Gunter Nolte was a professor in the Department of Visual Arts of the University of Ottawa from 1976 to 1996, and Chair 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.
Professor Nolte was an influential sculptor whose works were widely exhibited both in Canada and abroad. Mr. Nolte's life was a true Canadian story of hard work, dedication and vision. He began his sculpting career in Germany in 1957 making traditional stone carvings in sandstone and slate reliefs. 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 a group which traveled nationally. In the 1980s, his solo exhibitions showcased pieces that combined metal forms and drawings characterized by strong geometric shapes and elements of reflection and repetition.
The Gunter Nolte Commemorative Scholarship provides financial assistance to students registered in the Department of Visual Arts. This fund is intended to emphasize excellence in drawing.
Testimonial presented by Professor Leslie Reid on September 25, 2010