Community Projects and Partnerships
THE MEDALLIC ART SOCIETY OF CANADA
The War of 1812: Commemorating 200 Years of Peace
MASC was founded in July 2000, when artist Del Newbigging invited a group of artists to discuss the possibilities of reviving a proper focus on medallic arts. His major inspiration was his mentor, Canada’s Dora de Pédery-Hunt. Dora created many important medals, including the portrait of Queen Elizabeth II, used exclusively on all Canadian coins from 1990-2002. Today, MASC reaches out beyond Canadian borders with members from England, the United States and Australia.
For this project the Niagara 1812 Legacy Council and the Medallic Art Society of Canada have partnered to seek the best submission of a commemorative medal that depicts the War of 1812 and the 200 years of peace that will be celebrated during the bicentennial.
The chosen medal will be reproduced and given to visiting dignitaries, politicians, sponsors, notable volunteers and the like, during the three years of the bicentennial celebrations. The first reproduction was presented to the Canadian Governor General, who attended the opening ceremonies. The chosen design was created by artist Art Ellis.
Entries were selected for display from submissions from both students and practicing artists. The display can be viewed in the Rodman Hall Art Centre Library as part of the bicentennial celebrations.