The Port Moody Arts Centre is dedicated to giving back to our community by providing opportunities for students and artists to learn and grow. We offer scholarships to pre-professional artists to learn and showcase their work, and also house a Ceramic Artist in Residence each year.

Ceramic Artist in Residence

The Port Moody Arts Centre’s Ceramic Artist in Residence (CAIR) program is an important part of our commitment to artistic and cultural development. The annual residency supports the work of an emerging ceramic artist, providing opportunities for artistic development within an innovative and supportive ceramics community. The resident receives a secure ceramic studio space for one year, gallery space for a solo exhibition, and mentorship. In return, they contribute to the PoMoArts community by instructing classes, assisting in the operation of our Open Clay Studio, and engaging with the public.

Applications for the 2021/2022 Ceramic Artist in Residence are Closed

The residency is from September 2021 to August 2022. This residency is open to all ceramic artists over 19 years of age. This residency is an excellent opportunity for artistic development within an innovative and supportive ceramic community. The residency will require an emphasis on making, learning and sharing the process of creating with clay. The clay studios at PoMoArts are busy, supportive and house a true sense of community. 

Current Resident Artist: Mickey Vescera

Nolan Drew

Mickey Vescera is a ceramicist, sculptor, and writer born and raised on the unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh Nations. Their main practice is ceramic functional ware and abstract sculptures inspired by science fiction, industrial waste, and the wildlife of the Pacific Northwest.

Previous CAIR's:

  • 2020-2021 Serisa Fitz-James
  • 2019-2020 Nolan Drew
  • 2018-2019 Julia Nygra
  • 2017-2018 Malory Tate
  • 2016-2017 Gloria Han
  • 2015-2016 Ray Tse
  • 2014-2015 Otto Kamensek
Previous CAIR
Previous CAIR
Previous CAIR
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PoMoArts currently offers the Kwi Am Choi scholarship to emerging artists.

Kwi Am Choi Scholarship

Established in 2007, the Kwi Am Choi Exhibition Scholarship is an annual award of $2,000 that recognizes an emerging BC artist between the ages of 18 and 32, and is designed to fund the costs of new artwork creations and mounting a solo exhibition at PoMoArts. This initiative provides recent graduates and students currently enrolled in Fine Arts programs at recognized post-secondary institutions in Canada with the opportunity to display their work in a public art gallery, receive curatorial mentorship, and network with other artists and art professionals. Proposals will be evaluated by a jury of art professionals in a blind jurying process.

About Kwi Am Choi (1954-2006)

Kwi Am Choi was a Korean-born artist known for his experimental and abstract work. Born in Chungmu, South Korea, Choi originally started off in civil engineering before moving into Design when his family immigrated to Ontario, Canada in the late 70’s. He graduated from Ontario College of Art and Design (OCAD) where he experimented across all mediums, from woodblock printing to photography, illustration, ceramics, sculpturing and mixed media painting.

Much of his work can be attributed to his personal love and appreciation of the outdoors. From bold strokes of vibrant and contrasting colours to his incorporation of driftwood collected on family trips to Tofino, many of his pieces were a reflection of his interactions with nature. Whether it was watching translucent spring leaves sway in the breeze against a soft sun, or the crashing waves of the Pacific Northwest against the shores, his experiences to it through each of his senses - sight, touch, smell, taste, sound, and spirit were translated into his work. A man of few words, Choi – a natural introvert, used his art as a platform for communication.

He was a loving and supportive father and husband, an active member of the Port Moody Arts community and the Korean Artists Society Canada, and a mentor to young emerging artists.

Kwi Am Choi ScholarshipCaption: Kwi Am Choi, "Untitled 001C," "Untitled 001A," and "Untitled 001B" (left to right). Mixed media. Installation view from "Finding Harmony: A reflection on a lifetime of observation through Kwi Am Choi." Port Moody Arts Centre (April 29-June 2, 2016).

Scholarship Applicant Criteria

  • Between 18 and 32 years of age.
  • Enrolled in Fine Art programs in a recognized Canadian post-secondary institution or within 2 years (24 months) of graduation with a Fine Art degree from a recognized Canadian post secondary institution.
  • Considered an emerging artist. We define emerging artists as those in the first few years of their professional development and not currently making their entire living from their artwork.
  • A current resident of British Columbia.
  • Only artists proposing a solo exhibition are eligible for this award.

Note: Current PoMoArts staff, instructors, sitting board members or their immediate family are not eligible to apply.

Applications for the 2022 Scholarship are open.

Please apply by November 14, 2021 using THIS FORM.

Past Recipients

2019 Kwi Am Choi Recipient Emilie Nunez2019 Kwi Am Choi Recipient Emilie Nunez

2019 Kwi Am Choi Recipient Amiee Risby2019 Kwi Am Choi Recipient Amiee Risby
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