Applications are now open for the annual Bierk Art Fund Bursary Program, which offers two $1,000 bursaries to graduating high school students in the City or County of Peterborough or Curve Lake and Hiawatha First Nations who are pursuing visual arts studies at a provincially accredited post-secondary institution in the 2022-23 academic year.
Administered by the Electric City Culture Council (EC3), the Bierk Art Fund is an endowment fund at the Community Foundation of Greater Peterborough that was established in 2006 through public donations to honour the lives and work of the late Peterborough arts champions Liz Bierk and her husband, artist David Bierk.
“David and Liz Bierk were generous and dedicated arts supporters who believed wholeheartedly in the potential of local artists and the value of arts education,” says EC3 executive director Su Ditta. “As tuition costs continue to rise, this program provides crucial financial support to promising young artists.”
More information about the program and an application form is available at ecthree.org/program/bierk-art-fund-bursary-program-2022/, with the application deadline at 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, May 26th.
Eligible students who complete an application will present their work to a jury comprised of respected local arts professionals. The bursaries will be awarded to two students whose work demonstrates great promise (artistic merit) and who have a serious commitment to pursuing further studies in the visual arts.
The two successful candidates will be announced on Tuesday, June 7th and will be celebrated at this year’s Mayor’s Luncheon for the Arts in Peterborough on Friday, September 30th.