The Marijke Nap Memorial Prize in Print Media

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Honouring Marijke’s creative talent and vision

The Nap family, friends and colleagues are pleased to establish The Marijke Nap Memorial Prize in Print Media honouring artist Marijke Nap’s contributions to the Printmaking community of Vancouver. Marijke worked as a print artist and Printmaking Technician, first at Capilano College, then at UBC for a decade, where she provided guidance and assistance to several generations of students.

The prize honours Marijke’s memory and her work as an artist and will be awarded to the best third-year BA or BFA Visual Art major student enrolled in a UBC Department of Art History, Visual Art and Theory Printmaking winter term course.

Your gift will support this prize and will celebrate Marijke’s life as an accomplished artist, valued colleague and beloved friend.

In support of this fund, the Nap family is also donating the proceeds from the sale of prints by Marijke Nap at Malaspina Printmakers on Granville Island to the memorial prize.


Marijke's - untitled ocean with pink  18 x 25.25

About Marijke Nap

Marijke Nap was born in Brazil in 1965, moved to the Netherlands in 1976, and then to Canada in 1978. Marijke was inspired and affected by the events and environment of her childhood in Brazil, and this is apparent in her work: carnival costumes to carnivalesque monkeys, oleander trees, and the birds of Sabará, Minas Gerais. With a great drive to learn about her culture, in her early adulthood she spent a few years in Holland. She spoke many languages, including Dutch, Portuguese and Spanish.

She attended the studio art program at Vancouver College and Capilano University in Vancouver. Marijke was always a great advocate and contributor to the Printmaking community of Vancouver. She helped in founding the New Leaf Editions International Miniature Print Exhibition with Debra Dedyluk and Peter Braune, she also worked with Katie Dey at New Leaf Editions, forming many friendships along the way. Marijke worked as a Printmaking Technician at Capilano College, and then became the Printmaking Technician in the Department of Art History, Visual Art and Theory at the University of British Columbia, where she inventively assisted several generations of students. She served on the board of Directors at Malaspina Printmakers Society and Dundarave Print Workshop, both on Granville Island in Vancouver.

Marijke Nap “performed” via the media of print, drawing and collage, displaying the many facets of her person and the many sources that inspired the complex narratives she constructed. Her practice reveals the process of working through a variety of materials and techniques, from traditional etching, screen printing, lithography, photography and digital applications. She experimented widely on print matrixes and paper, with objects, and often added textural elements using cloth, collage, flocking, and even substances such as pollen or sugar. The themes of her work are varied, sometimes deeply psychological and mysterious, and at other times absurd, but always with a distinctively whimsical sensibility. Much like herself, her work was multi-faceted, and each artwork offers a unique and stimulating expression of her worldview for someone to connect to.