National honour for U of R Visual Arts instructor

By Costa Maragos Posted: July 7, 2015 6:00 a.m.

Holly Fay at her exhibit “Floating Worlds." The exhibit is at the Dunlop Sherwood Gallery in Regina until August 31.
Holly Fay at her exhibit “Floating Worlds." The exhibit is at the Dunlop Sherwood Gallery in Regina until August 31. (Photo Courtesy of External Relations)

U of R sessional instructor Holly Fay has received a national honour.

Fay has been awarded the National Visual Arts Advocacy Award from the Canadian Artists Representation/Le Front des artistes canadiens (CARFAC). The award was presented in Saskatoon, May 29.

“It is an honour to receive this award. National recognition for the community work I have done is very gratifying,” says Fay who has a solo exhibition at the Dunlop Sherwood Gallery in Regina. The Exhibit, titled Floating Worlds, is open to the public until August 31.

You can also see her work in public collections around the city including the Mackenzie Art Gallery, the City of Regina and the Saskatchewan Arts Board.

Fay has been involved in the Saskatchewan arts community as an artist, educator, writer, curator, mentor and advocate for visual arts. She’s also played a key role in the CARFAC Saskatchewan Mentorship program committee.

“The artists Holly mentored have all continued to make art, exhibit work in public galleries and all have served on boards in the visual arts community and or worked in public galleries,” says nominator Karen Schoonover, Director and Curator of the Art Gallery of Regina.

“For more than 20 years Holly Fay has been an active supporter for visual arts, contributing her time, energy, experience, creative ideas and organizational skills.”

Fay is an instructor in the 2D studio in the Visual Arts Department at the U of R, where she received her undergrad degrees. She earned a Masters of Fine Arts at the University of Ulster in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

Her work has been awarded several Saskatchewan Arts Board grants.

She’s a Resident Artist and instructor at the Neil Balkwill Civic Arts Centre. She also teaches studio workshops and is an adjunct curator for the Art Gallery of Regina.

She will be teaching the Fall class, Art 220 - Two-Dimensional Form at the U of R.

“Assisting students to evolve their skills and achieve their objectives is particularly rewarding to me. I am always excited to see the work the students present at the end of class projects,” says Fay.
The U of R’s Faculty of Fine Arts provides excellent student to instructor ratios, modern facilities and a vibrant and active arts community.

CARFAC is a national non-profit association whose mandate is to promote the visual arts in Canada and has been around since 1968.