Gunter Nolte Commemorative Scholarship (OSOTF) (722220101492)



Gunter Nolte Commemorative Scholarship

Gunter Nolte was a professor in the Department of Visual Arts of the University of Ottawa from 1976 to 1996, and Director of the Department from 1991 until 1995. He was considered to be a brilliant teacher with a profound dedication to art and art education. Such was his devotion as a teacher that he continued to teach the General Art History course in the Department until two months before he died in March 2000, despite the toll it was taking on his health. Gunter was an influential sculptor whose works were widely exhibited both in Canada and abroad.

Gunter’s life was a true Canadian story of hard work and dedication to achieving his vision. He began his sculpting career in Germany in 1957 making traditional stone carvings in sandstone and slate reliefs. He emigrated to Montreal in 1957 and first found work as a high fashion hairdresser by day and making and studying art in the evening. He received his B.A. (cum laude) in 1970 and Masters of Fine Arts in 1976. In the ensuing decades, his art flourished. During the mid-1960s, he won first prize in Sculpture at the Eleventh Winnipeg Show. In the early 1970s, he was a founding member of one of the first parallel galleries in Canada Véchicule Inc. and participated in group shows (Camerart and Quebec 75) which traveled nationally. In the 1980s, his solo exhibitions (Musée d’art contemporain, Montreal; the Bertha Urdang Gallery, New York; and the Canadian Cultural Centre, Paris) showcased pieces that combined metal forms and drawings characterized by strong geometric shapes and elements of reflection and repetition.


To provide financial assistance to students registered in the Department of Visual Arts. This fund is intended to emphasize excellence in drawing.


Eligibility Criteria

The applicant must:

1. be registered full- or part-time in the Bachelor of Fine Arts program in the Department of Visual Arts at the Faculty of Arts of the University of Ottawa;

2. be an Ontario resident, as per OSAP[2] rules;

3. demonstrate financial need, as determined by the Financial Aid and Awards Service of the University of Ottawa;

4. be registered or have completed one of these courses: ART2951, ART2952, ART3952, ART3953, ART4987, art4988 or ART4989; and

5. submit a drawing project and description (max. 500 words) through the online application.

Note: The applicant could also be invited to participate in an exhibition.

Value of the Award: Minimum $500

Number of Awards: Variable

Frequency: Annual

Level of Award: Undergraduate

Application Contact: Financial Aid and Awards Service

Application Deadline: October 31


Applications must be made through Online Scholarships and Bursaries, which can be accessed through, and should include:

1. the Financial Questionnaire;

2. a drawing; and

3. a description of the drawing project, 500 words maximum.


[1] OSOTF: Ontario Student Opportunity Trust Fund

[2] OSAP: Ontario Student Assistance Program