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By Amit Shilton

Ryerson Image Arts professor and graduate studies program director Bruce Elder won the 2007 Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts last Tuesday.

“This is a really splendid honour,” said Elder, who began lecturing at Ryerson in 1972, adding that the former winners “are an impressive group of people.”

Elder’s nomination was spearheaded by two students in the communication and culture graduate program, where he is the director. Don Snyder, the chair of image arts, helped the students formalize the nomination.

“I’m glad for Ryerson, I’m glad to have drawn attention to the work being done here in film and new media,” Elder said. “We’re doing some very good work in new media.”

Ryerson President Sheldon Levy said the award reinforces Ryerson’s national presence. “When you get this type of award it’s a confirmation of the deserved place Ryerson holds in the cultured community,” said Levy.

Elder is currently working on a film to be titled “The Young Prince,” which is expected to be released in six months.

Elder, along with the other winners, will receive his prize from Governor General Michaëlle Jean along with $25,000.

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