A philanthropist, Dr. Amir Pichhadze uses his art to help benefit others.
I applaud Amir for his artistry and his altruism.
Commenting on the exhibition, Dr. Lorna Marsden, President of York University, stated that “we are proud to have such a gifted artist and generous student as part of the York community. I applaud Amir for his artistry and his altruism.” (York University Gazette, Feb 25, 1998).
Peter Paolucci, Acting Master of Stong College, which hosted the event, stated as follows: “I think that the name of your show (‘Students Helping Other Students at York University’) was a very appropriate, and the 40% generated from the sales of your pictures was a generous donation on your part, and an excellent contribution to the worthy cause of a Stong Scholarship. In a time when so many students are complaining about the rising cost of tuition, it is refreshing to see a young man with such a positive and proactive vision... Complaining is easy; doing is hard, and you have achieved much by these efforts. Your event was also a stellar accomplishment because of the fabulous turnout; it was extremely well attended by students and dignitaries alike ... It was an honour for Stong College to be associated with you.”
... the 40% generated from the sales of your pictures was a generous donation on your part, and an excellent contribution to the worthy cause of a Stong Scholarship.
Dr. Seth Feldman, Dean of the Faculty of Fine Arts at York University, commented that “this is one of the most successful student exhibitions I have attended, and I have been Dean for six years now” (Exodus, June 1998).
[Amir] is helping to define the soul of the new city through culture
Case Ootes, Deputy Mayor of Toronto, commented as follows: “Your donation of proceeds from the sale of your artworks to an annual student scholarship fund at York University is an admirable deed, and one that should be applauded by all those who benefit from your generosity.” (Exodus, June 1998) Mr. Ootes went on to say, Amir "is helping to define the soul of the new city through culture … obviously from what I’ve seen, he’s got a promising future” (York University’s Excalibur, March 4, 1998).