SAW AWARDS HISTORY
The Wolff Awards are named after Hilde and Willy Wolff, long-time
members of SAW. Hilde was President from 1971-76 and in 1983,
after Willy's death, she donated a sum of money to SAW. This
money was invested and the interest earned funds the prize money
given for the Wolff Awards.
The Wolff Awards are juried. There is one award for a 2-dimensional work and one award for a 3-dimensional work. The Wolff Award winners receive either cash or a gift certificate.
In both categories, at the discretion of the Awards Committee and the juror, there may also be an "Honourable Mention" award, for which there is no cash prize. There will be no ties and only one "Honourable Mention" award given each year.
ERIKA POERSCH AWARD
Erika Poersch Award is named after a talented watercolour artist who also was a long-time member of SAW. When Erika died in 2007, she endowed over twenty of her watercolours to the Sarnia Artists' Workshop. In 2008, a retrospective of Erika's works was held at the Lawrence House Centre for the Arts. A number of her paintings were sold and the money received was invested by SAW. The interest earned on that money contributes to the cash prize for the Erika Poersch Award. Seven of Erika's paintings remain. SAW has lent the paintings to the Lawrence House to be used in their art rental program to raise funds for their arts programs. SAW retains ownership of the seven Erika Poersch paintings. A copy of the agreement with the Lawrence House is on file with the SAW Executive.
The winner of the Erika Poersch Award for a 2-dimensional work is chosen by the members present at the competition by ballot.
DAVID DUNK AWARD
The David Dunk Award is named as a tribute to David Dunk, a potter and ceramics instructor who was a member of SAW. David taught wheel thrown pottery, Raku firing and paper kiln making at Lambton College. He was well-known throughout Southern Ontario and was well-liked and well respected. When he died in 2008, he was keenly missed. Funds in his memory were given to the Sarnia Artists' Workshop by several
different donors. The interest earned on that money contributes to the cash prize for the David Dunk Award.
The winner of the David Dunk Award for a 3-dimensional work is chosen by the members present at the competition by ballot.
Artist: Liz Rogers