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

Until Now Featured on Akimbo TV

Rachel Burns’ exhibition Until Now is featured in the most recent installment of Akimbo TV’s “Views” hosted by Toronto Art Critic Terence Dick.

To watch the episode click here

We will be selling work by Rachel Burns next Thursday May 24 from 4-9pm at our annual end of year sale.

Praise for Until Now

Congratulations to Rachel Burns for being listed in NEOMEMOIRE Magazine as one of the four shows to see in Contact 2018 – click here to read the wonderful review of Until Now.

Rachel will be at General Hardware Saturday May 19 from 12-2 for the last day of her extended exhibition.

Rachel’s work will be on view and on sale at our End of Year Sale and Exhibition Thursday May 24 4-9pm. We will be selling Rachel’s photographic work, and drawings from two series. We hope to see you all next Thursday evening!

More Portfolio Day Press

It has been a remarkable run of attention with our Globe and Mail Article – click here to read – and our initial CTV Interview – click here to watch,

This weekend we had two more pieces of television coverage:

Global TV Segment click here

CTV’s Second Segment click here to watch

Congratulations to Rachel Burns and the grade 12’s for your remarkable achievements this year! We will celebrate by having an exhibition together at Project Gallery at the end of May – stay tuned for details

One of the Top 100 Photographers

Congratulations to ESA Photography grad Selina Disera for being named one of the Top 100 Photographers under 34 years old in the World. The award comes from the Magenta Foundation’s Flash Forward Competition. This is a remarkable achievement and will hopefully lead to further success and a rich career.

Scholarship Updates in the Media

We have been honored to receive a fair bit of coverage for the success of our grade 12 students this year.

Rachel Burns was written about in the Globe and Mail – click here to read the article – and has been interviewed on CTV News – click here to watch the segment – and today was featured by Yahoo – click here to watch the video

Thank you to everyone involved!

Rachel will be at her exhibition at General Hardware Contemporary today until 2pm

Globe and Mail

Thank you very much to Caroline Alphonso for this recognition in the Globe and Mail

Rachel Burns’ Until Now in Canadian Art Magazine

We had a lovely surprise today when Canada’s leading Art magazine listed Rachel Burns’ exhibition Until Now as one of their Must Sees:

Canadian Art Link

This is our first ever mention in Canadian Art, and is a highly sought after listing across the entire country given the depth of the readership. Selections are based on the artistic merit of current exhibitions and are an indication of an exhibition’s success.

For the full invitation to Until Now click here

Until Now opens Saturday from 2 to 5 pm at General hardware Contemporary – 1520 Queen Street West – all are invited to attend.