Alumni Awards March 31


If alumna Cassandra Paul could give her former ACAD-self advice, it would be “ embrace as many opportunities as possible and don’t lose touch with the people who inspire and challenge you.”  A graduate with a BFA (Distinction) 2010, Painting and Horizon Award recipient in 2015, Cassandra sees being an alumnae as being part of a larger community in Calgary that lasts long past you graduate.

“I have received so much support in my career, studio practice and other aspects of my life from peers, faculty and friendships that were developed during my time at ACAD.” 

The 2016 ACAD Alumni Awards are just such an opportunity to connect and celebrate the diversity of community at a free event next Thursday, March 31 from 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. in the Stanford Perrott Lecture Theatre. An impressive list of 12 emerging and established alumni will talk about their paths since graduation and share advice about how they have shaped their careers and creative pursuits. 

“Our graduates leave ACAD with the expertise to transform culture and industry, the ability to launch creative practices and small businesses, and the drive to apply their craft wherever they are in adaptable and innovative ways”, comments Dr. Daniel Doz, President + CEO.

“Reflecting on the past year, our alumni on the whole have received some noteworthy accolades, including Zahra Al-Harazi, named a UNICEF ambassador, Peter von Tiesenhausen, who received the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Distinguished Artist Award and powerhouse Katie Ohe who is one step closer to opening the Kiyooka Ohe Arts Centre with her partner Harry Kiyooka, and alumni and current faculty member, Chris Cran will be opening his retrospective exhibition at the National Gallery of Canada in May just to scratch the surface,” remarked Doz.

ACAD’s alumni program is working to capture these diverse stories and expertise through the new Alumni Discovery Initiative. A multi-year program, (supported through the generosity of anonymous donors) is designed to discover the passions and motivations of alumni while creating connections for current students and developing opportunities for mentorship. Join us to at the event to hear how you can get involved. Register via eventbrite today!

Thank you Enbridge and TD Insurance Meloche Monnex for their generous support of the ACAD Alumni Awards.

CONNECT Keep in touch. Tell us what you are up to, so we can share your news. 

NOMINATE Recognize creative excellence in your community of alumni. 

SUPPORT Help current students by contributing to Student Awards, Bursaries + Scholarships. 





Tia Halliday (B.F.A. 2006, ACAD Honour Award)
Joan Irvin (B.F.A. 2002, ACAD Legacy Award)
Chelsea Klukas (B.Des. 2009, ACAD Community Service Award)
Tara Owen (B.F.A. 1997, ACAD Community Service Award)
Shona Rae (B.F.A. 2000, ACAD Legacy Award)
Cameron Roberts (Dip. 1980, ACAD Legacy Award)
Kari Woo (B.F.A. 2003, ACAD Honour Award)

Congratulations to all of our 2016 ACAD Alumni Award Recipients! 

ACAD Horizon Award

  • Carissa Baktay (B.F.A. 2011, Glass)
  • Dylan Puddu  (B.F.A. 2015, Jewellery + Metals)

ACAD Honour Award

  • Melody Armstrong (B.F.A. 1999,Jewellery + Metals)
  • Tia Halliday (B.F.A. 2006, Painting)
  • Kari Woo (B.F.A. 2003, Jewellery + Metals)
  • Dayna McLeod (Dip. 1994 Sculpture)

ACAD Community Service Award

  • Chelsea Klukas (B.Des. 2009, Visual Communications Design)
  • Tara Owen (B.F.A. 1997, Jewellery + Metals)

ACAD Legacy Award

  • Joan Irvin (B.F.A. 2002, Jewellery + Metals)
  • Shona Rae (B.F.A. 2000, Jewellery + Metals)
  • Cameron Roberts (Dip. 1980, Sculpture, Drawing)

ACAD Board of Governors Award of Excellence

  • Ryan Sluggett (B.F.A. 2003, Painting)

TD Insurance Meloche Monnex Career Award

  • Carissa Baktay (B.F.A. 2011, Glass)

Enbridge Professional Development Award

  • Tia Halliday (B.F.A. 2006, Painting)