A Red Deer College visual art instructor has been inducted into the principal organization representing the interests of ceramists worldwide.
Trudy Golley is now a member of the International Academy of Ceramics.
The 2020 academy congress, which included the induction ceremony and an art exhibition, was scheduled for this summer in Finland, until the global COVID-19 pandemic forced its postponement.
Despite the delay in formal recognition, Golley is considered a full-fledged member of the group.
“The IAC membership represents 74 countries across all continents, and this prestigious induction and honour recognizes Trudy’s expertise and vision, and reflects the high-calibre instruction available to RDC students,” said Jane MacNeil, dean of the school of arts and sciences and school of creative arts.
“This is not only a well-deserved recognition of Trudy’s accomplishments, but also enhances the intellectual and cultural environment of RDC.”
Golley says her introduction to the academy was in 1999, when she was invited to participate in the art exhibition that was being held as part of the group’s congress in Waterloo, Ont.
“There is an incredible amount of networking that happens at an IAC congress. Being an educator, I’m always interested in how ceramics is taught around the world, and I can have those in-person conversations with artists from many different countries,” said Golley.
“There’s usually a showcase of global ceramic work, including from the members of the host country, as part of a large museum exhibition. It is always interesting and great exposure to see things first hand rather than in a photograph.”
Golley, who is one of 16 academy members from Canada, has taught ceramics and visual fundamentals at RDC since 2000.
Golley has taught, presented and led workshops in Canada, Australia, China, Denmark, Scotland, Malta and the United States.
She plans to attend and exhibit some of her artwork at the 2021 Congress, which will be held in Finland.