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2014-15 Open Studio Scholarship & Fellowship Recipients

Open Studio Announces 2014-15 Scholarship & Fellowship Recipients

Open Studio, Canada’s leading printmaking centre, is pleased to announce the 2014-15 Open Studio Scholarship and Fellowship recipients. One scholarship and two fellowships have been awarded to artists of merit, selected by a jury of artists and arts professionals.

Open Studio’s programs support artists at various stages of their careers and are especially vital for young emerging artists. Writing about the incredible difference that a scholarship at Open Studio made for her as an artist, Heather Smith (2012-13 Don Phillips Scholar) states: “The first year after school is the real test for young artists, who find it difficult to continue creating when they no longer have deadlines to meet, but instead have less time, space, money and support, and more commitments competing with their art practice…The Don Phillips Scholarship was exactly the help I needed to ‘pass’ my first year as an artist out of school. I am confident now that I have the skills and work ethic I will need to continue a full art practice throughout my life.”

The artists selected for the 2014-15 Open Studio Scholarship and Fellowship recipients are:

  • Sonya Filman, recipient of the Don Phillips Scholarship
  • Nadine Bariteau, recipient of the Nick Novak Fellowship
  • Elizabeth D’Agostino, recipient of the Hexagon Special Projects Fellowship

The Don Phillips Scholarship is offered in memory of printmaker Don Phillips, who helped establish printmaking as a fine art practice in Canada, and is presented annually to a recent graduate who has just completed an undergraduate art program with a printmaking major at an accredited Canadian institution and who will not be returning to full-time studies. Sonya Filman is a multi-disciplinary emerging artist, living and working in Toronto. Through her practice, Filman analyzes authoritative and prescriptive modes of representation, such as instructional video, the family album, medical documentation, and written testimony. By combining appropriated imagery with her own drawings and photographs, Filman’s assemblages highlight and manipulate visual signifiers of delinquency, righteousness, health, and dysfunction. During her residency as the Don Phillips Scholar, Filman plans to expand her knowledge of print processes and to focus on developing presentation strategies that supplement the image content of her printed works.

The Nick Novak Fellowship is offered in memory of one of Open Studio’s most influential master printmakers and is awarded annually to an artist currently involved with the Studio as an Artist Member.  As a multidisciplinary artist, Nadine Bariteau’s practice is rooted in printmaking, sculpture, installation and video performance. Her works are studies of permanence and ephemerality in the interplay between human-made and natural environments. Her latest work consists of a series of short performances, one for each season, in response to a car accident that she survived. She continuously strives to employ the allegorical potential of landscapes, staging encounters within and against it. During her fellowship at Open Studio, Bariteau aims to create a body of work that illustrates time as a measure of healing. Exploring elements of nature such as the moon cycles and the ocean tides, she aims to create a series of large sculptural pieces produced through woodcut and screenprint techniques.

The Don Phillips Scholarship and Nick Novak Fellowship residencies each entitle the recipient to rent-free access to studio facilities for a period of one year; materials assistance; professional development opportunities; and tuition-free access to Open Studio workshops. In addition, each artist will mount an exhibition of the work created during their time at Open Studio and present an artist talk. Each recipient will commence their residency periods in September 2014, with an exhibition of the outcomes of their time at Open Studio scheduled for autumn 2015.

Through the support of an anonymous donor, the Hexagon Special Projects Fellowship provides an annual fellowship to support a mid-career or established Open Studio Artist Member through the provision of six consecutive months of studio time to create and complete a specific project. Elizabeth D’Agostino is a Toronto-based visual artist and educator. She holds an Honours BFA from the University of Windsor and an MFA from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, USA. D’Agostino’s recent work combines printmaking with sculpture creating installations that examine natural history forming a connection between imagination and reality. By examining scientific illustrations, hybrid forms are created from insects, birds, plant and animal references. Within these invented environments relationships in space and structure are re-purposed to create new narratives modified and influenced by their unique characteristics and surroundings. D’Agostino’s work has been exhibited internationally and she has participated in numerous residencies, most recently at Anchor Graphics, Columbia College in Chicago. Her prints can be found in many private and public collections including the University of Changchun Jilin, China, Pearson International Airport, Department of Foreign Affairs Canada, and Ernst and Young, Canada. Recent exhibitions include the Nature Collapse, Art Gallery of Algoma, Sault Ste. Marie (2012), Re: Arrange, Harbourfront Centre, Toronto (2012) and the Okanagan Print Triennial 2012, Kelowna Art Gallery. Recently, Elizabeth was awarded an Honourable Mention in the 2014 National Open Studio Printmaking Awards and was selected by the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada to create a carpet design for the Ontario Room in newly renovated Canada House in London, England. During the Hexagon Fellowship Elizabeth will create a new series of etchings combined with digital and screen print layered onto Gampi tissue. In addition, objects will be constructed from paper clay and printed Gampi creating a series of individual sculptures derived from her current research of the biodiversity collections at the Royal Ontario Museum. When completed, the prints and the print-based objects will create a catalogue of re-purposed elements of nature within an invented landscape.

The next deadline for submissions is May 1, 2015.

Open Studio gratefully acknowledges the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, which last year invested $157 million to bring the arts to Canadians throughout the country; the Ontario Arts Council, an agency of the Government of Ontario; the City of Toronto through the Toronto Arts Council; and the Ontario Trillium Foundation, an agency of the Government of Ontario. Open Studio also acknowledges the generous support of its members and numerous foundations, corporations and individuals. Open Studio would also like to thank our anonymous donor for the kind support of the Hexagon Special Projects Fellowship.

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