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MICHAEL BURTCH: ARTIST

SCULPTOR, SOUND ARTIST, WRITER, SET DESIGNER

NORDIK'S COMMENTS

NORDIK'S COMMENTS ON MICHAEL'S "AWARD OF MERIT"

 

RESEARCH ASSOCIATE MICHAEL BURTCH AWARDED MEDAL OF MERIT

Michael Burtch, Research Associate with NORDIK Institute, was awarded Sault Ste. Marie’s highest honour in March 2018, when he received the City’s Medal of Merit for his outstanding work in culture and the arts. Family and friends, together with City dignitaries, celebrated the award with a dinner at the Civic Centre in his honour. Michael’s work has benefitted Sault Ste. Marie, Algoma District, and particularly the arts community, in many ways – as a visual artist his sculptures illustrated several public and private locations, including the John Rhodes Community Centre; as an educator his passion for art history has engaged students and adult learners; and as a curator and former Director of the Art Gallery of Algoma he has supported the development of both artists and audiences across the region. In 2016-17, Michael chaired the cultural committee for Sault Ste. Marie’s strategic planning efforts, resulting in a much increased understanding of the role culture plays as one of the four pillars of community resilience, and a renewed commitment by the City to supporting cultural endeavors. In the last few years, Michael’s research into the Group of Seven has brought recognition to the vital role the Algoma region played in this historical collaboration of artists which has defined Canadian art throughout the world. This work made a significant contribution to the identification of Sault Ste Marie and Algoma as one of Tourism Ontario’s key Group of Seven locales to visit. NORDIK congratulates Michael on his achievements and this particular award – way to go!!!

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