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 PoMo Arts community by instructing classes, assisting in the operation of our Open Clay Studio, and engaging with the public.
Current Resident Artist: Serisa Fitz-James
Serisa Fitz-James is a Filipinx-Canadian artist who currently works and resides on the unceded lands of the Coast Salish peoples - Squamish, Stó:lō, Tsleil-Waututh, and Musqueam Nations. They are a multidisciplinary artist whose work explores themes of identity, pre/post colonial histories of the Philippines, as well as Filipinx/canadian relationships. They enjoy creating works to heal, uplift and bring people together through food, comedy, illustration, performance, animation, and ceramic sculpture.
- 2019-2020 Nolan Drew
- 2018-2019 Julia Nygra
- 2017-2018 Malory Tate
- 2016-2017 Gloria Han
- 2015-2016 Ray Tse
- 2014-2015 Otto Kamensek
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 emerging BC artists. The fund was established to provide encouragement and support to emerging solo artists between the ages of 18 and 30. The objectives of the fund are to further the skills and experiences of student artists, to expand their artistic careers, and to enable them to better promote their work. This is to be done by covering the costs of mounting a solo exhibition of their work at the Port Moody Arts Centre. This initiative provides students currently enrolled in, or recent graduates of, Fine Arts programs at recognized post-secondary institutions in Canada with the opportunity to display their work in a publicly funded gallery, receive curatorial mentorship, and network with other artists and art professionals.
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.
Scholarship Applicant Criteria
- Between 18 and 30 years of age.
- Enrolled in a Fine Arts program in a recognized post-secondary institution, or a recent graduate of a Fine Arts program from a recognized Canadian post-secondary institution in Canada (within 2 years of graduation).
- Considered an emerging artist. We define emerging artists as those artists in the first few years of their professional development and not currently making their entire living from their artwork.
- A resident of British Columbia.
Note: Current PoMoArts staff, instructors, sitting board members or their immediate family are not eligible to apply.
Applications for the 2021 Scholarship are open
Click here for more application details and how to apply.