Nan Yeomans Award Recipient Announced


Oct. 1, 2007


This year the first-ever Nan Yeomans Grant for Artistic Development attracted many qualified, talented, and deserving artists from around the Kingston region. The Community Foundation of Greater Kingston and the Nan’s Legacy project are proud to announce that Lisa Visser is this year’s grant recipient.

Visser, formerly from Lake Simcoe, Ontario, completed her Bachelors of Fine Arts from Queen’s in 2006 with a specialization in contemporary art. As an artist who enjoys categorization and investigation, Visser’s concepts inform the media in which she works- from print based installation to performance/intervention, to video work, to sculpture and sound, Visser is a well rounded artist eager to explore and experiment.

The grant, valued at $2500 is intended to honour Nan’s wishes by providing financial support to an individual whose ambitions incorporate communion with other artists in a focused context and who displays potential for a future life as an artist or artisan. This year’s jury found Visser’s prior work and future plans fit the criteria and that, as a bonus, her involvement in the local arts community, including involvement with the Artel and the Union Gallery, reflected well on that of Nan Yeomans – herself an active and generous community contributor.

Lisa will be introduced as the first award recipient at a private reception hosted by Queen’s University Archives on Tuesday, Oct. 2 at the Marine Museum of the Great Lakes, 55 Ontario St. where the final in a series of planned exhibits and sales under Nan’s Legacy continues until October 28th. The Museum is open 10-4 p.m., Mon-Fri and at other times by calling Ann Blake at 613-542-2261.

Speaking on behalf of Nan’s Legacy, Mary Ann Higgs commented, “Kingston’s arts community gives so much to our area. It is wonderful to be growing philanthropy through the Nan Yeomans’ endowment at Community Foundation of Greater Kingston in support of emerging artists like Lisa. Nan would have been pleased.”

The Community Foundation of Greater Kingston acts as a vehicle to connect donors with organizations that are committed to strengthening and enhancing the quality of life in our community. As a locally-run public foundation, it helps identify the current and urgent needs in Greater Kingston and responds through leadership and grantmaking to address those needs.

For more information concerning Nan’s Legacy, please contact The Community Foundation of Greater Kingston, 613-546-9696.