• Visa Instructor Irene Loughlin featured in exhibition.

    irene-loughlin_0Visa Instructor Irene Loughlin presents performance art work at kilometrocero International Festival of Performance Art, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Nov 5-9, 2015.

    The Festival Internacional de Performance Kilometro Cerø will be held in Santo Domingo, capital of the Dominican Republic from november 5th till 9th. It is produced by El Arañazo, a Santo Domingo-based cultural organization that specializes in literature and performance art. This year, the Festival’s curatorial theme is “Puntos de Partida” (“Points of Departure”). In the view of the Festival’s organizers, the Western point of view of Dominican Republic history positions Santo Domingo as the epicentre of America’s conquest and evangelism. El Aranzo states, “That condition, together with all the importance that we, the Dominican people brag about, seldom generates meditation upon the idiosyncratic contradictions of a society which, starting from dislocation, was raised into a pretend tropical paradise.” From this “departure point” Kilometro Cero’s events plan to de-construct and rethink a tradition that has been sold and/or imposed for more that five centuries.

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  • Donna Szőke: Satellite, Curated by Stuart Reid

    "Invisible Histories", phone app, 2015

    “Invisible Histories”, phone app, 2015

    Monday, October 19 – Saturday, November 28, 2015
    Opening Reception: Friday, October 23, 2015, 7 – 9 p.m.
    Location: Visual Arts Gallery, 15 Artists’ Common
    Satellite is the collected media art works by Donna Szoke, from 2011 to present. It is literally a satellite show of the exhibition Cloud, installed and running now at Rodman Hall Art Centre. While Cloud coalesces print, sculpture and multiples into one body of work, Satellite presents digital drawings, single channel video and media art works that speak to the ethereal regions of digital art practice. These digital artworks investigate the invisible, elided and mysterious.

    This exhibition is running now at the Visual Arts Gallery, Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts, Brock University at 15 Artists’ Common in downtown St. Catharines, and is a free community event!

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  • Donna Szőke: Cloud, Curated by Stuart Reid

    Donna Szőke, "Decoy", 2015 acrylic paint on ABS plastic, ceramic plate

    Donna Szőke, “Decoy”, 2015 acrylic paint on ABS plastic, ceramic plate

    Saturday, October 10, 2015 – Sunday, January 17, 2016
    Opening Reception: Sunday, October 25, 2015, 3 – 5 p.m.
    Location: Rodman Hall Art Centre, 109 St. Paul Cres., St. Catharines
    Cloud is an assemblage of limited-edition prints and objects that explores relational meaning. Donna Szőke has created a collection of works that convey messages that are sometimes absurd, often humorous, never singular, but existing in relation to other parts of the whole. The materials chosen for the prints usually have an association with the text or message. For Decoy, the artist made a series of 3D-printed, trompe l’oeil Tim Horton’s doughnuts. The relationship between the doughnut and the hole, the original and the copy, the single and the baker’s dozen, may be confounding or irrational, but serves to point out how ideas are ephemeral structures.

    The artist writes: “Absurdity, irrationality, immanence, failure and anachronism are the unifying themes of Cloud… Ideas arise and are fleeting. They form, peak and disappear in sets of relationships to other ideas. Insights echo across instances of ideas.”

    This exhibition is running now at Rodman Hall Art Centre, 109 St. Paul Crescent in downtown St. Catharines, and is a free community event!

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  • Visa Instructor part of two new exhibitions.

    disfigureitout-inviteVisa Instructor Donna Akrey is part of two upcoming exhibitions:

    Nuit Blanche in Toronto and Disfigureitout
    Andrew McPhail and Donna Akrey

    Hundred Dollar Gallery
    4 Cannon Street East

    Oct. 9 – Nov. 9, 2015
    Opening Oct. 9
    7 – 10 pm


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  • Visa Instrutor announces performance.

    01_loughlin_irene_cothromaiocht-balance_equilibrium_2014-personal_physicalVISA Instructor Irene Loughlin presents work at Nuit Blanche with Workman Arts.

    Saturday – Sunday, October 3 – 4, 2015, 7 pm – 7 am
    Admission: Free
    Venue: Gladstone Hotel, 2nd Floor Public Gallery 1214 Queen Street West

    Double Take
    Live Performances: 7 pm – 1 am

    Under the theme of Memory Lane, established performance artist Irene Loughlin and six Workman Arts artists create site specific performances responding to individual artworks presented at the 15th annual Being Scene exhibition installed in the 2nd floor public gallery at the Gladstone Hotel. The hotel is more than 125 years old and its walls have been witness to several transformations over the years. This theme has particular resonance to the Gladstone as we remember some of the building’s past tenants, some who struggled with mental health and addiction issues and it reflects the hotel’s relationship to the changing neighbourhood as it continues to negotiate ways of sharing public and private spaces. Through this project we collectively aim to look back and perform new modes of moving forward that are informed by inclusivity, questioning, creative response, and well-being in its myriad forms.

    Co-presented by Workman Arts, FADO Performance Art Centre, and the Gladstone Hotel

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  • Art is in the City

    2 September 2015
    Brock University — Communications & Public Affairs

    Art is in the City

    As Brock University’s Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts opens a new era in its new urban setting, it is launching a performance series to celebrate the bond between the community and the new arts centre of excellence in downtown St. Catharines.

    The series Imagining the City – part of the Walker Cultural Leaders Program, 2015/16 – consists of performances, exhibitions, concerts and conferences, all themed around ideas of the urban, and the relationship between the City and the University.

    “Our goal is to invite the community to engage with us in a series of celebratory events, 40 or more, that run the course of the academic year,” said Derek Knight, MIWSFPA Director. “Formal or improvised, these activities will take place in our dynamic new building and in venues across the City, from the café to the concert hall, the theatre to the gallery, the outdoor environs to the street itself. What a wonderfully immersive way to bridge between our communities and to strengthen our ties.”

    Knight said events will build on the creativity and vision of faculty, students and the professional talents of many sister organizations and collaborators. “The idea that the city is a crucible for creative interaction and collective reflection, is a powerful concept and demonstration of the arts at their most compelling,” he said.

    The series will be dynamic and original and appeal to a variety of people, whether they are fans of theatre, musical performances, exhibitions or discussions.

    Imagining the City will bring Brock, the downtown and the greater Niagara community face-to-face with leading arts professionals and educators, with events occurring at the MIWSFPA, Rodman Hall, and venues within the developing creative arts hub of St. Paul Street.

    “At this crucial moment in the revival of our downtown the vitality of the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts is manifest in programs such as the Walker Cultural Leader Series,” Knight said.

    The series will consist of more than 40 wide-ranging events, including:

    • performances of First Nations writer Marvin Francis’ epic poem City Treaty, adapted for the St. Catharines setting (September);
    • a Guitar Extravaganza concert featuring faculty, alumni and aficionados of the classical guitar in the local community (November);
    • Confluence, a walking project and virtual reconstruction by acclaimed artist Elizabeth Chitty offering the student community and public an opportunity to explore the environs beyond our new building (January);
    • a collaboration between the Shaw Festival and the Department of Dramatic Arts on a staged reading of George Bernard Shaw’s play Major Barbara, entitled Major Barbara/Major Predictions(February);
    • a concert by the Department of Music’s Wind Ensemble in St. Catharines’ Market Square (March).

    The full program can be found here. Stay connected on social media by following @miwsfpa and #itc.

    All events for Imagining the City are free, and open to the public (the only exception being Poor by Essential Collective Theatre, co-presented by FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre with production assistance by DART).

    For more information or to arrange interviews: Marie Balsom, Communications Coordinator, Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts, Brock University, 905.688.5550 x4765

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  • Returning Visa Students Must Update ID cards

    Returning Visa students must replace their old ID cards PRIOR to classes with the new proxy cards for the MIWSFPA building. Proxy cards have two little runs of numbers above the black reader strip. If you arrive with your old cards you will not have swipe access to any of your study spaces.

    Wondering how to get one? Click here.

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  • Employment Opportunities for Visual Arts Students

    The following student positions are available:

    4th Floor Student Monitor(s): for Studio Clean-Up 4-5 pm, Art Store Assistance 5-6 pm and Workshop monitoring 6-8 pm. These positions will run approximately from mid-August to mid-May.

    Gallery Student Monitor(s): for Fall/Winter, gallery attendant duties and will run Tuesday – Saturdays from 12 noon – 5:00 pm approximately from mid-August to end of May.

    Gallery Student Monitor for Spring/Summer: gallery attendant duties available for both VISA and STAC students. Will run Tuesday – Saturday from 12 noon – 6:00 pm from June – August.

    Kiosk Student Monitor Kiosk personnel / student monitor(s): to sign out and sign in equipment for faculty, instructors and students and related duties. Will run Monday – Friday 10:00 am – 3:00 pm and Saturdays 12 noon – 5:00 pm.

    Digital Student Monitor(s): monitoring the Digital Media Lab, IT Computer Lab, Computer Commons and Learning Commons. Performing related duties. Will run Monday – Friday 4:00 – 8:00 pm and Saturday 12 noon – 5:00 pm.

    Students interested in any of the positions please email for more information on these positions.
    To apply for any of these positions send a cover letter indicating which positions you are applying for, your resume, and a detailed list of the days/times you are available to work to Monika Lederich.

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  • Visa Instructor Announces Workshop.

    ireneVisual Arts Department Sessional Instructor Irene Loughlin will be part of a workshop at LINK & PIN Performance Art Series. Click HERE for more information on this event.

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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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