The Don Wright Memorial Scholarship

Each year, St. Michael’s Printshop invites applications from emerging artists who wish to come to work at St. Michael’s Printshop for one year under the Don Wright Printmaking Scholarship.

First awarded in 1991, the Don Wright Scholarship was established in recognition of visual artist Don Wright for the valuable contribution he made to the development of St. Michael’s Printshop and the visual arts in Newfoundland and Labrador.



This program offers an emerging artist the opportunity to develop ideas and technical skills in a professional printmaking facility. One scholarship residency is offered each year. In order to qualify, applicants must meet the following minimum requirements:

  • Must reside in or near St. John’s Newfoundland and Labrador or be willing to relocate in order to maintain a regular presence in the studio and consistent art production schedule during the tenure of the scholarship.
  • Must have completed a Fine Arts Program of study in the last four years from a Canadian Institution. Eligible programs include Undergraduate (BFA), Post-Secondary Diploma, or demonstrate an equivalent amount of experience with certification. MFA students and graduates are not eligible.
  • Must demonstrate technical competence in one or more print processes available at St. Michael’s and must demonstrate innovation in the print medium more broadly:

Conditions of the Residency

The scholarship recipient agrees to:

  • Maintain a consistent art production schedule for the one-year duration of the residency. Residencies typically start in September and run for 12 consecutive months.
  • Donate two prints from each edition* printed during the residency to St. Michael’s Printshop. One of these prints will be retained in the printshop’s archives, the other is used for fundraising purposes.
    * We appreciate that not all contemporary print practices conform to traditional editions and in such instances, we can work out alternative arrangements.
  • Assist with various studio activities throughout the year such as helping with Printshop activities such as workshops, exhibitions, fundraisers, etc…

Benefits of Scholarship

  • Free membership and rent-free 24-hour access to the Printshop for 12 months
  • $1,000 Artist Fee
  • Mentorship from the Technical Director
  • Free enrolment in Visiting Artist Workshops
  • Exhibition in the SMP Gallery space at the end of the residency
  • Community engagement and professional development opportunities
  • Potential part-time work opportunity as an SMP shop assistant
  • Will provide letters of support to the recipient for applications to other funding sources

Submission Guidelines

Complete applications must be submitted by 11:59 on Tuesday, April 30, 2019

The following support materials are part of the online application form, we recommend compiling and editing this information in a word processor and then copying and pasting into the form fields when you are ready to submit everything.

  • Artist Bio (150 words max)
  • Summary (75 words max) – please provide a clear and concise overview of your project
  •  A detailed project proposal (2 pages max) that includes the following:
    • A project description explaining what you plan to make and the creative direction or goals you have for the project
    • A rough timeline for the execution of your project
    • Print medium(s) and materials you intend to work with
    • Significance to your creative practice/career – how this project will support your development as an artist
    • How you propose to engage with the SMP and NL arts communities
  • Artist Statement –  the concepts or themes you will be exploring with your artistic practice (250 words max)
  • Names and contact information (phone number, email) for 2 professional references
  • Artist’s CV (2 pages max) – an updated resume that confirms a professional arts practice. Please include contact information: email, phone number, address, province of residence
  • Image list (include title, medium, size, year made)
  • Image Submission Requirements:
    • 10 support images maximum, each file formatted at 72dpi, 1mb each, jpeg format
    • please label your files numerically to correspond with your image list and use the following format: 00_Lastname_Title_year
  • For video support materials include a separate PDF with a video link
    • Clips can be no longer than 5 minutes max
    • specify the start/end times for the clip you’d like watched
    • Video links will count as one of your support images

To Submit

Completed application submitted via the official DWS google form found here.  


The deadline to apply is Tuesday, April 30, 2019, at 11:59 pm

All submissions will be juried by the SMP programming committee and notifications will be sent out within 8 weeks of the deadline.

All applicants will be notified of the outcome.

Frequently Asked Questions

Thank you for your interest in submitting your work to St. Michael’s Printshop. Please see our frequently asked questions (FAQ) page for more information about the Don Wright Scholarship and common questions associated with the application process. We’ve done our best to cover all our bases but please don’t hesitate to contact our staff during office hours if you require additional information or require feedback on your application. Please send queries as early as possible. If they arrive too near the deadline we may not be able to respond.

Previous Don Wright Scholars

Megan Wells 2018-2019

Lani Burshtein 2017-2018

Michael Ceilieski 2016-2017

Jesse Wardell 2015-2016

Amery Sandford 2014-2015

Virginia Mittford 2013-2014

April White 2012-2013