Congratulations to Hero Johnson who has been awarded an Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant.
The Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation grant is one of the most prestigious grants available to emerging figurative artists, as well as one of the most substantial. It is one of the longest standing, with an illustrious history of recipients spanning more than half a century. It is also unique in its scope, in that it is available to students and artists around the world.
The Foundation was created in 1955 by Charles Glass Greenshields, a distinguished Canadian lawyer and amateur artist, in memory of his mother, Elizabeth. Charles Greenshields considered discipline and serious training in the traditional means of artistic expression fundamental to the growth and development of the artist. Through his involvement with the artistic community, he saw how difficult it was for artists to obtain the financial support required to pursue their training. His determination to help emerging artists prompted Greenshields to establish a foundation dedicated to contributing to the development of artists of genuine distinction in their chosen fields.
The mission of the Foundation is to promote and encourage the development of students and artists to develop their skills and competence in traditional means of artistic expression. The Foundation provides financial assistance, by way of grants, to students and artists in the early or developmental stage of their career who work in a representational painting, drawing, sculpture or printmaking and demonstrate a commitment to making their art a lifetime career. For the first 13 years of its existence, Charles Greenshields personally directed the Foundation and remained an integral part of its organization until his death, in 1974. His vision and his mission live on through the Foundation that he so generously endowed.