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2018-2019 Cohort

Patrick Allaby

Photo of Patrick AllabyPatrick Allaby was born in Fredericton, New Brunswick. In 2015, he received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Mount Allison University (Sackville, New Brunswick). Following graduation, he worked at the Owens Art Gallery, where he curated The Sensual World, an exhibition looking at the relationship between contemporary comic artists and the art world. He has also been involved with Sappyfest, organizing the Sappy Zine and Craft fair since 2014 and co-editing the Sappy Post (2016 and 2017).

In his studio practice, Patrick makes drawings, books, prints, and comics.  He also does performances that combine spoken word and projection. He is a founding member of the collective, The Society of Anonymous Drawers, and in 2016, he received an ArtsNB creation grant for the graphic novel Martin Peters.  

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Zahra Baseri

Photo of Zahra BaseriZahra Baseri was born and brought up in Iran. Her educational background includes a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering (completed in Iran), and a Bachelor of Fine Arts Honours Studio from the University of Manitoba. She works with a variety of media including painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, and graphic design. She has exhibited in Winnipeg with the Manitoba Visual Arts Network and at the Edge Gallery, Montreal with Art Mur’s Fresh Paint / New Construction, and in Toronto with BMO 1st Art! at the Justina M. Barnicke Gallery. She was also Manitoba’s provincial winner for BMO 1st Art! (2016).

Baseri describes her artistic practice as both multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary. Her subject matter is positioned from a feminist perspective, engaging with religious, cultural, and sociopolitical issues.  

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Brubey (Wanzhi) Hu 

Brubey (Wanzhi) Hu Brubey (Wanzhi) Hu is a fine artist and graphic designer. She received her BFA degree from the Maryland Institute College of Art with a major in General Fine Arts and concentrations in Graphic Design and Book Arts. Hu works mostly with painting, and has interests in Architecture, Dualism, and color theory. Through subtractive simplification, her work transcends flat images or physical objects to document introspective moments. In addition to the paintings themselves, she has collected tapes and contact sheets that she uses to mask out the area for paint. Originally born in Xiamen China, Hu moved to Vancouver Canada in 2011 for high school and then to the United States for her undergrad. Her work has been exhibited in Baltimore MD, Miami FL, and Cleveland OH. In 2018, she participated in BAiR Emerging Visual and Digital Arts Residency at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity. 

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Tyler Matheson

Tyler MathesonTyler Matheson (born: Sault Ste Marie, Canada) completed his BFA at York University in 2018. Recent exhibitions include Fresh Paint and New Construction at Art Mûr in Montréal and the Ontario Society of Artists Annual Juried Exhibition at John B. Aird Gallery in Toronto. During his undergraduate degree, he received academic acknowledgement with numerous visual art awards including a nomination for BMO’s 1st Art! 2018 competition. Matheson now lives and studies in Waterloo, Ontario as an MFA candidate at the University of Waterloo. Matheson’s studio practice investigates personal history concerning experiences of gender and sexuality. Currently, his work takes physical forms in painting, installation and alternative techniques in photography.

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Paula McLean

Paula McLeanPaula McLean recently completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts at Concordia University. Working with painting and drawing, her studio practice focuses on fictitious, architectural spaces which serve as vessels for the projection of human emotions—nostalgia, longing, and solitude. Elements of trompe l'oeil also occur within her paintings as pictures within pictures, thus, multiplying and deepening the planes of reality that exist in each piece. She has exhibited her work in spaces such as Skol (Centre des arts actuels), the Belgo Building in Montreal, Propeller Gallery in Toronto, and several other galleries in Southwestern Ontario.

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Kayla Polan

Kayla PolanKayla Polan is a multidisciplinary artist from Calgary, AB working across traditional and new media. She received her BFA, major in Drawing & Painting, from the Ontario College of Art & Design University. Her practice melds feminism and popular culture to investigate contemporary ideas about consumer culture, sexuality, domesticity, and queer identity through the use of painting, sculpture, printmaking, video and performance. She has exhibited in spaces such as Critical Distance Center for Curators, YYZ Artist’s Outlet, and Bunker2 Contemporary Art Container. Kayla has also participated in residencies at the OTIS College of Art & Design in Los Angeles, California, The Feminist Art Conference in Toronto, and Struts and Faucet New Media Centre in New Brunswick.

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Lauren Prousky

Photo of Lauren ProuskyLauren Prousky is a multidisciplinary artist and writer from Toronto with a BFA in studio art and English literature from Concordia University. Her current work explores humorous subtleties in intimate moments, with a focus on how playfulness can be combined with more serious themes to create spaces that hang between that binary. Lauren’s work often emphasizes characters and textual elements, lending a narrative aspect to her visual practice. She has exhibited in spaces around Toronto and Montreal such as Art Mur, Propeller Gallery, Galerie Carte Blanche and Unlovable Gallery. Lauren has also participated in residencies at the Caetani Cultural Centre in British Columbia and the Fish Factory Creative Centre in eastern Iceland.

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Jordyn Stewart

Jordyn StewartJordyn Stewart is from a small town in the Niagara Region. Working predominately in video and performance, her current work merges the performing body, absurdity, femininity, and regional landscapes. Stewart creates site-sensitive works, intersecting landscape interventions and playful narratives.  She received her BA, Specialist in Art and Art History at the University of Toronto, joint program with Sheridan College. She has exhibited in such galleries and events as Trinity Square Video and Hamilton Artists Inc., and Hamilton’s Supercrawl. In 2016, she was an artist-in-residence at the University of Windsor’s Emerging Artist Research Residency, as well as with Hamilton Artists’ Inc.’s Cotton Factory Residency Program. Jordyn has held intern positions at Gallery 44, Art Spin Toronto, and Zalucky Contemporary. She is also the co-curator of Art Spin Hamilton, and works at Oakville Galleries as a freelance graphic designer.

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Becca Wijshijer

Becca WijshijerBecca Wijshijer is a research based multidisciplinary artist from Toronto with a BFA in Printmaking from OCAD University. Through a diversity of media including printmaking, photography, installation and video, they explore mediated intimacies and personas on digital platforms.  Their work focuses on interconnection as well as individual and collective practices of self-care to bring forth ideas around intersectional resistance and resilience. Wijshijer has exhibited in spaces and events throughout Ontario, including the Gladstone Hotel, Art Toronto, and with Toronto’s Feminist Art Conference.  They were an artist in residence at OCADU X RYERSON Art Camp 2017, and Roundtable Residency, Summer 2018. 

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