The Don Wright Memorial Scholarship

Each year, St. Michael’s Printshop invites one emerging artist to come work on a project at St. Michael’s Printshop under the Don Wright Printmaking Scholarship (DWS). The DWS includes 24 hour access to the shop for one year (typically starting September 1st), introduction to an awesome arts community and an exhibition in our gallery at the end of the residency.

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.

2021 Call for Submissions

Call opens: Friday, March 12, 2021
Deadline: Friday, April 30, 2021
Notification of results: May 31, 2021 (or earlier). All applicants will be notified of the outcome. 

Application Support:
SMP will be circulating a pre-recorded video explaining the application process on our website and social media channels. If you have any questions please submit them to

How To Apply:

St. Michael’s Printshop (SMP) accepts applications to our Don Wright Scholarship in multiple formats. Our preference is for artists to apply with the google form. Proposals can also be emailed to SMP in written, audio or video form, or pitched to SMP in the form of a zoom interview, which will be recorded for the jury. 

Option #1 
Written Application: Include an Artist statement, Project proposal, documentation and Slide list (this option doesn’t require you to follow the prompts listed below).Fill out the google form, and follow instructions on how to submit your support material. 

*If you do not have gmail and wish to submit your application over email please include all text (outlined in application overview below) as a PDF and attach documentation as jpg. Send to


Written Application with prompts: Instead of a traditional project proposal and artist statement we ask questions that you fill out this google form that includes prompts to help navigate what an Artist Statement and Project Proposal may look like. Fill out the google form, and follow instructions on how to submit your support material. 

Option #2
To schedule a Zoom pitch:
Contact SMP Executive Director Christeen Francis, at to schedule a date/time for a 20-minute pitch of your ideas no later than April 30th, 2021. 

  • Please fill out this online form by the deadline 

Option #3
Send an audio or video recorded application
Make a short audio or video recording of yourself speaking about your project and ideas. You can follow the prompts below. Email the link to the recording to with the subject line “2021 Don Wright Scholarship Submission”. 

  • Please fill out this online form by the deadline 

Application Overview:

*indicates required 

  1. A detailed project proposal* (500 max) include the following:
    • a. What are the themes/ideas/interests you wish to explore during your residency?
    • b. What are the processes/techniques you wish to use during your residency?
    • c. What size/format will your print/s take during your residency?
    • d. What are the goals you have for your project beyond the time of the residency?
    • e. What is your timeline for the execution of your project during the residency?
  1. What are your space requirements for your project (approx. 75 words, optional)
  1. Artist Statement * (250 max)
    • a. What are the general themes/ideas/interests that you explore in your practice beyond the scope of the residency? 
    • b. What are the overarching goal/s of your artistic practice and how do you work towards them?
  1. What is your experience working in shared spaces?* (approx. 150 words)
    • Note: SMP is a community-based space where you work alongside others! We share space, equipment, and support one another in our individual and group endeavours. If you have worked in a community-based space before, tell us about your experience! If you haven’t had a chance to work in a community-based space, what draws you to working in one?
  2. Do you anticipate requiring any support from SMP in the creative or execution of your project? If so please explain.  (approx. 75 word, optional)
  1. Are there any accessibility requirements that SMP should be made aware of? Or, Is there any other information you wish to share to support your application? If so please use this space. ? (approx. 150 word, optional)
    • Note: SMP has several physical accessibility barriers. The shop is located on the second floor of an old building without an elevator. If SMP can make adjustments to our space to make it more accessible and inclusive please let us know here. 

7. Is there any other information you wish to share to support your application? (approx. 150 words, optional)

8. Include up to 10 items of support material (Images, JPG, max 1MB). For audio/video work include a link to a streaming platform such as SoundCloud, Vimeo or YouTube in your support material inventory. For video support materials clips can be up to 3 minutes long maximum. Specify the start/end times for the clip you’d like watched.

Title all files with your name in the order you want them viewed (ie: 01_YourName.jpg)

9. Provide an Inventory/Image List. An inventory is a list of all of the files that you are sending us in order and should include all relevant information to help the jury understand your work. This can be the title of the work, the year it was made, any collaborators, location, dimensions, materials etc. What you include in your inventory is up to you. All YouTube, Soundcloud or Vimeo links should be included here.

10. Artist CV (2 pages max) – A resume that highlights participation in art exhibitions, events, arts based community experience, etc… Please include contact information: email, phone number, address, province of residence.


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.

SMP defines emerging artists as an individual who has recently undergone experience building opportunities towards being an artist. This includes:

  • Those who have recently graduated from a Fine Arts Program of study (major or minor in printmaking) in the last four years.
  • Those who have recently graduated from a Post-Secondary Diploma with a Fine Arts/printmaking focus in the last four years.
  • Those who have independently developed expertise and experience in printmaking without a formal education within the last six-eight years (first workshop, exhibition, or other defining moment as defined by the artist). 
  • MFA students and graduates are not eligible for our Don Wright Scholarship (but please look into our Visiting Artist Residency Program)
  • All applicants must demonstrate technical competence in one or more print processes available at St. Michael’s and/or must demonstrate innovation in printmaking 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.

Benefits of Scholarship

  • Free membership and rent-free 24-hour access to the Printshop for 12 months
  • $1,000 Artist Fee
  • Free enrolment in SMP Workshops
  • Exhibition in the SMP Gallery space at the end of the residency
  • Community engagement and professional development opportunities
  • Will provide letters of support to the recipient for applications to other funding sources

SMP Staff and the Programming Committee are committed to working with the successful applicant to support them to address their individual needs during the duration of the residency.

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.


If you have questions that aren’t answered here, feel free to contact St. Michael’s Printshop (email: We will do our best to reply to all queries, but keep in mind that as the deadline approaches we may not have time to get back to you. 

Application process:

We know that the creative process is not always linear and that the actual work may change during the year-long project, but it is important for you to have an idea how your time will be broken down into steps to ensure steady progress and timely completion of the work. 

Our staff is happy to write letters of support for DWS recipients planning on applying for grants or travel assistance from different municipal, provincial, federal funding bodies. 

Jury process and considerations:

Jurying is done by the Programming Committee, which is made up of artists at different stages of their careers. We understand that the applicants come from diverse backgrounds and have different experience and skill levels in writing proposals as well as developing their work, and we take that into account in our consideration.

Make this list into sentences to explain each *While working through your application, please keep in mind…

The jury considers these aspects of the applications: 

  • Clarity of ideas
  • Image documentation
    • Please send us clear, well lit images of your work. Include strong pieces of previous work. 
    • These do not necessarily have to relate to the proposed project, but they should highlight potential. 
    • You may also include sketches and works in progress related to the proposed project.
  • Feasibility of the project plan
    • Please ensure that the project can be accomplished within the one year scholarship and that it is doable with the resources available at SMP.

The jury may select and interview a shortlist of potential applicants.

Studio Expectations:

  • The Don Wright scholar is required to familiarize themselves with the studio guidelines and to complete a mandatory studio orientation 
  • The Don Wright scholar must be able to work independently
  • All artists are responsible for obtaining and using the personal safety equipment needed for the proper handling of materials (gloves, respirators, etc.)
  • The behaviour of artists must be in compliance with establishing a safe and supportive working environment (Code of Conduct link)
  • Year-long personal storage space is available for Don Wright scholars
  • St. Michael’s provides black and white inks, rags, solvents and chemistries to all studio users 
  • Artists are responsible for their own plates, paper, coloured inks, drawing materials etc.

Relocating to St. John’s NL

We appreciate that relocating to a new city is daunting and might be prohibitive to some applicants. We’ve put together some links to introduce you to life here in St. John’s and are happy to answer any questions you might have.

Memorial University has put together an excellent resource for relocation to St. John’s NL, we encourage you to review it if you are from away and are considering applying .

SMP is located in the Baird Building, a cultural hub in downtown St. John’s which houses independent artist studios, artist-run centres and collectives.

St. John’s has a small and vibrant arts community hosting many festivals year round including in addition to regular programming by cultural institutions such as The Rooms and Eastern Edge.

Lawnya Vawnya – An Exposition of Independent Art & Culture
Hold Fast –  a contemporary arts festival organized by Eastern Edge 
Out of Earshot – A festival showcasing DIY and emerging music and arts

Previous Don Wright Scholars

Emily Critch 2020-2021
Hildur Jónasson 2019-2020
Megan Wells 2018-2019
Lani Burshtein 2017-2018
Michael Ciesielski 2016-2017
Jesse Wardell 2015-2016
Amery Sandford 2014-2015
Virginia Mittford 2013-2014
April White 2012-2013
Audrey Hurd 2011-2012

Don Wright Scholar for 2020-2021: Emily Critch

Emily Critch is an artist and curator of Mi’kmaq and settler ancestry from Elmastukwek, Ktaqmkuk Territory (Bay of Islands, Newfoundland). She received her BFA in Visual Arts from Memorial University of Newfoundland (2018). She has completed residencies with the Corner Brook Museum and Archives, St. Michael’s Printshop, and the Inaugural MOMUS Emerging Critics Residency. Her work has been supported by Arts NL and Canada Council for the Arts. Emily has exhibited her work with Grenfell Art Gallery, Eastern Edge Gallery, The Rooms, the Hafnarfjörður Centre of Culture and Fine Art (Iceland), and she is the 2020-2021 Don Wright Scholar at St. Michael’s Printshop.

Don Wright Scholar for 2019-2020: Hildur Jónasson

Born and raised in Reykjavík, Iceland and based out of Nelson, BC, Hildur Jónasson completed a post baccalaureate (undergraduate) degree in fine art printmaking in 2016 at Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University (NSCAD).

Jónasson self describes as a printcentric, multi disciplinary contemporary artist. Her love of printmaking informs her art practice as she approaches her work with a printmaker’s eye. She explores themes of our relationship to nature at the intersection of climate change, natural phenomena, folklore/mythology, and the intangible powers of nature.

Jónasson’s work can range from small, jewel-like sculptures to large ephemeral print installations of ghost-like glaciers. Jónasson holds work in public collections and has exhibited in Canada, Reykjavík (Iceland) and New York. Hildur has participated as artist in residence at The Banff Centre, The Arctic Circle as well as The Toni Onley Artists’ Project. This September, Jónasson will be the scholar at St Michael´s Printshop in St John´s, Newfoundland, Canada for one year.