Philip Rigg (1958 – 1974)
During his years as a student at St. George's School, Philip proved himself a scholar, athlete, and artist of considerable merit, much to the high regard of his classmates and teachers. He maintained credible achievement in the “A” class, while participating fully in the athletic program of the school, winning both the Under-14 and Under-16 Aggregate Trophies, the latter even as he struggled with the disease that led to his death just three months later. Philip had already excelled in Archery, winning the Canadian Junior Archery Championship in 1972. In spite of these attainments, he was a quiet, humble person with a hint of a smile when he spoke. These aspects of his personality dominated his work in the Fine Arts. His pottery was some of the finest done in the School and, as with his painting and drawing, was of quality such that future recipients of a Rigg Scholarship could consider such recognition of their work an honour indeed.
With the gracious support of the family of Philip Rigg (1960-1975), The Visual Arts Department is pleased to be able to recognize the accomplishments of our students in their passion for the arts. The Rigg Scholarship goes each year to Visual Arts students in Grade 11 who exhibit a genuine love of art, a commitment to the program, and talent. They are then expected to lead the program in the coming year and to operate as mentors to younger students.
The Annual Rigg Scholarship exhibitions highlight individual artistic achievement within the Saint Georges community. Each year grade eleven scholarship applicants are invited to display their portfolio’s in the great hall as part of a collaborative, juried art show. Successful candidates display evidence of Head, Heart, and Hand within their body of work. Students are selected from this annual exhibition to receive the distinguished Rigg Scholarship tittle and leadership position within the art department.
In conjunction with the Rigg Applicant exhibition, the current Rigg Scholars are invited to display their senior art portfolios in the lower great hall gallery space as a celebration of their artistic achievement and year of leadership. We celebrate the student’s success with a gallery walk and luncheon with special guest, Mr. Andrew Rigg.