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  • Visa Professor Launches New Collaborative Project

    fsnov2014_jmcarthur-1592Dr. Keri Cronin, Associate Professor in Visual Arts, has announced a new interdisciplinary project with renowned photographer Jo-Anne McArthur (We Animals). The project is called Unbound: Women on the Front Lines of Animal Advocacy, and it will be a celebration of women who have worked tirelessly to make the world a better place for animals. The project received initial funding from the Culture & Animals Foundation. The project also received a “Match of Minds” grant from Brock’s Office of Research Services which is funding a research assistant position this summer. Katie Mazi, a Visual Arts major and Critical Animal Studies minor, has been hired in this position.

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  • Visa Instructor Announces Exhibition.

    amyf2015exhibitionPhotography instructor Amy Friend has mounted an exhibition titled Are We Stardust? At the John C. Hodges Library of The University of Tennessee.

    April 1 to August 31, 2015
    University of Tennessee
    1015 Volunteer Blvd
    Knoxville, TN.

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  • Visa Instructor Amy Friend Announces Exhibition

    Photography instructor Amy Friend has mounted an exhibition titled Are We Stardust? At the John C. Hodges Library of The University of Tennessee.

    April 1 to August 31, 2015
    University of Tennessee
    1015 Volunteer Blvd
    Knoxville, TN.

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  • Visa Instructor screens new video in Matheson Learning Commons.

    parallax-still-2Visual Arts Instructor Arnold McBay will be screening a video (his first such work) titled Presencia 2 on the Digital Art Wall of the Matheson Learning Commons in the James A. Gibson Library between February 2 to March 27. Click HERE to see a working clip or read more information about this work. This video is an addendum/response to his work featured in a two-person exhibition at the Grimsby Public Art Gallery with Visual Arts Associate Professor and Chair Duncan MacDonald that will be on view February 7 through March 22, 2015.

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  • Visa Instructor part of major group exhibition at Art Gallery of Windsor.

    Visa Instructor Donna Akrey currently has work included in an exhibit titled Possible Futures: What is to be done?
    The 2014 Windsor-Essex Triennial of Contemporary Art
     currently on display at the Art Gallery of Windsor. Click HERE for more information.

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  • Rodman Hall Art Centre wins at OAAG awards

    (Source: The Brock News, Thursday, November 6, 2014. Photo: Installation view – Jimmy Limit – “Recent Advancements”)

    Brock University’s Rodman Hall Art Centre was recognized with two prestigious prizes this week at the 37th annual Ontario Association of Art Galleries (OAAG) Awards, presented at the Gladstone Hotel in Toronto Nov. 5.

    Twenty-eight public art galleries in 19 cities across Ontario were nominated for awards.

    Communities represented in the visual art nominations this year included Barrie, Cambridge, Chatham-Kent, Hamilton, Kingston, Kitchener, Kleinburg, London, Mississauga, Oakville, Oshawa, Ottawa, Owen Sound, St. Catharines, Sarnia, Toronto, Waterloo, Whitby, and Windsor.

    The OAAG Awards are annual, province-wide, juried art gallery awards of artistic merit and excellence.

    They recognize the new exhibitions, publications, programs and community partnerships that have been commissioned by and produced by Ontario’s public art galleries over the previous year.

    Jimmy Limit: Recent Advancements, curated by Marcie Bronson, was recognized as Exhibition of the Year, Monographic.

    In her acceptance speech, Bronson noted that this exhibition was St. Catharines-based Limit’s first public art gallery showing.

    The award citation noted the curator and artist as well as the Rodman Hall installation team, including Danny Custodio, Matthew Tegel and Jesse Harris.

    Inspired by commercial photography practices and the design of industrial supply catalogues and weekly flyers, Jimmy Limit builds and photographs simple constructions of hardware store goods and fruits.

    Selecting his varied subjects for their aesthetic interest rather than function, he engages them from a strictly formal standpoint.

    Through photographs and installations, Limit engages layers of reflection on past and present photography traditions to explore the relationship between an object and its image in a consideration of how desire is created and sold.

    The exhibition catalogue Milutin Gubash – co-published by Rodman Hall Art Centre, Carleton University Art Gallery, Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery, Southern Alberta Art Gallery and Musée d’art de Joliette – received an Honourable Mention in the category of Art Publication of the Year.

    Serbian-born artist Milutin Gubash has developed a diverse practice focused on the investigation of his own personal, social and cultural identity.

    This first monograph examines the overlap of history, humour and authenticity found in his multifaceted practice.

    Often cast as the lead alongside his family and friends, Gubash employs narrative to blur the boundaries between real, lived lives and the people who we wish we were.

    Produced to accompany a multi-venue 10-year survey of Gubash’s work, the publication includes original essays and complete photographic documentation. Milutin Gubash lives and works in Montreal.

    Stuart Reid, director/curator of Rodman Hall Art Centre, said the awards are important recognition from peers.

    “They mean a great deal to our institution,” he said. ” We are very proud of the excellent program of contemporary art exhibitions that Rodman Hall produces for the Brock community and the people of Niagara.”

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  • VISA Instructor’s exhibition reviewed in current issue of Canadian Art

    f-holes2Associate Professor Duncan MacDonald’s recent group exhibition in Cambridge, Ontario entitled ‘5 over 4’ has recently been reviewed in Canadian Art’s 30th year edition. The exhibition featured artworks by artists working with sound in a variety of mediums. Artists included: Eleanor King, Christof Migone, Marla Hlady, Duncan MacDonald and Ursula Nistrup.

    For more info click HERE.

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  • Interactive Arts and Science students’ video game AWAKEN wins Best Game at Level Up gaming showcase

    The winning Brock U IASC team at Level Up

    The Interactive Arts and Science program is proud to announce that Brock University’s 4th year IASC students showcased their video game AWAKEN at Toronto’s gaming showcase, Level Up…. and won BEST GAME!! Congratulations to the team!

    Level Up was held at Design Exchange in Toronto on Wednesday, April 3rd. It showcases the work of the most talented students in design, animation and computer science programs from colleges and universities across Ontario.

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  • 4th year IASC students to showcase video game at major Toronto event

    4th year Interactive Arts and Science students are going to be taking their AWAKEN video game to major gaming showcase, Level Up happening in Toronto April 3rd. Level Up is the first event of its kind that showcases the most talented students in design, animation and computer science programs from colleges and universities across Ontario. We are proud to have our 4th year IASC students representing Brock University at this event.

    The students in the Interactive Arts and Science program who have created Awaken are participating in the program’s capstone game development course. This course challenges students to propose, conceive, develop and produce a polished, critically-engaged interactive media or game prototype. The Awaken team, which makes up the fourth cohort to graduate from the program, has devised a first person game with surprising plot twists and challenging gameplay. This work demonstrates the group’s depth and breadth of knowledge in a wide range of topics and skills – from game theory to game engines. The team brings together a diverse range of talent that has enabled them to create a complex narrative and characters; build 3D models, audio and spatial environments; design and implement puzzles and other interactions between player and game system; and produce and integrate cinematic enhancements for the game.

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  • Brock graduate wins national art award

    Sarah Beattie’s winning painting of a woman sneezing.

    Sarah Beattie grabs her camera and tries to capture the moment – at least a re-enactment of it – and use it as a muse for her next painting.

    She seems to have found the perfect inspiration. Beattie has been chosen as the regional winner in the BMO 1st Art! Awards for her painting of a young woman sneezing.

    “It’s pretty unreal,” Beattie said. “I didn’t think I had that good a chance of winning because the competition could have been any form of art.”

    Now in the 10th year, the BMO 1st Art! Awards is a national competition for artists graduating from university. Entrants are chosen by Deans and instructors based on student skill and imagination.

    In the end, one national winner and 12 regional winners – one from each province or territory – are selected by a panel of judges.

    The award comes with a $5,000-cash prize. The winners’ work will also be on display at the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art in Toronto from Oct. 3 to 28 and be published in Canadian Art magazine.

    It’s critical exposure for a young artist embarking on a professional career and trying to make a name for themselves, said Beattie, who graduated with her bachelor of arts this past spring.

    Her winning painting is one of a series of six called Say Sneeze that Beattie painted during her honours studio class earlier this year at Rodman Hall. Each work captures someone on the verge of sneezing that she photographed up to 100 times first.

    “A photograph is an instantaneous thing, just like a sneeze,” she explained.

    The series is a work in progress and will eventually include a self-portrait of Beattie herself on the brink of eliciting a ‘Bless you.’ Beattie hopes to eventually do a solo exhibition of her work.

    “I’d like to have 10 different ones, like a big simultaneous sneeze,” Beattie said.

    Prof. Donna Szoke, who taught Beattie during her honours studio class, called her a gifted painter who stands her ground when it comes to how she creates.

    “She’s very insightful in her own process and she trusts her process implicitly. That’s unusual for a young artist,” Szoke said. “She’s very determined.”

    Keri Cronin, chair of the Department of Visual Arts, said the award is well-deserved.

    “Sarah is a hard-working, innovative young artist who excelled in her classes at Brock,” Cronin said.

    Cronin predicts there will be more accolades for students, particularly once the new Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts moves to its new space in downtown St. Catharines in 2014.

    “We have excellent instructors in the Department of Visual Arts and our small class sizes allow for students to receive a lot of one-on-one instruction and mentorship. This kind of environment plays an important role in allowing students to grow as artists and to achieve their full potential,” she said. “This dynamic coupled with the state-of-the-art facilities we will have in our new downtown building will lead to more of these sorts of awards and honours for our students.”

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