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:

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 –, 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.

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

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.

Invitation to Until Now

You are invited to Rachel Burns’ exhibition Until Now, which opens this Saturday at General Hardware Contemporary – 1520 Queen Street West, Toronto.
This is the first time one of our students has opened a solo exhibition at a leading commercial gallery.

Rachel Burns
Until Now
April 21 – May 12, 2018
Opening: Saturday April 21st, 2 – 5 pm
Scotiabank Contact Photography Festival Featured Exhibtiion

General Hardware Contemporary is pleased to present emerging artist Rachel Burns’ first solo exhibition. Until Now is a featured exhibition in the Scotiabank Contact Photography Festival. Join us at the opening this Saturday. All are welcome.

In Until Now, Rachel Burns questions her history, her family’s history, and the concept of time itself. Through this exhibition, she reduces a short fragment of the universe to constituent parts. Burns explores the pain of impermanence with the understanding that change creates the opportunity to accept the past, and to see the overwhelming beauty in the things that do not last.

Her contemplative process involves selecting family photographs and videos as source material. Through digitally documenting and then reconstructing her archived history, the original experience is rediscovered in a new reality.
In Burns’ video work, she layers images so that they appear as softly abstract compositions, initially revealing and illuminating until accumulation renders all invisible. In some works, the process of re-documenting photographs informs graphite drawings that Burns erases once complete. She preserves the eraser rubbings as objects, often photographing them or presenting them as fragments in jars.

Burns’ multimedia work is often informed by her photographic images, and extends to painting, sculpture, drawing, and video art. Recent group exhibitions include: Art Prize at Saatchi Gallery (UK), Flash Forward Incubator exhibition at Gardiner Museum (Toronto), Viewpoint at Albright-Knox Art Gallery (Buffalo, NY) and Ingrown at Artspace (Peterborough). Burns’ work has been published in The Trinity Review (University of Toronto) and the Flash Forward Incubator catalogue (Magenta Foundation). She has been awarded for her writing, poetry and digital art from Scholastic Arts and Writing Awards (New York).

Hours: Wednesday – Saturday 12 – 6 pm
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PD9 Meeting + AT9

We will hold a Portfolio Day 9 meeting next Wednesday April 4 at 7pm in the library.

We will discuss preparation for Portfolio Day and outline process for portfolios, applications to post-secondary institutions, and scholarships. Some of this year’s grade 12 students will be on hand to share their spreadsheets and valuable information on their engagement with universities around the world. This year’s grade 12’s have shattered every record previously established.

Everyone is welcome to attend. We are asking all PD9 participants and their families to be there, and warmly invite all grade 10 and grade 9 Contemporary Art students and families, as well as those who may be part of PD10 and PD11.

All Contemporary Art students and their families are asked to attend Art Talk 9 on Friday April 6 at 7pm on the main floor of OCADU. The grade 12’s speaking that night will provide insight into process and approaches to having a successful Portfolio Day and experience at ESA. For everyone working on building an understanding of themselves and their work, listening to these incredible community members will provide significant insight and motivation.

Governor General’s Award

Many congratulations to grade 12 Contemporary Art student Spencer Julien on being awarded the Governor General’s Sovereign Medal for Volunteers.

This is a significant honor in anyone’s lifetime. To have received this award, and the Canada 150 Award, in the same year as Spencer has done, is absolutely remarkable. Congratulations Spencer. So very well deserved.

Scholastic Art and Writing National Award Winners

Congratulations to all of our Scholastic National Medalists! A Gold Medal is classified as being awarded to the Most Outstanding Works in the World. More than 346000 entries were submitted this year, and the following ESA students found success at the highest level:

Noah Gehman – Gold Medal (Photography)
Jaime Pattison – Gold Medal (Photography)
Noah Janosch Brown – Gold Medal (Mixed Media)
Noah Janosch Brown – Gold Medal (Ceramics & Glass)
Grace Qian – Gold Medal (Painting)
Grace Qian – Silver Medal (Painting)
Max Shoham – Gold Medal (Film & Animation)
Isabella Vella – Gold Medal (Painting), Best-in-Grade Award
Claire Wiseman – Silver Medal (Photography)
Tessa Hill – Silver Medal (Film & Animation)
Macy Kerrigan – Silver Medal (Photography)
Jessica McDonald – Silver Medal (Photography)
Kailey Moulson – Silver Medal (Sculpture)
Annabel Berthoff – Silver Medal (Fashion)

Extra congratulations to Noah G, Noah B, Jaime, Grace, Max, and Isabella who will show at Parsons the New School’s Sheila Johnson Gallery in NYC as part of the Gold Medal Exhibition in May/June.

Painting Old Honey by grade 11 student Isabella Vella which won the Best In Grade Award for all Grade 11 art submissions in the world this year

Info on the National Awards Click Here

Three Openings This Week

You are invited to three openings this week in Toronto. We would really like to see you all out for all of our upcoming events!

Wednesday February 28 7-9pm Our Grade 11 Exhibition Turning Point opens at Neilson Park Creative Centre. 90 grade 11 art and photography students exhibiting in this wonderful show of new work as warm up to Portfolio Day 9. Please join us to celebrate this remarkable achievement. Show runs until March 18. 56 Neilson Drive

Wednesday February 28 6-8pm Eight Art students are exhibiting in the Arts Etobicoke Exhibition Edge: Youth Art Show at Artscape Youngspace. Show runs until March 6

Thursday March 1 7-9pm Grade 10 Art student Ella Webber’s first solo exhibition Serena takes place at Les Enfants Terribles at 130 Foxley Place. Show runs until March 14.

Other Upcoming ESACA Exhibtions:

March 3 Four Art students are exhibiting in Tag Yourself at One Brooklyn Bridge Gallery at 360 Furman St Brooklyn, NY

March 15 Noah Brown opens his first solo exhibition Intergenerational Trauma at Project Gallery Studios 7-9pm

March 22 Ariana Pickard’s first solo exhibition Collaboration of One at Les Enfants Terribles 7-9pm

March 23 Art Talk 8 takes place at OCADU – hear 15 Art and Film students speak beautifully about their work. 7-9pm.

March 24 Graduate Michelle Nyugen’s first solo exhibition Anatomical Venus with her Toronto dealer Bau-Xi Gallery 2-4pm

April 6 Art Talk 9 at OCADU 7-9pm

April 12 ESA Fashion Show – two performances at 4pm + 7pm at ESA

April 12 Nearly twenty Art and Photography students will be exhibiting in the Albright Knox Gallery’s Future Curators Exhibition in Buffalo, NY 6-9pm

April 21 Stay tuned for a very exciting announcement about an historic exhibition that opens on this day from 2-4pm in Toronto

May 3 Dismantle – our annual Contact Photography Festival exhibition of grade 12 work opens at Artscape Youngspace 7-9pm

May 10 Spencer Julien’s first Solo Exhibition Refraction opens at Les Enfants Terribles 7-9pm in conjunction with the Contact Photography Festival

May 24 Our annual End of Year Sale and Exhibition runs from 3.30 to 9pm at ESA

May 31 Erica Bruno opens her first solo exhibition Saudade at Les Enfants Terribles 7-9pm

June 14 Giselle Valencia opens her first solo exhibition Rebirth & Regression at Les Enfants Terribles 7-9pm

July 5 Isabella Vella opens her first solo exhibition at Les Enfatns Terribles 7-9pm