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Dan Steeves ('81)
Renowned printmaker and Allisonian Dan Steeves (’81) received first place in Toronto’s Open Studio’s 7th annual National Printmaking Awards.

Steeves’ work, from his most recent exhibition, The Memory of Pain, was selected among works at the organization’s 100 Prints fund raising event held in Toronto in May 2104.

“I’m honoured to be recognized by Open Studio,” says Steeves, who is also a lecturer and technican in Mount Allison’s Fine Arts department. “I find when I am creating art, many times the work seems to choose me. This award in some ways, confirms to me that I simply just need to keep doing my work. The print selected is a very personal, positive one for me.”

The award-winning piece I hope you have moments when you take heart (2012) is from Steeves’ The Memory of Pain, a collection of prints completed between 2009-2012. The art chronicles the Steeves family’s experience with cancer diagnosis, treatment, and survival.

This latest award adds to many distinctions received by Steeves over his career. In 2008 he received the Strathbutler Award, recognizing excellence in the field of fine craft or visual arts in New Brunswick. He has also received several awards and grants from the Canada Council for the Arts, the New Brunswick Arts Board, and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. In 2011 Steeves was elected to the Royal Canadian Academy for the Arts.

Steeves has also received a Marjorie Young Bell Fine Arts and Music Award from Mount Allison. He will embark on an 18-month printmaking project exploring the memory of the staircase and the state of mind as one ascends and descends this architectural space.