Grenville Main inducted in to the Massey University CoCA Hall of Fame.
Musician Warren Maxwell, multi-media artist Judy Darragh, cartoonist Sharon Murdoch and designer Grenville Main join a celebrated roll call of artists, designers and musicians who have been made members of the Hall of Fame since its inception a decade ago.
Luminaries such as special effects designer Sir Richard Taylor, fashion designer Rebecca Taylor, product designer Danny Coster (Apple and now Go Pro), photojournalist Robin Hammond, digital artist Gus Hunter and posthumously, artists Len Lye, Gordon Walters and John Drawbridge have all been similarly honoured since 2007.
The latest recipients received their awards at a gala dinner at Te Papa on Friday, June 2nd.
College of Creative Pro Vice-Chancellor, Professor Claire Robinson, says it is always a rewarding event to honour graduates from the College, (that started more than 130 years ago as the School of Design), who have made a creative contribution to New Zealand’s cultural and economic progress.
"We are immensely proud to welcome these outstanding alumni, all of whom have contributed to New Zealand’s economy, reputation and identity through art, music or design, as well as taking innovative ideas to the global economy and popular culture.”
"Grenville Main has made a significant contribution to the design profession and to design in general in New Zealand. He has gained recognition from his peers for his individual achievements and for the role he has played in improving the perception and value of design – as well as encouraging the career development of many emerging designers. He graduated from Wellington Polytechnic with a diploma in Visual Communications and is now Managing Director of DNA, a role he’s held for over 25 years. He is a Fellow of the Designers Institute of New Zealand and in 2013 the Institute awarded him its Black Pin for Outstanding Achievement."