AGO’s 2015 Artists-in-Residence announced

Wednesday, January 7, 2015 - 6:00pm

Two artists with OCAD U connections have each been named Artist-in-Residence at the AGO. Lisa Meyers and Meera Margaret Singh are among four artists chosen to create unique experiences for gallery visitors over the upcoming year.

From the AGO news release: “The Artist-in-Residence Program fosters connections between the AGO and Toronto-based contemporary artists, encouraging new forms of expression and audience engagement. Artist projects may take various forms, including performances, events, talks, pop-up installations and gallery interventions.”

Meera Margaret Singh is a Winnipeg born, Toronto-based photographer who has taught at OCAD U. With a background in anthropology and art history, she first became interested in photography as a documentary tool. While pursuing her degrees in Fine Art, Singh began to explore the tension between documentary and fiction. She further seeks to represent fluidity (of culture, of gender, etc.), challenging the viewer to ask questions of her work. Through a succession of photographic series and more recently video works, Singh has questioned and interrogated cultural, physical, geographical, and emotional ideas of displacement and suspension.

Lisa Myers (MFA, Criticism & Curatorial Practice, 2011) grew up on a farm in Milton and is of Anishinaabe ancestry from Shawanaga and Beausoleil First Nation. Myers uses a range of media and materials including printmaking, sewn structures, film and surfaces often involving video projections, audio and the assemblage of materials such as food, seeds, canvas and beads. In addition to being an artist, she is a curator, musician and chef who works and lives in Port Severn and Toronto, Ontario.

The 2015-16 lineup of artists begins this spring with FAG Feminist Art Gallery (Allyson Mitchell and Deirdre Logue), followed by Meera Margaret Singh through the summer, Lisa Myers in the fall and Jérôme Havre next winter 2016.
 

 

AGO Artist-in-Residence: Meera Margaret Singh

Photograph of Meera Margaret Singh
Monday, June 8, 2015 - 4:00am to Friday, July 31, 2015 - 4:00am

Meera Margaret Singh is a Winnipeg born, Toronto-based photographer. With a background in anthropology and art history, Meera first became interested in photography as a documentary tool. While pursuing her degree in Fine Art at OCAD University (Photography), Meera began to explore the tension between documentary and fiction. She further seeks to represent fluidity (of culture, of gender, etc.), challenging the viewer to ask questions of her work. Through a succession of photographic series and more recently video works, Meera has questioned and interrogated cultural, physical, geographical, and emotional ideas of displacement and suspension. Meera has been selected as a scholarship winner and participant in the Magnum Workshop with international photographer Alessandra Sanguinetti and as a selected artist in an international residency with German photographer Thomas Struth at the Atlantic Centre for the Arts in Florida. Her work has been included in numerous exhibitions and festivals throughout Canada and the United States

Venue & Address: 
Art Gallery of Ontario 317 Dundas Street West
Website: 
http://www.ago.net/meera-margaret-singh

AGO Artist-in-Residence: Lisa Myers

Photograph of Lisa Myers wearing an apron and stirring a pot
Tuesday, September 8, 2015 - 4:00am to Friday, November 6, 2015 - 5:00am

Lisa Myers' work as an artist is influenced by the many years she worked as a cook and by her family stories and history from the Georgian Bay and Lake Ontario regions. She grew up on a farm in Milton and is of Anishinaabe ancestry from Shawanaga and Beausoleil First Nation. Lisa experiments with walking and cooking as ways to think through the ideas in her work. She uses a range of media and materials including printmaking, sewn structures, film and surfaces often involving video projections, audio and the assemblage of materials such as food, seeds, canvas and beads. The tactile nature of working with these materials is similar to the creative process of cooking. Each ingredient has a story and its origin or cultivation contributes to the meal, as do the materials that Lisa brings together in her artwork. In addition to being an artist, Lisa is a curator, musician and chef. Lisa earned her Master of Fine Arts in Criticism and Curatorial practice from OCAD University. She has exhibited her work in venues including Urban Shaman (Winnipeg), Peterborough Art Gallery (Peterborough), MacLaren Art Centre (Barrie), and the Art Gallery of Ontario (Toronto). Lisa works and lives in Port Severn and Toronto, Ontario.

Venue & Address: 
Art Gallery of Ontario 317 Dundas Street West
Website: 
http://www.ago.net/lisa-myers

OCAD University Digital Painting Atelier

Image: Alex Fischer, Garden Spell 4, 2014
Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - 3:30pm

Call for Submissions

“The Digital Painting Atelier has been a terrific opportunity for artists to experiment with the various expanding practices that connect with the mediums of drawing and painting. Over the past few years it has been a distinct pleasure to have artists engage with the OCAD U community and grapple with contemporary issues related to the hand made and the digital.”
Luke Painter. Chair, Contemporary Painting and Printmedia

Artists are invited to submit proposals to the Digital Painting Atelier. Artists are selected through a jury process. This opportunity provides an artist with one-week access to technology and technical support offered through the Digital Drawing and Painting Lab for creative experimentation and expansion of their practice. The artist will produce a new and original edition of artwork/digital prints and interact with the community of the Drawing and Painting program. The artwork produced during the residency will benefit both the visiting artist and the Drawing and Painting program. The artist maintains majority ownership through a 60/40 split of a minimum edition of 5 prints. The Faculty of Art will exhibit, auction and archive the remaining 40% of the edition. This will in turn offsets the cost of running the Digital Painting Atelier and help raise funds for other initiatives in the Faculty of Art.

OCAD University students will have an opportunity to interact with the artist in residence as well as assist in the development of artist’s project. The visiting artist will be expected to lecture on their work, conduct informal presentations, critiques and/or workshops to students and faculty. Moreover, the artist will be entitled to an honorarium, travel expenses and accommodations during the residency. Please see the application form for more details.

Previous DPA Residency participants: 
Kate Wilson (Toronto), Alex Fischer (Toronto), Leah Beeferman (Brooklyn, New York), Danielle Tegeder (New York City), Jon Rafman (Montreal), Pia Myrvold (Paris), Alex McLeod (Toronto), and Alex Livingston (Halifax)

We are currently scheduling for October 2014, January 2015 and March 2015.

Please visit the Digital Painting Atelier web page for more information and a submission form: http://www.ocadu.ca/programs/art/dpa.htm

Website: 
http://www.ocadu.ca/programs/art/dpa.htm
Email: 
<p><a href="mailto:dpa@ocadu.ca">dpa@ocadu.ca</a></p>
Cost: 
Free

GLENFIDDICH PRIZE WINNER DANIEL BARROW’S CAREER ADVICE FOR STUDENTS

Daniel Barrow's Kiss Me Before I Die. Image courtesy Glenfiddich.
Daniel Barrow in performance. Image courtesy Glenfiddich.

Daniel Barrow, a Montreal-based artist working in video, film, print-making, drawing and known for his projection installations and performances, is on his way to work in Dufftown Scotland after winning this year’s Glenfiddich Artist-in-Residence Prize. 

Barrow is one of eight artists chosen from around the world for the three-month residency. Valued at $20,000 per artist, the residency covers travel, living expenses and materials. The artists live in crofts (traditional small Scottish farm houses) and work closely together, making it an inspiring opportunity for cross-disciplinary ideas. 

OCAD University’s Vladimir Spicanovic, Dean, Faculty of Art, and Lisa Deanne Smith, Acting Curator of Onsite [at] OCAD U, were involved in the highly competitive jury process for this year’s award. The jury selected Barrow for the depth of his imagination and innovative practice. Barrow was also the winner of the 2010 Sobey Art Award and is represented by Jessica Bradley in Toronto.

While preparing to leave for his residency, Barrow shared his thoughts about what winning the prize means, along with some advice for students:

OCAD U: Congratulations on the prize win! When are you going?

I’m leaving early, in mid-May because I have shows booked in Europe before it starts. I’ll be doing performances in Oslo, Brussels, Venice and Croatia. The residency itself will be from June through August.

OCAD U: What kind of impact do you think it will have on your work?

DB: I’m not sure what to expect. I’m looking forward to a certain degree of isolation and getting work done in the Highland Mountains, and I really like the works coming out of the residency. I’m hoping it will inspire me. I’d like the work to unfold organically within the context, however, I do have to ship all my art supplies. I anticipate I’ll be working on a narrative performance project while I’m there.

OCAD U: How do you keep learning and challenging yourself as an artist?

DB: I went to art school at the University of Manitoba. It was a very exciting time in the early to mid-90s, and I went to school with a lot of artists who went on to establish themselves in the art world. So my peers and professors were a source of inspiration, and it was because I went to school with so many dedicated and inspired artists that I felt emboldened to quit my day job and work as a full-time artist. The thing that people need to know about being a full time artist is that it’s a lot of work. It requires a certain degree of sacrifice and dedication. I saw that in art school and the other students offered me a path. I still keep in close touch with my peers.

OCAD U: What advice would you give to the OCAD U community?

DB: I taught at Concordia for two years and what I told my students is that those who go on to succeed in the art world are not necessarily the best, but those who establish themselves in the community. That’s so important — establishing a peer group and creating relationships with other artists.

 

INTERMEDIA ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE 2013 NINA KÖNNEMANN

Video still from Bann courtesy Nina Könnemann.
Video still from M.U.D. courtesy Nina Konnemann.

“Könnemann describes known worlds but shows them to be unraveling, strange, transient.” Nick Mauss, Artforum

Renowned Berlin video artist Nina Könnemann is offering critiques and workshops to Integrated Media students at OCAD University as part of the InterMedia Artist-in-Residency, a collaboration between OCAD U, the University of Toronto’s Visual Studies at Daniels and the Goethe-Institut. The residency, which runs until November 14, also includes a series of public events, including a screening, artist talk and culture talk.

The residency provides a unique opportunity to examine the worlds Könnemann documents in her works and consider her process and techniques, often described as deceptively simple. Though Könnemann doesn’t use special effects, there’s a destabilizing and disorienting quality to her work that captures imaginations and attention around the globe. Her work shows multiple times a year, both in smaller galleries and in high profile solo shows, including at MoMA in New York and the Camden Centre in London. A retrospective of her work is planned at Kölnischer Kunstvereine, Cologne in 2014.

Playing with time and reality

When writing about Könnemann’s work, critics and reviewers frequently describe the disruption it creates. Viewers can take realism for granted in video, which makes the destabilization in her work ever more powerful and unusual, especially when she’s shooting what seems to be everyday occurrences and events, like people milling around in parks and urban plazas. 

“Rarely have I felt so lost as in viewing the videos of Nina Könnemann,” says Noemi Smolik in Artforum magazine. “Lost, because I couldn’t determine the place or the time period in which they were filmed, or even what was taking place in them. Were the events I was observing real, or had they been staged? In this footage, reality seemed to blend into fiction — or was it fiction blending into reality?”

Könnemann’s work, which also examines themes of time, urbanism, globalism, exclusion, public excess and public spaces, creates a sense of unhinging described by Jan Verwoert in Frieze magazine: “Konnemann’s videos make you feel that it takes no more than a gentle slip of the hand or askew glance for reality to unravel. And when the matrix of orchestrated events that regulates social performance does start to come undone, time starts to flow away, space becomes indistinct and the body manifests its intensities in surprisingly minor actions.”

At the same time, Könnemann’s oeuvre can provide meaningful glimpses of what is real, and how things actually are. Turning the commentary upside down, Katha Schulte notes, in an essay in Zusammenhage: “The dramaturgy of a Könnemann video presents events from their peripheries and interstices, now and then even from the point of view of their absence. The Real peers through the gaps, grimacing.”

About the residency

The InterMedia Artist Residency builds on the success of the CrossMedial Residency, developed and organized by the Goethe-Institut Toronto and the OCAD U and the Goethe-UofT InterMedia Residency. Previous guest artists include Lillevan, Carsten Nicolai and Olaf Bender, Nina Fischer and Maroan el Sani, and Daniel Kötter.

Learn more

The Intermedia Artist Residency

Attend a screening and artist talk: October 26, 2 to 5:00 p.m.

Attend a Culture Talk @ Goethe with Nina Konnemann: November 8, 5:00 p.m.

Nina Konnemann at Galerie Karin Guenther

OCAD University and Goethe-Institut Toronto partner to present the CROSSMEDIAL Artists Residency

Friday, September 17, 2010 - 4:00am

2010 program brings Berlin-based artists Nina Fischer and Maroan el Sani to OCADU

(Toronto — September 17, 2010) The Goethe-Institut Toronto and the Faculty of Art at OCAD University (OCADU) present the 2010 CROSSMEDIAL Artists Residency with Nina Fischer and Maroan el Sani of Berlin from September 26 to October 3, with a free public talk on Thursday, September 30 at 6 p.m.

CROSSMEDIAL is committed to bringing leading-edge multi-media artists from Germany to OCADU and the Canadian arts community. CROSSMEDIAL artists cross different media platforms in their work while synergizing analogue and digital modes of studio production that illuminate interdisciplinarity, hybridity and critical engagement with the contemporary visual world. The residence is designed to bring visiting artists to Canada’s largest and oldest university of art and design, and engage them in dialogue with undergraduate and graduate students and faculty through public lectures, studio critiques, workshops and screenings. In 2008, the residence hosted Berlin-based multimedia artist Lillevan, and in collaboration with Yatra Arts, it sponsored a public talk and performance by Olaf Bender and Carsten Nicolai in 2009.

The Berlin-based art duo Nina Fischer and Maroan el Sani use film, photography, mixed-media installations and architecture to explore failed utopias. Also holding professorships in Japan, Fischer and el Sani have been featured in numerous exhibitions, including the Gwangju Biennale, the International Istanbul Biennale and the Sonar Sound Festival Tokyo. They illuminate urban culture, layers of civilization, life and decay, before turning to something completely different.

“We are very pleased to partner with Goethe-Institute and co-host the residence of Fischer and el Sani in the Faculty of Art,” said Vladimir Spicanovic, Dean for the Faculty of Art. “We look forward to have these two internationally known artist-educators interact with our community, and see their residence as an opportunity to extend cross-cultural dialogue on the meaning of contemporary art practice.”

“The Goethe-Institut is known for initiating and establishing lasting relationships between the Canadian and German arts scenes,” explained Sonja Griegoschewski, Director of the Goethe-Institut Toronto. “Our residency program with OCAD University is a perfect example of how we develop these in-depth connections.”

CROSSMEDIAL Artists Residency 2010:
Nina Fischer and Maroan el Sani

September 26 to October 3
Public lecture: Thursday, September 30, 6 p.m. (FREE)

OCAD University
Auditorium, 100 McCaul Street, Toronto
416-977-6000 | www.ocad.ca

Screening of Nina Fischer and Maroan el Sani’s film Sayonara Hashima:
Friday, October 1, 7 p.m. (FREE)
Japan Foundation
131 Bloor Street West, Toronto

About the Goethe-Institut Toronto
The Goethe-Institut Toronto (www.goethe.de/toronto) presents important positions, contemporary ideas and arts practices from Germany and Europe to Canadians. Our current focus themes are Culture & Economy, City & Climate, and German film & media art. We organise residencies together with our Canadian partners, offer international liaison work and consulting as well as promote European cultural understanding, e.g. through our cooperation with other European cultural institutes across Canada.

About OCAD University (OCADU)
OCAD University (www.ocad.ca) is Canada’s “University of the Imagination.” The University, founded in 1876, is dedicated to art and design education, practice and research and to knowledge and invention across a wide range of disciplines. OCAD University is building on its traditional, studio-based strengths, adding new approaches to learning that champion cross-disciplinary practice, collaboration and the integration of emerging technologies. In the Age of Imagination, OCAD University community members will be uniquely qualified to act as catalysts for the next advances in culture, technology and quality of life for all Canadians.

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For more information, contact:
 

Jutta Brendemühl, Program Coordinator, Goethe-Institut Toronto
416.593.5257 Ext. 205

Sarah Mulholland, Media & Communications Officer
416.977.6000 Ext. 327 (mobile Ext. 1327)

Helen Cho to represent Canada in international residence program

Tuesday, April 26, 2011 - 4:00am

OCAD University releases juried results for
Glenfiddich Artist-in-Residence

(Toronto — April 26, 2011) Glenfiddich, the world’s most awarded single malt scotch, today announced that Helen Cho of Ajax, ON will be the 2011 Canadian Artist-in-Residence at the company’s distillery in Scotland this summer.

Ms. Cho was selected from a shortlist of nine artists. In all 125 artists from across Canada submitted proposals. The competition was juried by an OCAD University panel led by Charles Reeve, Curator of Onsite [at] OCAD U gallery.

According to Reeve, Cho’s proposal stood out for her intention to create works based on her engagement and interaction with the community and setting of Dufftown where the distillery is located.

“I am delighted for the opportunity to work in the supportive environment of the Glenfiddich Artist-in-Residence and share my work with the community of Dufftown,” says Helen Cho.

“I have been investigating the idea of systematically breaking down an artwork so that its production process can be made visible and accessible to the public. I am very excited to bring this idea from a developmental stage to fruition and to interact with local residents in the unique setting of the Scottish Highlands,” says Cho.

Ms. Cho will join artists in residence from China, India, Taiwan, United Kingdom and the United States.

“We are very proud that the Artist-in-Residence program appeals to so many of Canada’s leading and emerging contemporary artists,” says Andy Fairgrieve, Program Coordinator. “The range and scope of the submissions is a true reflection of the creative exploration going on in Canada today.”

"The Glenfiddich residency provides substantial support for significant contemporary artists," says OCAD U Curator Charles Reeve. "We're thrilled to be involved with this important program."

The shortlisted Canadian artists in 2011 included; Deanna Bowen, Jess Dobkin, Kelly Jazvac, Nestor Kruger, Alex Morrison, Paulette Phillips, Nicholas Pye, and Laurel Woodcock.

Each year, Glenfiddich sponsors up to eight artists from around the world to live and work at the distillery in Dufftown. The residency, valued at roughly $20,000 per artist, represents Glenfiddich’s commitment to pioneering spirits, the arts and the communities it serves.

The artists live in crofts at the distillery and are encouraged to find inspiration from their unique setting in the Scottish Highlands. One of the special benefits is the opportunity to work in an international artists’ community, to share a dialogue with one another and to foster cross-disciplinary ideas.

The Glenfiddich Artist-in-Residence program has sponsored more than 70 artists since its inception in 2002. Canadian artists have included Damian Moppett (2010), Arabella Campbell (2009), Dave Dyment (2008), Jonathon Kaiser (2007), Annie Pootoogook (2006) and Myfanwy Macleod (2005).

The Artist-in-Residence program covers the cost of travel, living expenses and working materials while at the residency.

About Helen Cho
Helen Cho is a Korean born Canadian artist based in Ajax, Ontario and Berlin, Germany. Helen earned a Diploma in Painting and Drawing from OCAD University and an MA from Goldsmiths College. Helen's works have been exhibited in North America, Asia and Europe in venues such as Artspeak, Galerie Martin van Zomeren, YYZ, Derek Eller Gallery, Magnus Müller, National Museum of Contemporary Arts (Korea), Kumho Museum, Kunstlerhaus Bethanien, Kunstverein Wolfsberg, Bielefelder Kunstverein, Ssamziespace. Helen is the recipient of numerous grants from the Ontario Arts Council, Canada Council for the Arts and AHRC (Arts & Humanities Research Council), United Kingdom.

About William Grant & Sons
William Grant & Sons is an independent family-owned distiller founded by William Grant in 1886 and today still controlled by the fifth generation of his family. The Company distils some of the world’s leading brands of Scotch whisky, including the world’s favourite single malt Glenfiddich®, the handcrafted range of The Balvenie® single malts, and one of the world’s best loved blended Scotches, Grant’s®, as well as selected other spirits, including Hendrick’s® Gin, Sailor Jerry® Spiced Rum and most recently Tullamore Dew Irish Whiskey.

About Onsite [at] OCAD U
Formerly called “The Professional Gallery,” Onsite [at] OCAD U (www.ocad.ca/onsite) was launched in 2007 with Rirkrit’s first solo exhibit in Canada. Since then, it has hosted solo and group shows featuring dozens of nationally and internationally significant contemporary artists and designers, enriching OCAD U’s educational experience while helping to make this university an indispensable cultural resource for the region.
 

About OCAD University (OCAD U)
OCAD University (www.ocad.ca) is Canada’s “University of the Imagination.” The University, founded in 1876, is dedicated to art and design education, practice and research and to knowledge and invention across a wide range of disciplines. OCAD University is building on its traditional, studio-based strengths, adding new approaches to learning that champion cross-disciplinary practice, collaboration and the integration of emerging technologies. In the Age of Imagination, OCAD University community members will be uniquely qualified to act as catalysts for the next advances in culture, technology and quality of life for all Canadians.

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For more information contact:

Gerald Crowell / Barbara Jesson
Glenfiddich Artist-In-Residence, Jesson + Company
416-323-7828

Sarah Mulholland, Media & Communications Officer
416-977-6000 Ext. 327 (mobile Ext. 1327)

Artists Ghada Amer and Reza Farkhondeh announced as 2012 Nomadic Residents

Wednesday, February 8, 2012 - 5:00am

(Toronto—February 8, 2012) OCAD University's Faculty of Art welcomes critically acclaimed international artists Ghada Amer (Egyptian) and Reza Farkhondeh (Iranian) as this year's Nomadic Residents. On campus from March 19 to 23, 2012, the artists will give a free public talk on Thursday, March 22 at 6:30 p.m. During their residency, Amer and Farkhondeh will conduct studio critiques, engage in dialogue with faculty and lead a collaborative student project.

"We're delighted to bring Ghada Amer and Reza Farkhondeh to Toronto as our 2012 Nomadic Residents, a program that enriches learning opportunities for our students and showcases diversity and innovation in contemporary art practice, " Dr. Vladimir Spicanovic, Dean of the Faculty of Art at OCAD University. "Amer and Farkhondeh's intricate investigations of representation and pictorial space, and their collaborative working relationship, present our students with a window into how they might engage in creative collaboration in their future careers."

Launched in 2006 with the generous support of Partners in Art, Nomadic Residents aims to inspire and influence the OCAD University community and the public by featuring artists and thinkers from around the world whose work questions issues such as travel, mobility, displacement, dislocation and homelessness, as well as the speed or instability of modern life. Nomadic Residents has hosted pre-eminent contemporary practitioners and theorists including Rirkrit Tiravanija (2006), Ann Hamilton (2007), ORLAN (2008), Hal Foster (2009) and Adel Abdessemed (2010). The series continues with the generous support of the Jack Weinbaum Family Foundation.

About the artists
Ghada Amer and Reza Farkhondeh met in 1988 while both were studying at Villa Arson in Nice, France. Their work spans and reveals layers of cultural references to their home countries of Egypt and Iran, to their time in France and now the United States. Both artists have strong individual signatures: Amer is renowned for her erotic women embroidered onto canvas and partially concealed by colorful drip-like threads; Farkhondeh uses nature, trees, flowers and leaves, often as direct motifs, drawn, interpreted and painted with layers of transparencies.

Amer and Farkondeh's collaborative practice has evolved into a unique pictorial language, bringing together two of the most common historical subjects of art: nudes and landscapes. Amer and Farkhondeh have shared studios since their graduation in the early 1990s with MFAs at National School of Fine Arts at the Villa Arson. Later, they studied at the Institut des Hautes Etudes en Arts Plastiques in Paris. They now work out of shared studios in Harlem, New York.

While both artists continue to develop their individual practice, it was only in early 2000 that they began to collaborate on canvas, on paper and in video performance. Amer and Farkhondeh have exhibited their collaborations in numerous venues internationally including the Singapore Tyler Print Institute, the Galeria Filomena Soares (Lisbon, Portugal), the Goodman Gallery (Johannesburg, South Africa), the Kukje Gallery (Seoul, Korea) and Tina Kim Gallery (New York).

Nomadic Residents: Ghada Amer and Reza Farkhondeh
Residency: March 19 to 22, 2012
Free public talk: Thursday, March 22, 6:30 p.m.

Register for Tickets (Free)

OCAD University - 135 Years of Imagination
Auditorium, 100 McCaul Street, Toronto
416-977-6000  |  http://www.ocadu.ca/

OCAD University (OCAD U): 135 Years of Imagination
OCAD University (www.ocadu.ca) is Canada’s “University of the Imagination.” The university, founded in 1876, is dedicated to art and design education, practice and research and to knowledge and invention across a wide range of disciplines. OCAD University is building on its traditional, studio-based strengths, adding new approaches to learning that champion cross-disciplinary practice, collaboration and the integration of emerging technologies. In the Age of Imagination, OCAD University community members will be uniquely qualified to act as catalysts for the next advances in culture, technology and quality of life for all Canadians.

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For more information contact:

Sarah Mulholland, Media & Communications Officer
416-977-6000 Ext. 327 (mobile Ext. 1327)

Jillian Mcdonald named 2012 Glenfiddich Artist-in-Residence

Wednesday, March 21, 2012 - 4:00am

(Toronto—March 21, 2012) Andy Fairgrieve, Curator of the Glenfiddich International Artist in Residence program and OCAD University announced today that internationally acclaimed video and performance artist, Jillian Mcdonald is the 2012 Canadian winner of the highly-respected Glenfiddich Artist in Residence award. Ms. McDonald's haunting video and performance art reflects her fascination with the American horror film genre and its use of fear as entertainment. Unlike horror films however, Mcdonald's images of ghosts, zombies and vampires avoid extreme gore and violence as part of her narrative.

Edmonton born Mcdonald divides her time between New York City and Canada, and is notably one of only eight artists from around the world to be awarded the art community's coveted prize to live and work at the distillery in Dufftown, Scotland. The three-month residency, valued at roughly $20,000 per artist, represents Glenfiddich's commitment to the arts and the communities it serves.

Upon learning of the award, Ms. Mcdonald shared that, "I have never been to Scotland and I am so excited to create masks and costumes inspired by the folklore and the romance of the gothic landscape which evoke all sorts of horror associations."

While in Dufftown the artists live in crofts at the distillery and are encouraged to find inspiration from their unique setting in the Scottish Highlands. One of the special benefits is the opportunity to work in an international artists' community, to share in a dialogue with one another and to foster cross-disciplinary ideas. The Artist in Residence program covers the cost of travel, living expenses and working materials while at the residency.

Mr. Fairgrieve underscores that, "The program's ethos is about encouraging people to take inspiration from their experience living at the distillery, whether that be the pioneering heritage of Glenfiddich, the surrounding environment, or the daily life of the distillery and local community, and to be as pioneering as possible — a mission our artists live and breathe during their three-month residency."

"We are very proud that the Artist in Residence program appeals to so many of Canada's leading and emerging artists," says Mr. Fairgrieve. "The range and scope of the submissions is a true reflection of the creative exploration going on in Canada today."

Over 100 artists from the far-reaching corners of Canada submitted proposals. Along with OCAD U Curator and Associate Professor Charles Reeve, the selection committee also included Lisa Deane Smith, OCAD University Assistant Curator; Vlad Spicanovic, Dean of the Faculty of Art at OCAD U; and Dave Dyment, 2008 Glenfiddich Artist-in-Residence. Reeve points out that the "geography, age and interests provided a rich and broad range of entries as sweeping as the country and a collection of work that spans multiple genres, mediums and perspectives from the traditional to the avant garde."

The Glenfiddich Artist-in-Residence program has sponsored more than 40 artists since its inception in 2002. Canadian artists have included Helen Cho (2011), Damian Moppett (2010), Arabella Campbell (2009), Dave Dyment (2008), Jonathon Kaiser (2007), Annie Pootoogook (2006) and Myfanwy Macleod (2005).

About OCAD University (OCAD U)
OCAD University (www.ocadu.ca) is Canada's "university of imagination." The University, founded in 1876, is dedicated to art and design education, practice and research and to knowledge and invention across a wide range of disciplines. OCAD University is building on its traditional, studio-based strengths, adding new approaches to learning that champion cross-disciplinary practice, collaboration and the integration of emerging technologies. In the Age of Imagination, OCAD University community members will be uniquely qualified to act as catalysts for the next advances in culture, technology and quality of life for all Canadians.

About Onsite [at] OCAD U
Formerly called "The Professional Gallery," Onsite [at] OCADU (www.ocadu.ca/onsite) was launched in 2007 with Rirkrit's first solo exhibit in Canada. Since then, it has hosted solo and group shows featuring dozens of nationally and internationally significant contemporary artists and designers, enriching OCAD U's educational experience while helping to make this university an indispensable cultural resource for the region.

About William Grant & Sons
William Grant & Sons is an independent family-owned distiller founded by William Grant in 1886 and today still controlled by the fifth generation of his family.  The Company distils some of the world's leading brands of Scotch whisky, including the world's favourite single malt Glenfiddich®, the handcrafted range of The Balvenie® single malts and one of the world's best loved blended Scotches, Grant's®, as well as selected other spirits, including Hendrick's® Gin, Sailor Jerry® Spiced Rum and, most recently, Tullamore Dew Irish Whiskey 

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