ESA Business Student named top 20 finalist in Ontario Business Competition

ESA Business Student – and Music major – Eric Sheppard will be competing for $3000 in start-up money at the Young Entrepreneurs Make Your Pitch Competition, being held at the Toronto Convention Centre May 8th to 10th.

Portfolio Day 2016

PD7 will be held on Friday October 28 2016 – the earliest it has ever been.

PD7 will involve the largest number of participating students ever. At this point we have 94 students registered and this number will grow. This is up from 71 in 2015 and 55 in 2014. There will be more art work than ever before – something in the order of 3200 pieces. And, hopefully, we will have more representatives and more participating schools than ever before. In order to ensure we have enough representatives arrive to visit all our students – nearly double in the past two years and involving students from all six majors – I will begin soliciting commitments from schools earlier than ever before.

This will be epic.

In order to pay for this increasing large/increasingly very expensive event we will soon launch our crowd funding campaign. We are hoping to raise $20 000 to cover the costs associated with this industry leading and possibly largest on planet best in world event that has, once again in 2015/2016, led to more scholarships than ever before in esava history. Stay tuned for our fundraising launch and please help.

Thank you!

Matthew Varey
Insta: esa_visual_art

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Adam Gowan in Scholastic!

Huge Congratulations to Adam Gowan – he is being featured in the Scholastic Art and Writing Newsletter for winning a writing portfolio gold medal!

Kahlo, Picasso, LeWitt and Cares

Huge Congratulations to everyone showing at the Albright Knox Gallery – it was an amazing opening experience for all involved.

Celeste has made it to the big leagues in this newspaper article from The Buffalo News !!!

Visual Art mini-update

In the next couple of weeks we are looking forward to openings at the Albright Knox Gallery in Buffalo New York, at Saatchi Gallery in London UK as the Saatchi Gallery/ Deutsche Bank Art Prize for Schools 2016 exhibition has reopened on the 2nd floor across 2 rooms alongside a new exhibition called JOURNEYS: Saatchi Gallery/ Deutsche Bank Art prize for Schools 2009-15 which celebrates previously shortlisted students, at the Gladstone Hotel and at a new gallery space in the east end tomorrow night with Flora Aldridge, in New York City with Teen Art Salon and at the New York launch of the new Noisy Kids Zine and in New York with the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards in galleries at both Pratt and Parsons, at XSpace in Toronto, at Artscape Youngspace for TDSB Creates and our 2016 Contact Photography Exhibition and for a small group show, and at Clint Roenisch Gallery for our next Magenta Foundation Flash Forward Incubator show, here at esa for some grade 12 shows and the big grade 9 show and the end of the year show which takes place Thursday May 26th and is our only fundraiser of the year so please come and buy things!

Thanks every one!

NEWWAVE: ESA’s All NEW Official Fashion Show

The official fashion show “NEWWAVE” is set to launch April 21, 2016.  NEWWAVE will be featuring a collection of student fashion designs and photography.

The fashion experience will include:

1.)  A Runway Show featuring original student made designs

2.)  A Mix & Mingle featuring fashion photography and film with music provided by Neo-J

Our mission is to create an innovative and impactful experience showcasing ESA’s design and art talent presented through fashion. Our vision is to maintain a platform for future students interested in fashion to have an outlet to showcase their work.

We hope to see you there!

  • Date: April 21, 2016
    Time: 4pm and 7pm
  • Location: Mini Theatre & Room 100
  • Tickets: At the door for $2

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Visual Art Update April 5 2016

We are having a whirlwind couple of weeks at esava.

Last Thursday esava grad Adrian Cohen-Gallant opened his MFA exhibition at Birch Contemporary which continues until April 9.

Spencer Julien and Maggie Keogh had an opening Friday at Artscape Youngspace in Look UP.

esa grad Michele Ayoub opened her first Toronto solo exhibition since returning from Japan at Little Sister Gallery.

esava grad Laura Hudspith opened her latest solo exhibition at Project Gallery.

Next week we have fourteen students exhibiting work in Buffalo at the Albright-Knox from April 15 to May 15, with an opening Thursday, April 14, 2016, 5–8 pm. We will also have three students exhibit work at the Buffalo Center for Arts and Technology from Friday, April 22, through Friday, May 13, 2016, with an opening on Thursday, April 21, 2016, 5–6:30 pm.

Also next week, Celeste Cares has an opening at the Galdstone Hotel in Urban Wild from 7-10pm.

Spencer Julien, Sydney Ackerman, Annabel Berthoff and Rachel Burns are each participating in TDSB Dare to Create which shows April 21.

Flora Aldridge follows up her very successful first solo show with Project Gallery, which wrapped up just a couple of weeks ago, with participating in ‘Coming to Life’, April 15 – May 15, 2016, Reception: Friday April 15th 6-10pm at 296 King St East, Toronto.

Calla McInnes and Celeste Cares are included in an exhibition in New York which opens April 16 (info to come) to launch a new Zine which will also include the work of Igrid Repic and Grier Drummond.

Agnes Wong, who graduated last year and is now at the Design Academy Eindhoven, had a photographic work in the SNAP Auction last week.

Agnes also has the enormous honor to be featured within the pages and on the cover of the Hart House Review’s 25th Anniversary Issue which launches April 15 at 8pm.

We look forward to seeing esava grad Cal Shaub open his next solo show at Black Cat on April 27th.

esava grad Carly Shiff opens her first New York exhibition Matriculate on April 29 at Immersive Gallery.

Our annual Contact Photography Festival exhibition of Grade 12 Photographs opens May 5th at Artscape Youngspace.

Two of our grade 10’s – Olivia Kerr and Jaime Pattison – have been accepted to participate in Waterloo Unlimited this May.

Grier Drummond has her first solo exhibition opening Thursday May 26 at Hashtag Gallery, following our End Of Year Sale and Exhibition.

Our SALE runs Thursday May 26th from 3.30 to 8pm. 1500 art works on the walls – all are welcome! Please help us raise funds to maintain and grow our amazing program!!

There are two summer camps being offered this year:

Many more exhibitions to come!

ESA at the Albright Knox

We are honored to have a work of Celeste Cares featured on the Albright Knox website:

Upcoming Exhibitions Page

Our upcoming Exhibition Page

Hope everyone can make the openings!

Art Talk 5 & 2 Exhibitions!

A reminder that all are welcome to Art Talk 5 Friday evening at 7pm @OCADU 100 McCaul Street main floor – and to our two openings tonight for Flora Aldridge and Xander Maclaren at Project Gallery Studios!

Art Talk 5 invite click here

Flora and Xander invites click here


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ESA students exhibiting at the Albright Knox Gallery in Buffalo NY!

Congrats to our 15 artists exhibiting in the Albright Knox 2016 Future Curators Exhibition opening April 14 and 21!

Participants are: Kailey Moulson, Max Perone, Sam Holzberg, Adam Gowan, Annabel Berthoff, Liana Turone, Ben Alexander, Josie Marshall, Rachel Burns, Ella Hough, Jessye Coleman-Shapiro, Celeste Cares, Esther Park, Hayley Greenough, Kathryn Murray, and Lee Bertram-French


Max Perone in the news!

Max Perone in the news!

Good luck tonight Max & family!

click here to read the article

and click here to see the TDSB coverage


BIG WEEK for Visual Art!

BIG WEEK for Visual Art!

ESA Visual Art has FOUR exhibitions opening on two CONTINENTS and will finish the week with our fifth edition of the very popular ART TALK series!

Everyone is invited to our openings at the Project Gallery Studio Space for both Flora Aldridge and Xander Maclaren on Thursday March 3 – invitations are attached.

You are also invited to join Max Perone and his family at the opening of the 2016 Saatchi Gallery/ Deutsche Bank Art Prize for Schools which opens at Saatchi Gallery in London, UK this Wednesday March 2 at 7pm!

Also on Wednesday back here at home we will have eight works in a group show hosted by Arts Etobicoke at Artscape Youngplace – 180 Shaw Street, 2nd Floor from 6:00pm-8:00pm.

I hope all of you will join us for Art Talk once again hosted by the very generous OCADU. Plan to be in the auditorium on the main floor at 100 McCaul Street by 7pm to ensure getting a seat as we usually hit capacity on the room. We have about 16 students in grades 10-12 who will talk about what they are interested in and what they are making. Should be an amazing evening!
Click Here for Invite

Thank you all for your continued support. We are having perhaps our most successful year for scholarships and exhibitions – and next year looks another block buster! We still have at least three US shows to announce for this year, and at least one more very significant international award on its way!

If you are in grades 6-8 and are thinking of applying to esava – I hope you can come to Art Talk 5 and bring your family!

Matthew Varey


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