TRU professor a ‘culture changer’

Award-winning Donald Lawrence: “Anything I give to my students, I get back equally or more from them."

Donald Lawrence, a professor of visual arts at Thompson Rivers University, has received the Arts and Humanities Faculty Mentor Award from the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR).

The CUR is an internationally recognized body representing more than 700 institutions and 13,000 individuals and supports faculty development for high-quality undergraduate research. The awards are designed to nurture undergraduate research, scholarship and creative inquiry in arts and humanities disciplines. Lawrence has been mentoring students for nearly 28 years. In 2017, he received TRU’s Undergraduate Research Mentorship Award. To date, he has mentored 64 visual-arts students.

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Lawrence began his career at TRU in 1989. His work has been exhibited in more than 20 solo exhibitions and he has contributed to important international group exhibitions. He has participated in numerous artist residencies, produced multiple refereed publications and is in demand as a speaker and workshop leader. In 2018, the City of Kamloops named Lawrence the Artist of the Year.

“Anything I give to my students, I get back equally or more from them,” Lawrence said.

“Seeing their own accomplishments gives me such pleasure and they routinely make me think differently about my own teaching and artistic practice.

“When I work with my students, I’m creating a longer term network that crosses back and forth, between faculty and students, and then alumni; as faculty, we’re building up a community of artists.”

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