Last Days at GPRC

Last Days at GPRC

For the last two years, I’ve spent more time at GPRC than the comfort of my own home. I come here before the sun comes up every exam day to stick with my study habits (and it worked) and leave after everyone has already left.

For every Sunday that I have spent in the empty study halls and hallways trying to make sense and catch up with the topics from my classes, GPRC has always been there to support my crazy study techniques.


As my last days at GPRC near, I start to reminisce about the experiences that made me who I am today as a student, and for every story I remember, this College always plays a big part. Every class I’ve been in and every person I’ve met, has and always will be a special part of my life. As I walk through these halls for the last time as a student, I begin to realize that being a GPRC student has become my norm. However it is time to move on and start living life outside my comfort zone. From the stressful days of midterms and finals to the joyful nights in dorms and Howlers, these are the moments that will forever be embedded in my memory. Life as a college student is rough but my friends, my instructors and the college itself has made it way easier. As future alumni of GPRC all I have to say is thank you.

Submitted by John Raymund, GPRC Student Ambassador.

Future Present: GPRC Alumni & Colleagues Exhibition

Future Present: GPRC Alumni & Colleagues Exhibition

Join us tonight, January 26 for the opening reception of Future Present.

GPRC is excited to partner with The Art Gallery of Grande Prairie in celebrating the College’s 50th anniversary with this special exhibition, curated by Faculty in the Fine Arts Department.

The exhibition will run January 26 to March 20 and will showcase artwork by past students, faculty and staff.

The concept for the art exhibition started during the College’s 50th anniversary celebrations in 2016-17. The show features 15 artists.

Let’s meet those artists now.

Dan Arberry studied Fine Art at GPRC for three years before finishing his Bachelor of Fine Art at the University of Calgary in 1998. He returned to Grande Prairie to give back to the arts community. Currently he teaches drawing at the Centre for Creative Arts and has been on the Board of Directors for eight years. In addition, Arberry helps others organize art exhibitions, mentors youth, and promotes the idea that art is for everyone.

Kasie Campbell is a visual artist working in Edmonton. Campbell’s work is provocative, combining elements of sculpture, photography, and installation into large scale arrangements. Her goal is to confuse notions of appeal with revolt and pleasure with disgust as well as generate a sense of empathy from the viewer. In 2015, Campbell won the Outstanding Student Achievement Award from the International Sculpture Centre in New Jersey for her work Scopophilia. Two of her sculptures are currently on view at the City of Edmonton’s public art collection in Borden Park until 2019.

Fiona Connell moved to Grande Prairie in 1973 where she studied set design and costumes for theatre at GPRC. She finished her Bachelor of Fine Art (painting) at the University of Calgary and her Master of Fine Art (Painting/Mixed Media) at the University of Alberta. Connell’s series of works, Dwellings, examines the home as a symbol of life. Her choice of materials represents the concept of stereotypical ‘women’s work.’ These pieces are meant to create a starting point for the viewer to make connections of their own and awaken narratives for themselves.

Janet Farnquist completed her Visual Arts and Design Diploma at GPRC in 2015. She works in painting and sculpture and has participated in several group shows in the Peace Region. Her recent works in painting focus on the exploration of the subconscious mind. Farnquist currently resides in Grande Prairie where she is the Coordinator of Exhibitions and Collections at the Art Gallery of Grande Prairie.

Jennifer Ferris was born and raised in Grande Prairie and graduated with a diploma in Visual Arts and Design from GPRC in 2016. Her work is inspired by Canada, nature, and the places that she has visited throughout her life. Her goal is to capture and share the beauty of her home and the places around her.

Ashley Gaboury attended GPRC before receiving her Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2003 from the University of Lethbridge. Gaboury uses a variety of mediums including watercolor pencils, alcohol-based markers, acrylics, and mixed media. She is a professional artist and has established herself as an art instructor having previously worked as an instructor at the Prairie Art Gallery (now the AGGP).

Tim Heimdal completed a Fine Art Diploma at GPRC and continued his studies at the Alberta College of Art and Design in Calgary.  His work often displays figurative expression.  Heimdal started painting murals as one of his main modes of artistic expression in 1984.  He has designed and painted over 100 murals, over 100 sets for theatre events and exhibited paintings.  His work has been featured across Alberta, Canada, the US and Japan.

Dinosaur Tales

In 2005 Tim completed a series of murals for the Grande Prairie Heritage Museum expansion.  Roy Bickel, President of the Museum Board, told Tim he had a dream to build a dinosaur museum.  Tim replied that he would love to do a mural there.

Roy remembered his conversation with Tim and eight years later Tim was contracted to create a mural for the Aykroyd Family Theatre in the Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum in Wembley, AB. Tim designed and painted Dinosaur Tales which he dedicates to the memory of visionary Roy Bickel.

Kenzie Housego attended GPRC and holds a Visual Communication certificate as well as a Bachelor of Fine Art (Print Media) from the Alberta College of Art and Design. Her art practice involves mixed media, performance, fashion design, and wearable artwork. Housego is drawn to found objects and imagery with a sense of history, investigating narratives of a romanticized past as well as reflecting on stereotypical images of the feminine by highlighting contemporary modes of beauty and addressing the notions of the relationship between hunger and desire.

Katherine Moe was born and raised in Northern Alberta and attended GPRC to pursue her passion for the arts. She received her diploma for Visual Arts and Design in 2017. Her acrylic paintings use bold colours and large gestural strokes exploring texture and experimental techniques to create light. Her inspiration comes from a sense of nostalgia carried by sounds, patterns of light, or the waft of a fragrance.

Candace Sanderson studied Visual Arts and Design at GPRC in 1994 and developed a passion for sculpting with wood. Her creations consist of organic forms that are rich with colour and depth. Sanderson spends part of each year in British Columbia and her sculptures reflect the influences of Canada’s West Coast yet remain grounded in the Peace Region that shaped her youth.

Kiren Niki Sangra received a diploma in Visual Arts and Design from GPRC in 2002. After earning her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Alberta College of Art and Design (Jewellery/Metals) in 2006, she returned to Grande Prairie and began working at the Centre for Creative Arts as the Creative Operations Coordinator. Sangra uses a variety of art media and mainly uses watercolor and acrylic paints in her art practice.

Marjorie Taylor graduated from the department of Fine Arts at GPRC in 1984. She became interested in Art History and was introduced to centuries of various art forms from many countries which became an inspiration in her paintings. She uses a variety of mediums in her artwork including acrylic, clay, wood, soapstone, and found objects. Taylor tries to expand boundaries and strives to perfect her techniques along her artistic journey.

Christina Wallwork is a Canadian artist from Peterborough, Ontario. She attended Nipissing University for Culture and Religion in North Bay, Ontario from 2005-2008 before completing her Visual Arts and Design diploma at GPRC. Her artistic process is one of self-discovery and expression. Her subjects focus on wildlife, nature, and spirituality and involve a variety of mediums including pastel, sumi ink, and acrylic paint. Wallwork currently lives in Grande Prairie where she works as a fine artist and a professional framer.

Lena Gilje fell in love with painting while studying Visual Arts and Design at GPRC and graduated in 2008. She earned her diploma from Western Academy of Photography in Victoria, British Columbia and has launched an exciting art career that includes both mixed media and photography. Gilje has travelled and explored art and culture throughout Europe meeting many great people along her journey.

Chris Kinderwater completed a diploma in Visual Arts and Design from GPRC and Bachelor of Fine Art from the University of Lethbridge as well as several other courses from the University of Calgary and Alberta College of Art and Design. His work focuses primarily on portrait painting and his goal is to strike a balance between precise detail and vague chaos while simultaneously portraying a recognizable face. Last year at Isabel Campbell Public School’s annual Pink Shirt Day “Guardians” assembly Kinderwater unveiled a painted portrait of the school’s namesake.

“We’re extremely proud of all the work done by the College’s Fine Arts department and we’re excited to showcase the accomplishments of our visual arts alumni with the Art Gallery of Grande Prairie. This is truly an exciting opportunity for the community to see what our students, staff and faculty accomplish,” said Susan Bansgrove, GPRC Vice-President Academics and Research

Come on down and see for yourself.

The exhibition will run January 26 to March 20.


President’s Scholarship Award

President’s Scholarship Award

GPRC is excited to announce a new entrance award for Alberta students starting college in September 2017!

This award is a scholarship that covers full tuition and fees for the first year of studies at GPRC and will be granted to the five top students entering their first year at GPRC, in any program of study.

Here is the best part – every 2017 Alberta high school graduate is eligible for this award!

All you need to do is apply for admission to GPRC by August 1, 2017 and you are automatically considered for one of the five awards being offered. If you are selected for this scholarship, you must confirm registration to GPRC and acceptance of the award offer by August 15th in order to receive it. So keep checking your email!

So what are you waiting for? Apply now! Let’s get your started on a path to a career you’ll love!

The GPRC President’s Scholarship Awards will be awarded annually to Alberta high school graduates who apply to GPRC by August 1 of the year in which they graduate from High School. GPRC will identify applicants from Alberta high schools with the highest averages in their high school core subjects, based on transcripts received from the Government of Alberta.

2017 College Classic

2017 College Classic

At the beginning of the month, GPRC had their beloved annual fundraising event, the College Classic.

Golfers from near and far joined us at the Grande Prairie Golf & Country Club on Friday, June 2 for a fun day filled of golfing, delicious food, drinks and amazing auction and raffle prizes.

Thank you to all our amazing sponsors and donors for their generous contributions.

The golfing kicked off mid-morning with GPRC President and CEO, Don Gnatiuk signalling the start time with GPRC Wolves mascot, Farley.

Farley even got in on the golf action. Showing off his skills at the Sink It To Win – Putting Contest.

In true Grande Prairie fashion, a short down pour delayed play for an hour but that didn’t stop our GPRC supporters from making the best of their time starting silent auction and raffle bids early.

And before we knew it, they were back on the course.

College Classic committee member and emcee of the evening, Brody Thomson welcomed guests in after a fun day out on the course.

President & CEO, Don Gnatiuk then thanked each and every single one of the individual who helped make the 2017 College Classic so special.

A delicious smoked salmon and BBQ chicken dinner was served before Kevin Tink of Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers started the live auction bidding! Thank you GP Golf & Country Club for the delicious meal and Kevin Tink for the energy you bring to our auctions.

The 2017 College Classic was a huge success. Thank you to everyone who came out and supported our college. Your generous contributions are vital to GPRC.

See all the photos here.


Welcome New GPRC Wolves Women’s Basketball Coach

Welcome New GPRC Wolves Women’s Basketball Coach

GPRC Athletics is pleased to announce that Mandy Botham is assuming the position of Head Coach for GPRC Wolves Women’s Basketball team.

Coming from Prince George, British Columbia with 14 years of experience in coaching basketball, Botham has competed at both provincial and national levels multiple times. Botham is always bringing plenty of playing experience to the team having played for GPRC herself from 1994-96 and was a member of the team that went undefeated in 1994-95, won ACAC’s and placed 3rd at CCAA National Championships in Truro, Nova Scotia.

Botham’s coaching experience includes coaching at the Canada Basketball Centre for Performance in Vancouver, as well as coaching at post-secondary levels including University of Northern British Columbia and Kwantlen Polytechnic University. She was also the Head Coach for Team BC’s U15 Girls Teams in 2014 and 2015.

Most recently, Botham served as head coach position for the Rebels Elite Basketball program and the College Heights Secondary School Women’s Basketball team, both located in Prince George, British Columbia.
“Mandy is a welcomed addition to the Wolves coaching staff,” says GPRC Athletics Director François Fournier.  “We have no doubt that the passion and experience she brings to the court, along with her personality and coaching style will provide the support and direction the team needs to achieve its goals this coming season.”

“I am excited to be the leader of the Wolves Women’s Basketball program,” says Botham. “I’m looking forward to bringing my passion for the game of basketball to Grande Prairie and to get involved in the community and in growing and developing local athletes.”

GPRC Wolves Athletics is looking forward to the coaching skills and energy Botham will bring to the program.

“GPRC has been very welcoming to me,” says Botham. “I’m looking forward to taking this team into the future and getting out on the court and watching our team grow in their skills, academics and community engagement.”