OCAD University friend and philanthropist Ernie Herzig recently passed away in Collingwood, Ontario. Mr. Herzig is remembered as a devoted supporter of OCAD University, where he studied sculpture in 1995.
With his wife Rivette, Mr. Herzig made several generous donations to OCAD U. These include gifts to the annual Whodunit? fundraiser and the Dorothy H. Hoover Library. The Herzigs also established the Ernie & Rivette Herzig Bursary to support OCAD U students who need financial assistance. In 2013/14, 18 students received aid from this endowed fund. One of those students, Cody Pope, said, “I am so grateful to receive this support. I am so incredibly thankful. The support has allowed me to concentrate more on developing my skills as an artist at OCAD U. Thank you for helping me realize my dreams!”
Mr. Herzig was a well-known Toronto printer and publisher. In 1965, he and Bill Somerville founded Herzig Somerville, a prepress company that supplied colour separations to the printing industry. An offshoot of that business, Mintmark Press, focused on printing fine-art books. Outside his business interests, Mr. Herzig had a long-standing passion for the arts. For many years, he was involved with the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition, serving as chairman in 1980. For 40 years, Mr. Herzig was also a sculptor, showing his work at several galleries as well as outdoors, and in a one-man show at the Canadian Sculpture Society in April 2002.
The OCAD University community extends sincere condolences to Mr. Herzig’s family members and friends.