Hero Portrait Project

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Supported by: ACAD

Winners Announced!

The jury, local portrait artist George Webber; artist, ACAD instructor and Glenbow board member Mark Mullin; and Glenbow Art Curator Colleen Sharpe, have selected both the youth and adult winners of the Hero Portrait Project. They are:

Adult Juried Award Winner
Artist: Nicole Tritter
Title of Portrait: Don't forget me, Daddy
Medium: Photo transfer and acrylic on masonite

Artist Statement

Nicole Tritter, Don't Forget Me, DaddyMy grandmother, or Baba as I call her, has endured many hardships. At 16, she was taken from her village in the Ukraine and sent to work in Germany during WWII, became pregnant and newly married in a refugee camp in 1947, and soon after was abandoned when my grandfather immigrated to Canada. She sent this passport picture of my father, to my grandfather, with a plea on the back begging him not to forget his son. She finally arrived in Canada by boat and train in December 1949.

I admire my Baba's work ethic, her tenacity and her unwillingness to give up despite the situation that confronts her.


Youth Juried Award Winner

Artist: 5/6 Learning Community – Glendale School
Title of Portrait: Karsh Portraits (12 of a series of 60)

5/6 Learning Community – Glendale School, Karsh Portraits (12 of a series of 60)

Artist Statement

The learning community of grades 5/6 at Glendale School embarked on a project to recreate Yousuf Karsh portraits. They learned much about the life of the person that they chose to recreate and made a movie about the person's life. Through this whole process they discovered the ways in which each of their people were or are heroes and how they helped shape the world.

The Glendale School Hero Project submission is 12 of a collection of 60 portraits. We believe them to be representative of the diversity of what a hero can be. Heroes are People that are the first to do something and create opportunities for others, such as Marian Anderson and Sir Edmund Hillary. Heroes can be great political leaders in times of crisis that inspire others to take up a cause and stay strong, such as Nelson Mandela and Sir Winston Churchill. There are many things that a hero can be.

The students are very proud of their recreated Karsh portraits and are excited to have this opportunity to share them in the Glenbow Hero Project.

People’s Choice Award Winner

From June 1-15, people voted for their favourite in the Discovery Room at Glenbow and by issuing ‘likes’ on Facebook. The winner of the People’s Choice is:
5/6 Learning Community — Glendale School!!
Title of Portrait: Karsh Portraits (12 of a series of 60)

The winners of the Juried Award will each be awarded a $200 credit to be used for an Extended Studies non credit course at ACAD.
For more information on the courses offered please check the ACAD website at http://www.acad.ab.ca/extended_studies.html .
A big thanks to ACAD for their support of the program!

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