Marty Vreede

Prime Minister’s Supreme Award recipient 2010

Also award for Sustained Excellence in Tertiary Teaching

Senior Lecturer Printmaking, Quay School of the Arts, Whanganui UCOL

"I love teaching. I teach because it is the most effective way I have found to keep my passion for printmaking alive."

Marty is passionate about printmaking and teaching. His students are the reason he goes to work, spends hours on research, forgets to comb his hair and arrives home tired but with a deep sense of achievement. He is described as “a man who is generous with his time and knowledge, a man of integrity with a massive heart.” Speaking about his teaching, a colleague said, “It’s a type of learning and teaching magic you feel in your head and heart and feel fortunate to witness”.

Including local iwi knowledge, contemporary indigenous art forms and philosophies from around the world in his teaching are important to Marty. He established a harekeke papermaking workshop and used paper from that workshop for his teaching portfolio. Developing the UCOL fine arts programme, chairing the Central Print Council of Aotearoa, New Zealand, being a Nuffield and Fulbright Scholar, an artist in residence, a visiting academic and an exhibiting artist are some of Marty’s personal achievements. Marty says he has been given an opportunity to make his mark on the world. The world is a richer place for those marks.