March 17, 1955 – March 19, 2011
In the spring of 2011, Winnipeg’s graphic design community lost one of its brightest lights with the passing of Terry Kuzina. Terry was a unique individual. In a demanding profession where burnout can happen quickly and where one’s best years are often over long before you expect them to be, Terry was one of those rare talents whose abilities and passion for his craft only grew with the passing years – he just kept getting better!
Terry was a graduate of the University of Manitoba Fine Arts program and the Red River College Ad Art program and went on to found two companies, Kuzina Design and Fusion Communications Group. The contribution that Terry made to the local community as a designer and creative director was significant but pales in comparison to the contribution that he made as a mentor and quality human being. What made Terry so great were actually not his creative abilities - as significant as they were - it was his gentle spirit, his enthusiasm and his persistence as he invested himself into the lives so many young designers, many of them students in Red River College’s Graphic Design program. Terry passed along his love for design and for the creative process and gave them the tools to succeed as professionals. If you look around the Winnipeg creative community today, many of our best creative professionals were guided at some point early in their careers by Terry.
Of his many accomplishments, Terry was perhaps most proud of his golf game, a sport he picked up in his 40s and loved to play with his brothers, friends and colleagues. He was highly competitive with himself, always pushing and learning ways to be better. He was often found in his office heavily concentrating on putting his tin-foil golf ball. Never one to brag, he broke 80 and got 2 hole-in-ones a week apart!
To honour Terry’s memory and ensure his legacy of mentorship and creativity continues, the family has created The Terry Kuzina Memorial Student Award for Graphic Design in his honour. This award is funded by private donations and proceeds from his favourite game (The Kuzina Cup), and is presented to an outstanding 2nd year Graphic Design student who plans to enter the Graphic Design Advanced Program.
Terry will be always respected for his impact on the design community and remembered as a partner, esteemed creative director, friend and mentor to all.