Scholarship & Fellowship Residency Recipients 2021-22

Cleopatria Peterson Karen Kar Yen Law K. MacNeil Samsam Elmi Francisco-Fernando Granados Meggan Winsley
Image L: Cleopatria Peterson. Image R: Envelope, letterpress on kraft cardstock, 7.75" x 4”. Coupons, screenprint on 80lb cardstock, series of 4, 5" x 2”.

Cleopatria Peterson

Black, Indigenous, People(s) of Colour Artist Residency Recipient

Cleopatria Peterson is an award-winning black non-binary trans multi-disciplinary artist. They are an illustrator, author, facilitator and the co-founder of Old Growth Press. The themes of their work explore their own identity and narratives that are both personal and fantastical. They love printmaking through screen printing, letterpress and linocut. They are interested in using these skills to create objects that can be easily disseminated and hope to expand on their thesis from OCAD. Through this residency, they will create work and print ephemera that will work to empower black, queer and/or trans folks.

Image R: Envelope, letterpress on kraft cardstock, 7.75″ x 4”. Coupons, screenprint on 80lb cardstock, series of 4, 5″ x 2”. About the artwork: this was a mailer designed by Trans for Trans, playing on the term T4T. It features a variety of coupons that parodied corporations by including important resources that not only transgender but BIPOC, queer, and disabled folks need. The coupons are funny but also work to address the inaccessibility of things such as hormone replacement therapy and top surgery. The coupons imagine a world where you can go to the mall and get things that are necessary for people to live and survive. The use of parody allows an access point to something that is actually a very harsh reality for many trans people.

Image L: Karen Kar Yen Law. Image R: Peachtree Plaza, 2019, monoprint, oil paint, and embroidery on canvas, 3' x 20'.

Karen Kar Yen Law

Emerging Printmaker Scholarship Residency Recipient
(formerly: Don Phillips Scholarship)

Karen Kar Yen Law (she/her) is a first-generation Cantonese Chinese-Canadian who lives and practices in Tkaronto. Law is a recent graduate from Queen’s University with a BFA (Honours) and BEd. Her practice blends printmaking and painting techniques to produce an artistic approach that is intuitive and reactive. Through the language of multiples, gradients, masking, and mark-making, Law reproduces cultural iconography to imagine and explore her relationship to the Chinese diaspora and to Canadian culture. Law uses her practice to design a lexicon that describes encounters with multiculturalism, assimilation, whiteness, and racism in Canada.

Image L: K. MacNeil. Image R: Vicious Cycle, 2018, performance still (detail).

K. MacNeil

Hexagon Mid-Career Artist Member Residency Recipient
(formerly: Hexagon Special Projects Fellowship Residency)

K. MacNeil (they/them) is a genderqueer/trans artist who was born and raised in the US, currently living in St. Catharines. They completed their BA in Studio Art from the College of Charleston (2011), and an MFA in Studio Art from the University of Buffalo (2018).

MacNeil maintains an interdisciplinary practice that encompasses print media, video, performance, and drawing. Their work explores experiences of trauma, grief, and mental distress and the various ways these topics are obscured in Western culture. During their residency, MacNeil will be producing a series of etchings that examine and critique the spaces of institutionalized healthcare.

Image L: Samsam Elmi. Image R: Surface II, 2016, intaglio, Chine-collé on rag paper, 9.5” by 13.75”.

Samsam Elmi

Jeannie Thib Emerging Artist Member Residency Recipient
(formerly: Jeannie Thib Mentorship Residency)

Samsam Elmi is a Toronto-based artist, who holds an honours BFA in Visual Art from York University. Mainly utilizing the intaglio and screenprinting processes, she focuses on the exploration of mark-making juxtaposed with representational imagery. She begins with a phrase or sentiment that organically evolves, highlighting words with double meanings or following cyclical thought processes. Elmi documents and wants to accept each act as an irreversible process as it occurs. Through the exploration of mark-making, she hopes to showcase a visual representation of the inner mind that continues to shape her outlook as both a person and artist.

Image L: Francisco-Fernando Granados. Image R: letter, 2021, digital drawing.

Francisco-Fernando Granados

Nick Novak Mid-Career Printmaker Residency Recipient
(formerly: Nick Novak Fellowship Residency)

Francisco-Fernando Granados was born in Guatemala and lives in Toronto, traditional Anishnabeg and Haudenosaunee territory. He uses abstraction as a queer conceptual strategy to create multidisciplinary projects that range from installation and performance to drawing and bookmaking. This practice of minor abstraction has developed from the intersection of formal training in painting and printmaking, working through artist-run culture, studies in feminist theory, and early activism as a peer support worker with immigrant and refugee communities. Layering these experiences has trained his intuitions to seek site-responsive approaches, alternative forms of distribution, and the weaving of lyrical and critical propositions.

Image L: Meggan Winsley. Image R: Habitutation (detail), screenprint, 2018, 22” x 15".

Meggan Winsley

Atelier Circulaire Artist Member Exchange Recipient

Meggan Winsley is a Toronto-based artist. She received her BFA from York University in 2004 and the Art Fundamentals Certificate course from Sheridan College in 1999. She became a member of Open Studio in 2005 and began teaching shortly after. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally and held in both public and private collections. She is currently teaching screenprinting courses at Open Studio. In her work, Winsley uses masks and animal heads to explore therianthropy (the ability to metamorphose into other animals and other identities) and also delusion and confusion in regards to self-identity and persona.