Meet our first-year winners: Gage Minard


Over the next few months, we’ll be featuring a Q&A with the winners from last year’s freshman and this year’s. Meet our third student, art student Gage Minard, who received an Alvin I. Ogilvie Fellowship in 2021.

Tell us a bit about yourself. Where did you grow up? Hobbies while growing up? What were your favorite subjects in high school?

I grew up in Hamilton for most of my life, although I’ve also lived in places like Ireland, New Mexico, and Maine. Since I can hold a pencil, I draw and make art. My favorite subjects in high school were art, English, and musicals.

Why did you apply to McMaster? And why the Faculty of Human Sciences?

I applied to the Studio Art 1 program at McMaster as I am interested in pursuing a career in the arts and hope to obtain a Bachelor of Fine Arts (the outcome of this program).

What does it mean to you to receive this award?

Receiving this award was a huge financial help as college is expensive so it helped tremendously with tuition for this year. It also reassured me that my hard work in high school to get good grades paid off.

What do you hope to accomplish while at McMaster?

I hope to get my Bachelor of Fine Arts at the end of this program in order to achieve artistic goals in the future. Additionally, I hope to continue my learning in other areas of interest through electives.

What has been your favorite class so far?

My favorite courses so far have been 1MI3: Material Art Investigations; 1T03: Introduction to theater and cinema; and 1AA3: Anthropology – Sex, Food and Death.

What do you hope to do after you graduate?

Working for Disney has always been a dream, so this degree will bring me one step closer to that potential achievement.

What do you like to do when you’re not at school?

I love making art, listening to music, watching TV/movies and spending time with my friends, family and pets!

If you could meet and chat with one person, dead or alive, who would it be and why?

I was chatting with Walt Disney – he was always my biggest inspiration as I grew up watching Disney movies, being heavily inspired by his work. I would like to ask him about his experiences and draw on some advice.


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