July 7, 2016
2016-17 Open Studio Residency Recipients
Open Studio Announces 2016-17 Residency Recipients
Open Studio, Canada’s leading printmaking centre, is pleased to announce the 2016-17 Open Studio residency recipients. These residencies 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 residency 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 2016-17 recipients are:
- Joshua Brien, recipient of the Don Phillips Scholarship Residency
- Pudy Tong, recipient of the Nick Novak Fellowship Residency
- Liz Menard, recipient of the Hexagon Special Projects Fellowship Residency
- Carrie Perreault, recipient of the Jeannie Thib Mentorship Residency
- E.J. (Ted) Howorth, recipient of the RCA/Open Studio Fellowship Residency
The Don Phillips Scholarship Residency 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. Joshua Brien is an artist from Calgary, Alberta who enjoys watching baseball and spending time with his houseplants over a beer. He hopes his art feels like sunlight drifting to skin surface or water gently misting foliage, pointing towards soft sensations and gentle realities. Through narratives from an alternate world, Brien plays with what he accepts as real and what lies beyond that reality. In this world, meaning is destabilized, shifting and altering and resisting clarity. It resists a fixed state, allowing relationships and roles to change between works, as a way to move past the illusion that objects and images carry inherent meaning. This world acts as a mirror, reflecting our reality in a distorted image with the goal of gaining a better understanding of reality and the meanings it contains.
The Nick Novak Fellowship Residency 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. Pudy Tong’s practice draws on elements from journalism as the subject through which our experience of contemporary, media-saturated society is refracted, re-interpreted and re-imagined. He translates particular pieces of journalistic text and image into other media, be it traditional prints, drawings or digitally generated images; this de-contextualization nudges their original meanings towards something more metaphorical, revealing or absurd. The newspaper provides a fertile source of inspiration and discovery due to its peculiar ephemerality of material and content, timely distilled snapshots of the world that, more often than not, leave a mark on our collective consciousness. Tong will use the Nick Novak Fellowship to take a literal interpretation of newsprint as skin, experimenting with ways to tattoo paper, with methods to incorporate cosmetic pigments and products into the printing process, and with processes to manipulate paper in a way that simulates epidermal flaking, scarring and aging. Tong first joined Open Studio in 2010 as a renter, eventually becoming an instructor and custom printer. He can often be found rolling away at the Griffin lithography press in the far corner of the studio. Pudy Tong’s practice draws on elements from journalism as the subject through which our experience of contemporary, media
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 2016, with an exhibition of the outcomes of their time at Open Studio scheduled for January 2018.
Through the support of an anonymous donor, the Hexagon Special Projects Fellowship Residency 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. Liz Menard is a printmaker, book artist and arts educator. Menard grew up exploring the forests, streams and fields in Agincourt and near her cottage in the Kawartha Lakes. Canoe trips into Algonquin Park helped nurture her love and respect for these ecologies and the plants and animals that struggle to survive. Menard’s work addresses our relationship to nature and how it shapes our sense of place and sense of self, reflecting us as a society and as individuals. Human development has created loss of connectivity, fragmented ecologies and marginalized habitat, threatening our environment. There is much to lose. Menard is cautiously optimistic, as nature has proven resilient. Resiliency is essential for recovery from trauma; trauma results in loss of connection, fragmentation and marginalization. Recovery involves many factors, but connection to nature is vital. Recent exhibitions include River’s Nature, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Department, University of Toronto; SHIFT: Environmentally Responsible Print Practices, McMaster University; and The National Printmaking Exhibition, Edinboro University, Pennsylvania. Menard has participated in national and international residencies. Her work is held in public and private collections. She was Open Studio’s 2012 Nick Novak Fellow. Menard will explore connections between nature and resiliency during the Hexagon Special Projects Fellowship.
Through the generous support of artist Jeannie Thib’s (1955-2013) family, friends and colleagues, the Jeannie Thib Mentorship Residency provides two months of studio time, 20 hours of mentoring and a materials budget, awarded annually to an artist in the early stages of their professional career, who has demonstrated an ongoing commitment to their practice. Carrie Perreault is an emerging artist whose multidisciplinary practice includes video, objects, prints, performance and audio works. She holds a BA in Fine Arts from Brock University, St.Catharines (2012). Her artworks have recently been exhibited in Community Voices, Contemporary Craft Institution, Pittsburgh (2015); Strange Beauty, Tangled Arts + Disability Festival, Toronto (2015); and Little Tremors, Treasure Hill Artist Village, Taipei (2014). During the Jeannie Thib Mentorship Residency, Perreault will merge various printing techniques on unconventional materials such as drywall, brick, and found objects. The work will provide space for her to think about things we don’t know how to talk about, such as – trauma, loss, and sickness. In some ways these considerations will be about remembering, but they will also be an attempt to separate the personal from the collective. While working with multiple processes, she anticipates expending great amounts of effort with only minimal results.
The RCA/Open Studio Fellowship is a collaboration between the Royal Canadian Academy of the Arts (RCA) and Open Studio. Open to all active RCA members regardless of their proficiency in print, this fellowship provides the opportunity for the recipient to create an edition of fine art prints facilitated by a skilled Open Studio printer. Ted Howorth’s passion has been printmaking throughout his artistic career. He received his BFA from the University of Manitoba, apprenticed under Wilfredo Arcay of Atelier Arcay in Paris, and received an MFA from the University of North Dakota. In 1995 he was appointed to the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts. Howorth has exhibited in international juried print biennales in Norway, Korea, Yugoslavia, Germany, Macedonia, the Netherlands and Canada. His work has been shown at the Winnipeg Art Gallery; the National Gallery of Canada; the Musee d’Art Contemporain in Montreal and the Canadian Cultural Center in Paris. He helped introduce water-based screenprinting to Drukwerkstatt/BBK studio in Berlin, Germany. He participated in Artists from Finland and Abroad, Gallery Villa Jankovsky, Kajaani, Finland and In Plain Sight: Printmaking from the Canadian Prairies, Marostica and Venice, Italy. His project for the RCA/Open Studio Fellowship, Icons of the Prairies, examines the vastness of prairie landscape and diminutive evidence of humans, engaging the viewer emotionally in experiences and nostalgia evoked by the prairies. Built structures stand out as icons to the solitude of life within this environment. The prairies are both microscopic and macroscopic in nature. Working at Open Studio and with collaborative printers will strengthen technical and aesthetic aspects of this project’s examination of humanity’s relationship to the prairies.
The next deadline for submissions for these residencies is May 1, 2017.
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, the many donors to the Jeannie Thib Memorial Fund, and the partnership of the RCA.