2016 Art and Art History Grad Exhibitions | FAQ
Congratulations to the 2016 Art & Art History Graduates who unveiled their thesis projects at the Blackwood Gallery of UTM. Contrary to what the title of the exhibition may suggest, the artists of FAQ explored the position of art not solely as an exchange of question and answer, but as an opportunity for hypothesizing. Many of these artists investigate ideas of the cyclical and the entangled, emphasizing the futility of linear questioning. Throughout the breadth of their academic careers, these artists have continually revisited and re-examined a multitude of questions: questions of place, questions of material, and questions of self. What are constructions of personal identity? How are attachments formed to place? How are we affected by art? And of utmost importance, what art do we choose to make? Using acquired skills of visual construction and media creation, the featured artists bring dialogues of probing, process, and proposition into existence.
“Our 2016 graduating class two-part exhibition at the Blackwood Gallery at the University of Toronto Mississauga includes work from the program’s studio disciplines including painting, drawing, design, print media, photography, sculpture and installation, performance, sound and video. The themes chosen by the graduating students reflect a range of personal, social, cultural, political and environmental interests, among much else. For example, Jordan Clawsey’s mural-scaled watercolour contains an arabesque of detailed portraits of birds whose life ended in a nighttime collision with Toronto skyscraper over the past year; Stephanie Sousa’s giant velour teddy bear lightly conceals a zipped pocket in the its back containing items collected by the artist that have an accumulated sense of memory, longing and loss; the print media works of French exchange student Horace Barbage reconfigure continents into gradated patterns that suggest both cooperation and conflict.”
John Armstrong and Jay Wilson, Professors and Coordinators of Sheridan’s Art and Art History Program
March 16 – 27, 2016
Kaylin Andersen, Julien Balbontin, Thomas Bewick, Olivia Brouwer, Rebeca D’Alessandro, Kaitlynn Errygers,
Klasha Fernandes, Natalie Lei, Janine Malaca, Stephanie Payne, Chelsea Quinton, Holly Watson, Lisa Wong, Suzanne Yeh
March 30 – April 10, 2016
The UTM and Sheridan joint Art & Art History program is the longest standing partnership of its type in Canada. It combines the study of art history at UTM with studio art courses at Sheridan Institute.Students graduating from the Art and Art History program receive both an Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto Mississauga and a Diploma in Art and Art History from Sheridan Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning. The program is designed to provide students with a strong and diverse base of knowledge that prepares them for a broad spectrum of careers within the arts community and beyond. In the studio, students are introduced to contemporary art practices through problem-based learning, which encourages a range of personal approaches and solutions to visual expression. In the upper-level studios, students go on to further expertise in two of the core-studio streams, developing a body of self-directed artwork in a class environment of discussion and exchange.
Images courtesy of John C. Armstrong and Mark Bell