OCAD University's Florence Program Visiting Artist + Speaker Series welcomes EMMY SKENSVED

Thursday, February 25, 2016 - 5:00am to Friday, February 26, 2016 - 5:00am

OCAD University's Florence Program is hosting a Visiting Artist + Speaker Series which brings six international artists, critics and gallerists to our international campus to engage in artist talks, critiques and individual studio visits. This unique opportunity offers students insight into how a successful international practice is developed as well receiving critical feedback on their independent studio work.

FEBRUARY 25 + 26  EMMY SKENSVED

Emmy Skensved is a multidisciplinary artist. She received her MFA from the University of Waterloo in 2007. She has exhibited her work nationally and internationally including shows at the National Gallery of Canada (Ottawa), Greener Pastures Contemporary Art (Toronto), September Gallery (Berlin) and the Künstlerhaus Bethanien (Berlin). Her work is included in the collections of the Canada Council Art Bank and the Canadiana Foundation. She has been the recipient of numerous grants and awards including research and production grants from the Canada Council for the Arts and the Toronto Arts Council. She currently lives and works in Berlin, Germany. www.emmyskensved.com 

Organized by Linda Martinello, Assistant Professor / CLTA, Faculty of Art, OCAD University

Venue & Address: 
OCAD University Florence Campus
list of artists and bios of those speaking in the 2016 Florence speakers series

OCAD University's Florence Program Visiting Artist + Speaker Series welcomes JESSICA GROOME

Wednesday, January 27, 2016 - 5:00am

OCAD University's Florence Program is hosting a Visiting Artist + Speaker Series which brings six international artists, critics and gallerists to our international campus to engage in artist talks, critiques and individual studio visits. This unique opportunity offers students insight into how a successful international practice is developed as well receiving critical feedback on their independent studio work. 

 

JANUARY 27  JESSICA GROOME

Jessica Groome received her BFA in Visual Arts from Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design in 2007, and her MFA from the University of Guelph in 2011. Her art examines the systems of belief that motivate contemporary and 20th century abstraction. Invested in the authentic, metaphysical potential of abstract work, she researches optical painting, minimalism, and the transcendent school of thought; her practice employs faith while maintaining skepticis and uncertainty. She was a semi-finalist in the 13th Annual RBC Painting Competition and the recipient of the 8th Joseph Plaskett Award. Currently, she is based in Berlin, Germany and Vancouver BC. Her work has been exhibited across Canada. www.jessicagroome.com

Organized by Linda Martinello, Assistant Professor / CLTA, Faculty of Art, OCAD University

Venue & Address: 
OCAD University Florence Campus
list of artists and bios of those speaking in the 2016 Florence speakers series

Florence Open Studio

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Friday, December 11, 2015 - 11:00pm

OCAD University’s Florence Off-Campus Program interweaves
cultural experience and creative invention. The program features an
eclectic group of twenty-four emerging artists integrated as part of a
network within a communal studio. Art history of the Italian
Renaissance synthesizes with contemporary encounters to
materialize inspiration.
Contained in the framework of the studio, the artworks are in a
constant state of process that simultaneously reveals the identity of
the artist and an endless measure of possibility. The nature of the
studio functions as a living space where the emergence of creation is
unwavering. The artworks in this phase are personal extensions of
the individual and yet not divisible from their cultivation and
evolution.

Venue & Address: 
Via Bonifacio Lupi 14
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40 i nuovi 20 exhibition celebrates Florence

Group of students posing for photo
Woman poses with man in front of a video projection
Image of Sara Diamond and Giuseppe Pastorelli at podium
Elizabeth Chan standing in front of a painting
Friday, November 27, 2015 - 5:00am

On Wednesday evening, Giuseppe Pastorelli, Italy’s consul general, joined students, alumni, faculty and friends to honour the 40th anniversary of OCAD University’s Florence Off-Campus Studies program.

The exhibition 40 i nuovi 20 (forties are the new twenties) featured 40 works by 20 students who studied in Florence last year, along with a curated display of archival images and mementos from past cohorts. Students spoke about how the experience changed their lives, influenced their practice and created cherished memories.

The Florence program was founded in 1974 by faculty member Franklin Arbuckle, a prolific illustrator and landscape painter who himself studied at the Ontario College of Art as it was known in the late 1920’s.

Accompanied by two faculty members, students spend an academic year based at OCAD U’s Florence campus, a sprawling apartment with studio and learning spaces. The art history component is taught by Katharina Giraldi who takes participants on trips to cities such as Milan, Rome and Sienna.

Applications for the 2016/2017 Florence program are open until Friday, January 15, 2016.

Many thanks MASI, the event's exclusive wine sponsor, along with the Italian Cultural Institute and the Consulate General of Italy for their generous support.

Five best things about studying art in Florence

Without doubt or exaggeration, my year in Florence changed the direction of my art practice.  For me, the 5 best things about studying art in Florence were:

Art History class

Art History class in Florence was, frankly, a privilege. While most people learn about Michelangelo and da Vinci from books or PowerPoint presentations, our professor, taught us about Italian art history while we stood inches away from masterpieces. She led us to a variety of venues throughout Italy and we gained entry to spaces not always available to the general public. The visits to contemporary art sites were a great change of pace. 

 

 

Friendships

Simply put, you’ll return to Canada with more friends than you had before you left. I befriended a number of Italians and of course, I developed some solid friendships with other OCAD U students.  Lots of great memories were made in the studio and navigating our way through Florentine streets and Italian culture. 

 

 

Inspiration

Being in a foreign place always stimulates my eyes and curiosity. In Italy, I was as inspired by the culture and cultural history as I was by the art and art history.

 

 

My art practice

Before I lived in Florence, my art practice was comfortable. The year in Florence motivated and allowed me to explore new technical and process-based ideas.  Preconceptions of who I was as an artist fell away and I now feel more directed in my practice. I’m also more open to taking chances, exploring new technical ideas and rediscovering my subjects.  

 

 

Exhibiting Internationally

As an emerging artist, the opportunity to exhibit your work and share it with a new audience and a different culture is invaluable. In addition to participating in a couple of OCAD U group shows, I also was successful in finding a reputable gallery and had my first solo exhibition before returning to Canada.  

Author: 
By Alex Murphy
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Alumni Travel: Art in Florence

Florence Skyline, circa 2009
Saturday, May 9, 2015 - 4:00am to Saturday, May 16, 2015 - 4:00am

Join Maggie Broda, President, OCAD U Alumni Association, for an inspiring art-filled trip to Florence, Italy.

If you have a desire to do more than visit a city steeped in art, and to enjoy open-studio opportunities for self-directed drawing, painting and more, we think you will really enjoy this inspiring week. We’ll be spending seven nights in Florence in classic little hotel, painting and creating in the morning and touring with an art historian in the afternoon. We’ll enjoy delicious meals, evening talks while sipping Chianti or expresso on the Arno River, and enjoy the stunning scenery of the Tuscany region. We’ll discover all of the great works within the city that is a masterpiece itself!

About your tour leader
Maggie is a member of the Ontario College of Art and Design University’s Board of Governors, currently serving as President of its Alumni Association. A contemporary artist and instructor, Maggie is represented in Toronto by the Elaine Fleck Gallery.

Venue & Address: 
Florence, Italy
Website: 
http://worldwidequest.com/?page=trips&cmd=review&key=art_in_florence#ad-image-0
Email: 
travel@worldwidequest.com
Phone: 
1-800-387-1483
Cost: 
CAD $2,995 Group Size: 16 participants Includes: Accommodation, meals as listed in the itinerary, studio sessions at the OCADU Florence Campus, full day excursion to Siena and San Gimignano by private coach. Taxes and gratuities an additional C$200.

A Special Tribute to "Maestro" Peter Porcal

Image of Peter Porcal holding a bunch of red peppers above his head
Tuesday, January 6, 2015 - 10:30pm

Please join us to raise a glass and celebrate “Maestro” Peter Porcal, resident art historian and administrator for OCAD University’s Florence Off-Campus Studies program.

Porcal lived and worked in Florence and was an instrumental contributor to the OCAD U Florence Campus experience for hundreds of students, alumni and faculty members over the past twenty years. A passionate art historian and professor of Renaissance art, he also coordinated field trips, managed the studio and even assisted students and faculty with their relocation to the city.

Date: Tuesday, January 6, 2015
Time: 5:30-7:30 p.m., remarks at 5:45 p.m.
Location: 100 McCaul St., Room 187 (Lambert Lounge)

Please also join us in The Great Hall on the same evening for the opening of Lo Studio Divino: 40 Year's of OCAD University's Florence Program, featuring the work of the class of 2013/14.

Venue & Address: 
100 McCaul Street Room 187, Lambert Lounge
Email: 
tbuchanan@ocadu.ca
Phone: 
416-977-6000 x 330
Cost: 
free

Lo Studio Divino

Monday, January 5, 2015 - 5:00am to Monday, January 12, 2015 - 5:00am

Celebrating 40 years of OCAD University's Florence Program, showcasing the work of the class of 2013/2014
Opening Reception: Tuesday January 6, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. in The Great Hall

Lo Studio Divino unveils the work produced by the 2013/14 graduates from OCAD University's Florence Program.

While approaches to art making drastically differ, they are joined by their beginnings- in a studio in the heart of a sacred and crumbling city. This shared experience follows a forty year trajectory of OCAD University's presence in Florence, Italy, which Lo Studio Divino aims to celebrate.

Since 1974, an annual group of OCAD U art students travel to Florence to study Italian art history and work in a communal studio set amidst a landscape of Renaissance architecture and Tuscan hillside.

It cannot be helped, Florence's impact is persistent.

Traces of her influence may be found here in the works of 2013/14 Florence Program class. Lo Studio Divino is a showcase of creative achievement; it is also a celebration of a cherished city and a special link across borders. If one looks carefully enough, the Ochre hues of Florence or the opaque Venice waters appear; and if lucky, one may hear the lasting tune of cathedral bells and street sounds.

Curated by Sara England, Keight Maclean and Sophie Paas-Lang

Featuring work by: Meaghan Barry, Jessica-Anna Crupi, Sara England, Gabby Frank, Abbey Gagnon, Amy He, Tuesday Heenan, Maxwell Hyett, Nadia Kuzmicz, Keight Maclean, Liam M. Marshall, Erin Milks, Allison Morris, Sophie Paas-Lang, Samantha Robbie-Higgins, Erin Shadoff, Liana Tarantini, Leila Tisdall, Scott Thatcher, Nick Vo, Alexandra Votsis

Venue & Address: 
100 McCaul St. The Great Hall, 2nd Floor
Email: 
tbuchanan@ocadu.ca
Phone: 
416-977-6000 x 330
Cost: 
Free
Illustrations of Michaelangelo's David, a cup of coffee, a domed cathedral and a man in a scarf

FURNITURE

Thursday, September 25, 2014 - 4:00am to Sunday, November 2, 2014 - 4:00am

Exhibition Reception & Sculpture Unveiling: Thursday, September 25th at 7:00 pm

Artists Talk: Tuesday, October 7th at 12:00 pm

Featuring new and recent work by Toronto sculptor Gord Peteran

This exhibition includes objects made from brass, wood, and found objects as well as graphite drawings on paper. Through his art, Peteran strives to reveal furniture’s role as a multi-faceted body prosthetic, both physically and conceptually. Peteran’s latest works are driven by the notion that “objects of the home reveal our deepest struggles.”

Peteran’s largest and most recent sculpture in brass, Artifact of Invention, is the 38th outdoor installation in the sculpture park, commissioned by MSAC with support from the Florence Partridge Fund and from the Canada Council for the Arts Acquisition Assistance Program.

Venue & Address: 
Macdonald Stewart Art Centre 358 Gordon Street Guelph, Ontario
Cost: 
Free

IMAGINE STUDYING IN FLORENCE, ITALY

Student artwork from the 2012/2013 Florence Program cohort. Photo by Martin Iskandar.
Student artwork from the 2012/2013 Florence Program cohort. Photo by Martin Iskandar.

Are you ready for an adventure in art history, and a unique studio-based challenge on location in the heart of the Italian Renaissance? The deadline for applications for OCAD U's 2014/2015 Florence Off-Campus Studies Program is January 17.

If you’re one of the 27 students selected to study in the Florence Program in 2014/2015, you’ll spend eight months immersed in Italian culture, surrounded by architectural and artistic treasures from the Italian Renaissance. You’ll learn art history on site in Florence and Rome with renowned art historian Peter Porcal. And you’ll develop your own work in a communal studio setting.

“It’s an experiential way to learn,” said Caroline Langill, Associate Dean, Faculty of Art. “Seeing the work in situ is always superior to a reproduction. Everything has meaning in an artwork when you see it in person.”

The Florence Program is based on more of an open, independent study model than most of the curriculum on campus at OCAD U. Langill describes it as more of a residency program  — something undergraduate students don’t normally have access to. If you go to Florence for your third year of study, it can also help set you up for your thesis. 

“If you haven’t been to Europe and you’re studying art, there’s nothing like it,” said Langill. While she noted experiencing the Renaissance first hand provides a western view of art, it is an important part of art history, and “going to a location like this can give you a critical perspective.”

You will have to pay for the program and your expenses — this is not a funded program — but as Langill points out, it’s not necessarily more expensive in Florence than in Toronto. 

If you apply, your portfolio will be evaluated by two faculty advisors. Applicants with a 70 average and a strong portfolio are all equally competitive.

Learn more

Florence Program overview and eligibility requirements 

Florence Program application form

Florence Program projected expenses

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