Laura Ciruls Painting Fund

Laura Ciruls was a professional graphic and web designer, as well as a traditional acrylic and watercolour painter. Through way of a bequest, Laura set up the Laura Ciruls Painting Fund, to recognize artists like herself, who were contributing to the development of painting in Ontario.

This award, beginning in 2012, will be awarded annually to an artist who is past the early stages of their professional career.


Prize:  $5,000


Current Recipient
2017     Dorian FitzGerald


Hacker-Pschorr Beerhall, Oktoberfest, Munich (2005)
acrylic and caulking on canvas mounted to board,
144 × 216 inches

Past Recipients
2016     Steven Volpe
2015     Sasha Pierce
2014     Melissa Doherty
2013     Andrew Rucklidge
2012     Jinny Yu

News Releases

Dorian FitzGerald is the 2017 recipient of the Laura Ciruls Painting Award   February 1, 2017
Steven Volpe Receives 2016 of Laura Ciruls Painting Award 
  January 19, 2016

Donor Testimonial:
Wuchien Michael Than

Persistence and Passion:  A Donor's Story

The Wuchien Michael Than Foundation Fund was established by Michael Than in partnership with the Ontario Arts Foundation in 2013. Funding began in 2013 and contributions continue to grow the fund and support a granting program. Michael Than created the Fund to help create opportunities for the creation, development of Asian-Canadian theatre and to develop new works by Asian-Canadian playwrights.


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