Portfolio Day Meeting This Week

A reminder to all involved in PD9 – parents and participants – of our meeting this Wednesday October 10 at 7pm in the library. All ESACA Film and other students of any grade and their families are welcome to attend to gain insight into this process.

We will go over the specifics of the next four weeks so that everyone understands the expectations, and there will be opportunities to sign up for jobs etc

To donate to PD9 through SESAT please click here – thank you!

Matthew Varey

To read the Canadian Art Magazine article about us click here.

Shellicka Anglin CBC Interview

I am super excited to share with you a fantastic CBC interview with recent graduate Shellicka Anglin.

Click here to read the interview

PD9 Meeting

I would like to invite all 220ish parents and 85 participants of PD9 to the ESA library next Wednesday October 10th at 7pm to go over logistics, expectations, and jobs for our upcoming incrediblefest on November 2nd (and clean up on November 3rd).

Can’t wait to see you all!

Matthew Varey

To donate to PD9 click here

Portfolio Day 9

We are closing in on what will be the largest Portfolio Day event ever!

On November 2nd we will welcome 100+ representatives from more than 70 schools from 6 countries to Etobicoke School of the Arts to spend the day speaking with 81 of our amazing grade 12 students from 5 ESA majors.

Relationships with representatives are a key factor in our securing remarkable scholarship opportunities, and Portfolio Day is when those relationships are formed. It is a magnificent event that we have been working towards for years, and we rely heavily on donations to pay for the many aspects of hosting more than 2000 people.

If you are willing to assist in our efforts in creating post-secondary and professional opportunities for our grade 12’s, we would be thrilled to accept your support. If you have donated already – we thank you from the bottom of our hearts!

Please Click Here to Donate to Portfolio Day 9

Everyone is welcome to join us on Friday November 2nd from 7 to 10 pm to experience first hand what our remarkable community is capable of. Follow Portfolio Day 9 on Instagram at @portfolioday9

Huge thank you to Emily Guitar for making our new video! Click here to watch

Article about us in Canadian Art Magazine

I am excited to share the news that ESACA has been written about in our national art magazine, Canadian Art.

To read this insightful account by Chris Hampton, click here

We hope that everyone will join us to view Portfolio Day 9 at ESA on Friday November 2 from 7 to 10pm.

Portfolio Day 9

We are so excited!

Portfolio Day 9 at ESA takes place on Friday November 2nd 2018.

More than 60 schools from 6 countries are sending staff to speak with 90 of our grade 12 students.

There will be many volunteer opportunities, and we are fundraising to pay for this amazing, global event, that helped us secure close to $20 million dollars in scholarship offers last year.

To donate CLICK HERE

To donate and receive a tax receipt CLICK HERE

The public, friends and family are invited to join us from 7-10pm.

Wonderful News

What an exciting week!

Contemporary Art Graduate Keiran Brennan Hinton has been short listed for the RBC Canadian Painting Competition – please click here to read about this enormous honor! And click here to see more of Keiran’s work. Keiran will be exhibiting with the other 12 finalists at the Power Plant Contemporary Art Center this fall. The winner, to be announced on September 18, will receive $25,000 and a residency at Banff Centre for the Arts. Two honourable mentions will each receive $15,000, and the remaining 12 finalists will receive $2,500 each.

As well, graduating student Rachel Burns has been featured in a CBC mini-documentary – click here to watch the documentary.

Huge congratulations to Rachel and Keiran! What a remarkable finish to a hugely successful year. Thank you to everyone who supports us.

Wonderful Interview with Rachel Burns

The Magenta Foundation recently interviewed graduating Contemporary Art student Rachel Burns. Rachel will also be featured in a soon to be released mini-documentary by the CBC.

Click here to read the interview…

As well, at Project Gallery, graduating student Amanda Blake is exhibiting with graduate Kendra Yee – it is a beautiful exhibition and highly recommended.

More exciting ESACA news on its way!

Still at it

This time of year has traditionally been associated with slowing down, cleaning up, and putting things away. We have the art camp in the second week of July, but other than that, it usually goes pretty quiet.

Our new normal is not as pastoral. On Saturday we closed a very successful exhibition, “Only Some of Us Want to be Artists” at Project Gallery with thirty three of our grade 12’s. The exhibition was met with hugely positive reactions, including a wonderful review – click here to read the piece.

Rachel Burns continues to find success and sales of her work continue. Rachel has made sales since the end of her solo exhibition at General Hardware Contemporary last month to significant collections, private and corporate, and the level of interest in her new series has several unfinished works already on hold. Rachel recently spent three days filming a mini-documentary with the CBC to be aired later this month. As well, look for a lengthy interview with Rachel and Magenta Magazine to be published soon here: http://www.magentafoundation.org/magazine/

Noah Brown continues his successful run in the art world here in Toronto before his departure to the Cooper Union in New York, with a recent exhibition in Guelph care of curator Andrew Hunter. Noah will be featured in Dave Bidini’s West End Phoenix Newspaper – https://www.westendphoenix.com/, and joins Shellicka Anglin and others in an exhibition at the Art Gallery of Guelph this fall.

Amanda Blake heads off to school in San Francisco soon but before she does she will participate in the summer group exhibition at Project Gallery with Contemporary Art grad Kendra Yee – opening is Thursday June 14 6-8pm. Kendra also just exhibited in References at Neighbour Gallery. Amanda and I are installing one of her stunning resin pylons at the QueenSpecific Gallery this Friday – so stop by any time after that over the next few weeks to see it and join us for the opening next Thursday evening for cake. QueenSpecific is next to Dufflet Pastries at 787 Queen St West.

Les Enfants Terribles sees the opening of Giselle Valencia’s first solo exhibition Rebirth & Regression Thursday June 14 7-9 pm

Next Thursday June 22 the exhibition BONOFIDE opens, featuring young multi-cultural artists from across Toronto. Curated by Spencer Julien and Temple Marucci-Campbell, it features work by Shellicka Anglin, Noah Brown, Isabella Ferrer Fernandez, Hailey Hanson, Luca Soldovieri, Teodore von Baeyer, and Alexis Vo, and is presented with support by the Department of Canadian Heritage, Government of Canada. UNITED CONTEMPORARY 1444 Dupont Street, Unit 22, Toronto, 7pm – 9pm.

Canadian Art Magazine has spent time with us over the past few weeks, and we look forward to being written about in an article in an upcoming issue – more info to come.

Thank you to everyone who helped to make our 2018 End of Year Sale our best ever, and the 2017 2018 academic year our most successful to date. A huge thank you to SESAT for helping with sales on May 24th.

For those interested in statistics, PD8 recipients received something in the order of $17 000 000 in scholarship offers. Our top four recipients alone received over $8 000 000 combined, which exceeds our previous record total for any entire grade. Invitations to PD9 were sent out around the world on Wednesday evening, and we already have 40 schools confirmed for November 2nd, 2018. We warmly invite you to tour the work of next year’s grade 12’s on November 2nd from 7pm – 10pm.

More info on its way as the ESA Contemporary Art community adds to the more than thirty exhibitions we have participated in since the start of 2018.

Matthew Varey

Review of Only Some of Us Want to be Artists

Please read this excellent review of the grade 12 Contemporary Art Graduating Exhibition in NEOMEMOIRE Magazine – click here to read

The exhibition runs until this Saturday. Gallery open Friday and Saturday 11-6

Students will be present this Saturday – please come and say hello!

Click Here for Info on the Gallery

Only Some of Us Want to Be Artists

You are invited to the grade 12 Contemporary Art Exhibition “Only Some of Us Want to Be Artists” at Project Gallery this Thursday May 31 from 6-8pm.

33 of our graduating students are participating in our final exhibition together. All are invited to attend the opening. Exhibition runs to June 2nd.

Many thanks to Ana Moseres for organizing this for us!

For Exhibition Location Click Here

End of Year Art Sale

You are invited to our annual End of Year Exhibition and Sale of Art Work by grades 9 to 12 of the Contemporary Art and Photography Programs, Thursday May 24 between 3.30pm and 9pm.

Free admission and all are welcome.

This is our primary fundraiser of the year. Sales split 50/50 between department and artist. Tax receipts for 50% of sales over $50.