art, where he taught for two years, by which time the lure of Europe became irresistible. In 1949, after visiting London, he found in Paris the ideal setting for his artistic development.
When the formation of the foundation was announced in 2004, Mr. Plaskett said, "I created this award in emulation of what Emily Carr did for me in 1946. I would like young Canadian artists to enjoy the privileges I experienced more than a half century ago. Europe and, above all, France, have left me richer in knowledge and experience. Although things have changed a great deal since I first travelled and studied abroad, the lesson of Europe and it's past is always waiting for those ready to learn."