Personal Philanthropy

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
2019/2020     Alex Bierk


"Davy, looking up”, oil on linen, over wood panel, 9 x 12 inches, 2018

Past Recipients
2018     Daniel Hutchinson
2017     Dorian FitzGerald
2016     Steven Volpe
2015     Sasha Pierce
2014     Melissa Doherty
2013     Andrew Rucklidge
2012     Jinny Yu

News Releases

Artist Alex Bierk is awarded the Laura Ciruls Painting Award  June 10, 2020
Daniel Hutchinson is the 2018 recipient of the Laura Ciruls Painting Award   February 12, 2018
Dorian FitzGerald is the 2017 recipient of the Laura Ciruls Painting Award   February 1, 2017

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