Visiting Artists

The Visual Arts program brings in a diverse variety of visiting artists for campus talks and public gallery presentations that includes visual artists, filmmakers, sculptors, painters, playwrights, essayists, interactive and digital media artists.

Each artist presents a talk to students in the BFA program and the public, as well as offering critiques to students in the 4th year of the Visual Arts Program.

2020-2021 Visiting Artist Series

Our 2020 Visiting Artist Series will be delivered in an online environment. As this series is offered as part of our CCS Art Theory courses, these virtual artist talks will be live for students registered in the courses, and a recording of the talks may be available in the future.

If you are interested in attending these visiting artist talks, please contact Katherine Pickering.

Winter 2021 Visiting Artists

The Shovel is not a metaphor

Thursday, January 21 | Amy Fung, Divya Mehra, Kim Ngugen

The Shovel is not a metaphor

Asian Brain Trust was founded in 2014 by Amy Fung (Scorpio), Divya Mehra (Scorpio), and Kim Nguyen (Cancer) as an arts research collective. Together they have lectured and presented in international conferences and settings (Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Amsterdam, New York, Halifax, Vancouver, Toronto) on the topics of race, power, violence, and performance in contemporary visual arts.

Ryan Feddersen

Thursday, January 28 | Ryan Feddersen

RYAN! Elizabeth Feddersen specializes in creating interactive murals, site-specific installations, and immersive public artworks that invite audience engagement. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts at Cornish College of the Arts in 2009, then remained in Seattle, working as an artist, curator, studio assistant, and arts administrator, until recently relocating to Tacoma, Washington.

Erected, 22x15in., graphite rubbing and screenprint, 2015

Thursday, March 25 | Erika Walker

Ericka Walker’s print works and site-specific murals subvert the propagandistic function of nostalgia in contemporary culture, disputing the civilizing influence and assumed moral authority of nation building in North America. In a decaying fort and a lack of guidance, Walker turns her attention particularly to the language of public monuments from her home province of Nova Scotia. A series of embossed graphite rubbings taken directly from the over 300 plaques found at historical sites across the province, and combined with translucent screen-printed image underlays on delicate handmade papers, the series’ selective phraseology rewrites history in significantly uncertain terms. In opposition to the fixed memorials from which they are taken, defining moments of European colonial activity and Canadian sovereignty are split and rearranged like a set of magnetic refrigerator poetry, highlighting the continuity of heritage as a living, breathing responsibility to be reevaluated and tinkered with.

Fall 2020 Visiting Artists

Diane Borasto

Monday, November 2 | Diane Borasto

Diane Borsato (BFA York University, MFA Concordia University, MA Performance Studies, Tisch School of the Arts, New York University) was awarded the Victor Martyn-Lynch Staunton Award from the Canada Council for the Arts, and was twice nominated for the Sobey Art Award. She has exhibited the Art Gallery of Ontario, The Power Plant, the AGYU, the Art Museum at the University of Toronto, the Walter Philips Gallery at the Banff Centre for the Arts, the Vancouver Art Gallery, The Owens Museum, the National Art Centre, the Toronto Biennial of Art and in galleries and museums internationally. In her projects she has worked closely with various other practitioners including artists, dancers, and amateur naturalists.

As Associate Professor at the University in Guelph, she teaches advanced courses in Experimental Studio – that explore the relationships between art and everyday life¬ – including Food and Art, Special Topics on Walking, Live Art, and OUTDOOR SCHOOL.

Lisa Myers

Monday, October 19 | Lisa Myers

Lisa Myers (Beausoleil First Nation, born in Oakville, ON, Canada; lives in Port Severn and Toronto, ON, Canada) is an independent curator and artist with a keen interest in interdisciplinary collaboration. Myers has a Master of Fine Arts in Criticism and Curatorial practice from OCAD University. Her recent work includes printmaking, stop-motion animation, and performance involving food. She is Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Environmental Studies at York University, Toronto. Myers is a member of Beausoleil First Nation.

Past Visiting Artists

Natalie Ball, “I make art as proposals of refusal to complicate an easily affirmed and consumed narrative and identity without absolutes.”

Nicholas Galanin, who’s work offers perspective rooted in connection to land and an intentionally broad engagement with contemporary culture.

Hellen Reed and Hannah Jickling, who’s collaborative projects take shape as public installations, social situations, and events that circulate as photographs, videos, printed matter, and artists’ multiples.

Krista Belle Stewart, who works with video, land, performance, photography, textiles, and sound, drawing out personal and political narratives inherent in archival materials while questioning their articulation in institutional histories.

Derya Akay, who approaches everyday objects, materials and experiences as rich sites of knowledge and meaning.

Brenda Draney, who’s work visually represents the moment when vulnerability is exposed, while encouraging the viewer to reject the notion to dominate the void where horror, poignancy, or powerful moments exist.

Cedric Bomford’s work often focuses on the power dynamics established by constructed spaces and takes the form of large-scale rambling ad hoc architectural installations.

Tsema Igharas is an interdisciplinary artist and a member of the Tahltan First Nation. She uses Potlatch methodology to create conceptual artwork and teachings influenced by her mentorship in Northwest Coast Formline Design at K’saan (2005/06), her studies in visual culture and time in the mountains.

Mia Feuer is an interdisciplinary sculptor born in Winnipeg, Manitoba. She received her MFA from the Department of Sculpture + Extended Media at Virginia Commonwealth University.

Ian Johnston’s current work Fine Line has switched attention from consumer culture to the obsessive-compulsive behavior that appear to epitomize it.

Patrik Andersson, Associate Professor in Critical + Cultural Studies. He teaches contemporary art and ideas which are informed by his freelance activities as an art critic and curator with interests ranging from conceptual art to design disciplines.

Colleen Heslin, explores medium crossovers between painting, sculpture, fibers and photography.

Liz Magor, one of Canada’s most important contemporary sculptors.

Myfanwy MacLeod, who’s work is trademarked by her wry sense of humour, and her layered referencing of consumer and popular culture..

Maikoiyo Alley-Barnes, artist, filmmaker, writer, and designer who explores the resonance of genetic cultural memory through the mystical and the mundane.

Carol Sawyer, a visual artist and singer who works with photography, installation, video, performance, and improvised music.

Brian Jungen, a significant Canadian sculptor and multidisciplinary artist who simultaneously explore traditional and contemporary approaches to art making.

Christian Nicolay, his diverse body of work employs a wide range of media and techniques including drawing, painting, sculpture, video, sound, performance and installation.

Paul Wong, a media-maestro making art for site-specific spaces and screens of all sizes.

James Nizam, who’s art practice investigates photography within an expanded field of operations that consider the relationship between performance, sculpture, and architecture.

Jennifer Stillwell who primarily works with sculpture and installation.

David Kang, who’s work plays with languages – visual, written, and spoken to seek out moments of miscegenation and mistranslation

Althea Thauberger, who’s film/video and performance projects often invoke provocative reflections of social, political, institutional, and aesthetic power relations.

Adam Kuby, who’s work engages the built and natural worlds to foster a sense of connectedness in our increasingly fractured environments.

Raymond Boisjoly works with photographic and video images, text and objects.

Elizabeth McIntosh’s work reveals itself through the multiplicity of visual interpretations and understandings, shying away from aesthetic resolution.

Sarah  Burwash, who works in narrative drawing, watercolor, and illustrational drawing, she is also active in video, animation, ‘zines and artist book works.

Damian Moppett, multi-media artist using photography, sculpture, drawing, video and painting.