Ian Butler was one of the founding members of the Niagara Pumphouse Visual Arts Centre which opened in 1994. The ‘Niagara Pumphouse Ian Butler Scholarship Fund’ for Art Education was set up after Ian’s death in 2010. The purpose of the fund is to support an annual scholarship award to a deserving Niagara on the Lake graduating high school student pursuing a recognized post-secondary Visual Arts Programme.
Contributions from the annual ‘Art at the Pumphouse’ original art show and sale event and other designated donations are regularly added to this fund.
In 2018, it was decided that up to 3 - $200 scholarships (one for each of the designated publicly funded High Schools for Niagara on the Lake students) would be considered for this year. Staff at the designated High Schools (A.N. Myer S.S., Laura Secord S.S. and Holy Cross S.S.) are to select the appropriate scholarship recipients.
After successful candidates are determined, The Niagara Pumphouse Arts Centre Scholarship Committee will give each student the opportunity to submit 3 digital images of their art pieces for the Niagara Pumphouse website for one year.
2019 Recipient: Lauren Riley
Lauren Riley lives and works in Niagara on the Lake, ON. Riley’s practice is based in a variety of media, most notably drawing and painting. Riley’s artwork consists mainly of self portraits, portraits of celebrities, and rough sketching. Her work was most recently featured at the Myer Mosaic and the DSBN Graduate Art Show. Riley attended A.N. Myer Secondary School and will begin the Art and Design Foundations program at Mohawk College in September.
Lauren's work can be seen on this page.