Current student profiles

2019-2020 Cohort

Jordan Blackburn

Jordan BlackburnJordan Blackburn is an Alberta born, French Canadian Artist who completed NSCAD University’s Bachelor of Fine Arts program in 2015. His multidisciplinary art practice uses visual storytelling to navigate the cultural aspects of a worsening ecological crises, while fostering an appreciation for Nature and the complexity of our collective relationship with it. He has received the Rowland Marshal award for printmaking, was selected as a 2016 regional winner of the BMO 1st Art! Competition, has shown work in numerous solo and group exhibitions across Canada, and has attended residencies at print studios like the Society of Northern Alberta Printmakers, Sparkbox, and St. Michael’s Printshop. And finally, Jordan is a co-founder of Lore Artist Residency in Rockwood, ON, which over two years has hosted storytelling evenings, musical performances, and a series of unique events and workshops led by local and visiting artists.

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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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Karice Mitchell

Karice MitchellKarice Mitchell (b. 1996, Toronto, Canada) is a photo-based installation artist and she received her BFA at York University in 2019. Her practice implements found imagery and digital manipulation to engage with questions and issues of representations of black female sexuality in popular culture. Throughout her undergrad she received numerous awards for academic and artistic achievement and recently she was chosen to participate in a summer internship through Young Canada Works at Toronto's Gallery 44 Centre for Contemporary Photography. She’s exhibited two solo shows at York University and has participated in a number of group exhibitions in Toronto.

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Sara Pearson

Sara PearsonOriginally from a small island on the west coast of Canada, Sara Pearson is a multidisciplinary artist based in Toronto. She received a BFA, major in drawing and painting, from the Ontario College of Art and Design University in 2015. Her work has centered on the merging of science and a self-reflexive fine arts practice. Through abstracted paintings of gemstone refraction and land formation, and sculptural methods of bronze casting, ceramics and assemblage, she has explored the relationship between materials and the natural world through concepts such as human value systems, the sublime quality of nature and the journey of transformation. Her current research focuses on the connection between the aesthetics of nature and visual art, and their affects on the human psyche and physical body. Sara is a member of the arts organization, Akin Collective. She has shown with Patel Gallery in Toronto, and has participated in numerous group exhibitions in the region.

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Carrie Perreault

Carrie PerreaultWorking primarily in sculpture and performance, Carrie Perreault balances resistance and restraint in onerous actions that recount long-term precarity. In making her work, she expends great effort to achieve minimal results. This isn't about labour; she prioritizes process to reflect on systems of abuse and their connection to emotional and psychological experiences. Through gestural, often repetitive acts and narratives that resist closure, she alludes to complex trauma and its residual effects. By exploring, in a visceral way, failures, vulnerabilities, and the limits of her body, Perreault makes viewers keenly aware of their own.

Recent exhibitions and projects include period of adjustment, Niagara Artists Centre, St. Catharines (2019); SHOW.19, Cambridge Art Galleries, Idea Exchange, curated by Iga Janik (2019); Deathnastics, as part of Gymsick, curated by Hazel Meyer and Lucy Pawlak, Toronto (2018); Perreault has participated in residencies at Open Studio, Toronto; The Banff Centre; and Taipei Artist Village. She recently published ‘period of adjustment’ (2019), a poster/ pamphlet with essays by Sky Goodden and Lucy R. Lippard, and has a forthcoming publication ‘The Artist Cookbook Vol. 1’.

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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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Racquel Rowe 

Racquel RroweRacquel Rowe is an interdisciplinary artist from the island of Barbados. She completed her Bachelor of Arts at the University of Guelph in 2019 with a double major in Studio Art and History. Her work confronts the fetishization in society of the black female body by both playing into and against hypersexuality. As a black female she uses her body to challenge preconceived learned notions surrounding black women's bodies being for public consumption and use. the work takes the form of video, performance, painting and public intervention. Colour is an important formal aspect of the work as well, bringing the artist closer to the warmth of the Caribbean. Rowe has exhibited in group shows in Montreal, Toronto, Waterloo and Guelph. As well as having a solo show at the Boarding House Gallery, Guelph, Ontario. Rowe was nominated for BMO 1st Art 2019 and has received academic acknowledgement and honours for her work in her undergraduate degree. Upon starting her MFA at Waterloo she also received the International Master's Award of Excellence.

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Maria Simmons

Maria SimmonsMaria Simmons is a textile and installation artist based out of Hamilton and Waterloo, ON. She completed her BFA at McMaster University in 2017. She is currently an MFA candidate at the University of Waterloo. She takes inspiration from myth, superstition, and the body, aiming to evoke simultaneous feelings of wonder and perturbation. She has received grants from the Ontario Arts Council and shown in galleries across the GTA.

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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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