The Power Plant Emerging Artist Award goes to Francesca Chan!

F. Chan illustration
Thursday, November 15, 2018 - 7:00am

In the past two years, our partners at The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery have brought their thoughtful Power Kids workshops to the Fair and have enabled us to offer meaningful art experiences for the young art lovers of TOAF.  They are as committed as we are to nurturing and empowering emerging artists. The exciting roster of fresh voices at TOAF, inspired them to establish a new opportunity to advance their careers. 

RBC Curatorial Fellow Justine Kohleal and Curator of Education & Public Programs Josh Heuman dedicated time to judging the “Best of Student Award,” as well as the inaugural “The Power Plant Emerging Artist Award.” This new award is intended to support an emerging artist with continuing education in a unique three-part opportunity: a year-long membership to The Power Planta sizeable stack of publications and an exciting opportunity to propose three designs, one of which will become an official commission for a limited edition.

Kohleal and Heuman were pleased to select Francesca Chan as winner of The Power Plant Emerging Artist Award, writing:

"Working in illustration, Chan's work embraces the serene, the humourous and the melancholic. This is real life filtered through the artist's subjectivities."

About Francesca Chan

Francesca Chan is a visual designer from Vancouver and is currently residing in Toronto, Canada. She specializes in illustration, graphic design, and animation, and works with both traditional and digital media. Francesca picked up a love of printmaking from children’s books. Her colourful 2D images, which use flattened perspective and shapes with tonal texturing, tell stories about our interaction with nature in the past, present or future. Artists from the Bauhaus like László Moholy-Nagy, inspired her to combine graphic design with lithography and to adapt lithographic effects for the computer.

Very soon after the Toronto Outdoor Art Fair, Chan met with staff at The Power Plant to receive her membership and publications, as well as to discuss the parameters of the limited edition. By mid-November, the three proposed designs will be reviewed, one selected, and the final format of the limited edition will be determined and produced as soon as possible.

Mark your calendars so you can be one of the 100 to get Chan’s limited edition!

What is Francesca up to now?
"Currently, I am working with a company on illustration and packaging design. Within my role, I get to work with different mediums which I find very fun, and refreshing every day. Besides working as an illustrator during the weekday, I am also creating more artwork and products for my own online shop. I'm hoping to launch my shop in January, so stay tuned! I’m also very excited and honoured to be able to work with The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery. I have lots of creative and innovative ideas to come!"

To see more of Francesca's work check out her website and Instagram.

 

 

Toronto Outdoor Art Fair awards OCAD U artists

Group shot of Toronto Outdoor Art Fair winners by city hall
Monday, July 9, 2018

Students and alumni from OCADU’s Illustration and Sculpture & Installation programs were among award winners at the 2018 Toronto Outdoor Art Fair (TOAF) in Nathan Phillips Square in July. The three Illustration student winners were all recipients of the OCAD U TOAF Career Launcher opportunity, coordinated by the Centre for Emerging Artists and Designers (CEAD).

Best of Student Award
Kima Lenaghan* (Illustration 2018)
Judged by Joshua Heuman, Curator of Education and Public Programs at The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery
$1,000 Marie Collins Memorial Award and Artscape Award Includes: Residency at Artscape Gibraltar Point, exhibition at Artscape Youngplace and one year membership to Artscape Daniels Launchpad (Value $4,000)

Also:
Student Purchase Award
Judged by house of i.d.e.a.
Value of Artwork by house of i.d.e.a.

*TOAF Career Launcher recipient

Best of 3D Works
Michelle Cieloszczyk (Sculpture & Installation, 2018)
Judged by Lyn Carter, Professor of Sculpture, Art and Art History Program at Sheridan College
$2,000 by Greenrock Charitable Trust

Emerging Artist(s) by Emerging Curator Award
Claire Browne (Drawing & Painting, 2015)
Jenn Woodall* (Illustration, 2018)
Judged by Nathan Heuvingh, Director of Propeller Gallery
Exhibition at Propeller Gallery by Megan Deeks, Frances Patella, Charles Collins (Value $3000)

*TOAF Career Launcher recipient

The Power Plant Emerging Artist Award
Francesca Chan (Illustration, 2018)
Judged by Joshua Heuman, Curator of Education and Public Programs at The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery
Annual membership and publications by the Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery

*TOAF Career Launcher recipient

Honourable Mention Photography and Digital Media
Patrick Lajoie, OCAD U alumnus
Judged by MaryAnn Camilleri, Founder, The Magenta Foundation
$500 Gift Certificate by Akasha Art Projects

Best of Paper
Nicole Moss – (Drawing & Painting, 2015)
Judged by Clayton Windatt, Executive Director, Aboriginal Curatorial Collective
$500 Gift Certificate by The Japanese Paper Place

 

Poster: 
Joshua Heuman, Kima Lenaghan and Lindsey Dickie standing with plaque

OCAD U students and alumni shine at Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition

Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition
Tuesday, July 18, 2017 - 12:45pm

OCAD University students and alumni participated as exhibiting artists in the 2017 Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition (TOAE). Among them, eleven graduates were featured as part of the first annual TOAE Career Launcher initiative. Through the Centre For Emerging Artists & Designers’ Career Launchers program, recent graduates from OCAD U’s Illustration and Material Art & Design programs received complimentary booths and the opportunity to exhibit in the 56th year of this annual event. The exhibition is Canada's largest and longest running juried contemporary outdoor art fair.

OCAD University students and recipients of the Career Launcher initiative were also acknowledged for demonstrating excellence, originality, workmanship and innovation in their practice through the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition’s Awards program.

This year’s OCAD University community award winners included:

  • Cindy Lee (BDes, Illustration, 2017): Honourable Mention - Student: $500 Gift Certificate by Toronto School of Art
  • Dalbert Vilarino (BDes, Illustration, 2017): Honourable Mention - Student: $250 Gift Certificate & $350 Value Gift Bag by Above Ground Art Supplies
  • Andrew Watch & Kendra Yee (BDes, Illustration, 2017): Student Purchase Award - Value of Artwork by House of i.d.e.a
  • Andrew Watch, Kendra Yee, Dalbert Vilarino & Cristine Yunyk (BFA Candidate, Drawing & Painting): Emerging Artists by Emerging Curator Award - Exhibition at Propeller Gallery ($3,000 value)
  • Elizabete Ludviks: Best of Jewellery - $500 by Harry Enchin and Susan Friedrich

A complete list of winners is available on the TOAE website.

Poster: 
Left to right: Cristine Yunyk, Kendra Yee and Dalbert B. Vilarino