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November 17, 2002

U of G student receives du Maurier Arts Council grant

A University of Guelph master of fine arts graduate has been awarded a du Maurier Arts Council grant to support her current exhibit at Skol Centre des Arts Actuels in Montreal. Kate Terry, who graduated from the MFA program in May, is one of 10 Ontario university students who received the grant.

For more than 30 years, the du Maurier Arts Council has assisted a wide variety of arts organizations in every province and territory in Canada representing a broad range of artistic disciplines including music, fine arts, film, dance and theatre. The 22 awards handed out this year are worth $175,200 in total. In the more than three decades it has supported artistic initiatives, the independent arts council has distributed nearly $60 million to hundreds of Canadian arts groups. Many of the projects receiving du Maurier Arts Council funding have become a major part of the arts scene in their respective communities.

Terry is using the $4,000 she received to fund a trip from London, England her current residence to Montreal to install her Diaphanous exhibition, which runs at Skol until Dec. 7. "The du Maurier grant also enabled me to produce a catalogue, with the documentation of the exhibition," said Terry.

Her MFA adviser, fine art professor Laurel Woodcock, encouraged Terry to apply for the grant. "Kate seemed like the ideal candidate. She had been scheduled to exhibit at Skol gallery in Montreal while still a graduate student at Guelph, and the du Maurier grant funded travel and exhibition costs."

Terry flew to Montreal early this month to create Diaphanous. "I produce installations that are dependent on the idiosyncrasies of a specific site. The space at Skol is 170 square metres, which is the largest space I've ever had the opportunity to work in."

In Diaphanous, coloured thread and straight pins are used to create three-dimensional "Symmography" within the gallery space. "It's an incredible optical effect that occurs, where the gallery appears empty from a distance until the elaborate lines of intersecting threads come into focus," said Woodcock.

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