Algonquin Media Club

Really excited to have my biography in this months Algonquin Times newspaper March 21st 2013 edition. Have been at Algonquin college three times beginning in 1988 and it is a pleasure to be recognized as a Nationally recognized Canadian Ottawa visual artist, seeing quite a few changes over the years at Algonquin. Interesting the photo above my article within the Falling down a wonderland RABBIT HOLE article has a view of the brand new Student Commons building that was built and opened for the first time for the September 2012 start of first semester. I was a student in the 10th anniversary 2012-2013 Pre Animation and Illustration program at the time. This is nice to have a bit of Algonquin College history having the brand new Student Commons building open on the same year I attended within the title page of the Lifestyles section. This year as well 2013 The Algonquin Times won a prestigious Ontario Newspaper award. Congratulations to The Algonquin times newspaper for being named the best Campus Newspaper in Ontario by the Ontario Community Newspapers Association! It is an honour to have had my biography written as an Ottawa artist by Algonquin journalism student Alex Quevillon in this March 21st 2013 edition of this provincial award winning college newspaper! Link to my biography: http://algonquintimes.com/…/third-times-a-charm-for-colleg…/ My photo of me drawing in life drawing class was chosen by the teachers for the 2012-2013 Algonquin College pre animation and illustration web title page.
Link to page: http://www.algonquincollege.com/…/pre-animation-and-illust…/ cheers Gary Corcoran. Algonquin Times March 21st 2013
Third times a charm for college artist
Written by Alex Quellion For most students, graduating from college is the end goal of a post-secondary experience. But for artist Gary Corcoran, 44, attending school has been more of a process, as he is now taking his third Algonquin program. Along the way, he’s worked with countless heavy hitters, building a lengthy portfolio punctuated with Algonquin certificates. Taking the general arts and science pre-animation course, this is Corcoran’s third time attending the college. Corcoran’s currently enrolled in the general arts and science pre-animation course as a mature student. He also took graphic design at Algonquin from 1988 to 1990 and interactive multimedia from 2008 to 2010. “Algonquin has a really youthful feel,” said Corcoran. “Being around younger students makes you feel really youthful. I find it easier to get work done here in the open space they have here.” As living proof that this college provides more than just a stepping stone for a career, Corcoran has had numerous highlights in an already prolific art career, but still comes back to further his knowledge. In the millennium year alone, he had a pair of milestones that made him a truly unique artist. He worked with Corel to demonstrate digital art, the first in Canada to demonstrate it, at the National Capital Fine Art festival. Later that year, his design for the Canadian Wildlife Federation was put up on display at the national headquarters in Kanata. “It’s just pure luck that these two events happened in the year 2000,” he said. “I don’t know how many people have had those two accomplishments, let alone in the same year, and in the millennial year too. It was just really, really lucky.” His Canada-wide highlights continued with a pair of iconic national figures. Corcoran presented hockey legend Guy Lafleur with a portrait he did of him, and while working with Ducks Unlimited, presented Canadian senator Romeo Dallaire with one of his articles of art. “I’m not really interested (in hockey or politics), but they’re figures where, if I can draw something for them, I’m going to do it. Maybe it could lead to future opportunities down the road.” Corcoran also designed art for the Royal Canadian Mint. His work there was appreciated by fellow employee Anthony Testa, who also believes that he is a unique talent. “Gary’s great because he can do traditional art, drawing, and visual and digital art,” said Testa. Not many people can do more than one, they just stick with what they know.” “He’s a great person to work with, easy to get along with, and you always know what you’re getting with Gary.” Corcoran’s abilities are noticed by everyone around him. As his friend for nine years, Doreen Kahale hopes that he can find full-time employment doing what he does best. “He’s very unique and very talented,” said Kahale. “When he’s assigned to a project, he’s committed, you know he’ll get the job done. I really want to see him get a career in art; it’s not an easy field to break into.” His work has reached all over, collaborating with the likes of Mitel, Capital Style, StageFX, National Defence, Natural Resources Canada, Hemera, Department of Fisheries and Oceans, Geomatics Canada, Girl Guides of Canada, Sonovision, Syndesis, Canadian Geographic, and the Green Party of Canada. Even with these accomplishments, Corcoran’s still stepping up his art at Algonquin. “This has to be my favourite program of the three I’ve taken,” said Corcoran. “It just feels great to be a part of the college community.” 2014 Gary Corcoran - Millennium Man 2000 Arts