ART MENTORSHIP PROJECT 2015
Join artists Césan d’Ornellas Levine and John Lowndes on Sunday, October 4, 2015 between 12:30 pm and 2:30 pm at the McMichael Canadian Art Collection for the official opening of Art Mentorship Project 2015. Formal remarks will be at 1:30 pm.
Césan and Lowndes have been working closely together under the Art Mentorship Project, an initiative of the York Region Arts Council (YRAC) and McMichael Canadian Art Collection. The program provides support to emerging artists and fosters professional development, production and exhibition under the guidance of local, established artists in a distinctly Canadian context.
About the Art Mentorship Project:
The Art Mentorship Project is designed to offer professional development to emerging local artists who have been practicing or exhibiting their work for less than five years, allowing them to fine-tune their skills through technical assistance, theoretical discussions, critiques, and exhibition preparation over a four-month period. The mentorship sessions will take place on the McMichael grounds throughout the summer and fall of 2015, culminating in an exhibition at the gallery later that year.
Césan d'Ornellas Levine to Mentor Emerging York Region Artist
Celebrated abstract expressionist painter, Césan d'Ornellas Levine—who has exhibited across Canada, the United States, Mexico, and throughout Europe—has signed on to take part in the Art Mentorship Project, an initiative launched in 2013 by the McMichael Canadian Art Collection and York Region Arts Council (YRAC).
Art Mentorship Project 2014 - Bonnie Devine and Kevin Yung
Saturday, May 30 – Wednesday, July 1, 2015
Location: McMichael Canadian Art Collection
Address: 10365 Islington Avenue, Vaughan, Ontario L0J 1C0 [MAP]
Saturday, May 30, 2015 | 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm Artists present with remarks.
Join artists Bonnie Devine and Kevin Yung on Saturday, May 30, 2015 between 2:00 and 4:00 pm to celebrate the opening reception of the 2014/15 Art Mentorship Project Exhibition at the McMichael Canadian Art Collection. The exhibition is open to the public Saturday, May 30 through Wednesday, July 1, 2015.
In the summer of 2014, Devine and Yung began working together under the Art Mentorship Project, an initiative of the York Region Arts Council and McMichael Canadian Art Collection. The program provides support to emerging artists and fosters professional development, production and exhibition under the guidance of local, established artists in a distinctly Canadian context.
For the project's second term, celebrated First Nation's artist, Bonnie Devine took on the role of mentor. Devine is a member of the Serpent River First Nation of Northern Ontario (Ojibwa/Anishinaabe). Her work is rooted in sculpture and site-specific installation, but also includes video, drawing and painting. Devine’s art is about stories – especially narratives, history, or legends of the land – and has been exhibited in Canada, the US and Europe. She is an associate professor at OCAD University in Toronto.
Devine mentored Markham resident and recent York University BFA graduate, Kevin Yung. Yung is a sculpture/installation artist who focuses on process-based explorations through mold-making, casting and printmaking. Conceptually, Yung’s most recent work explores cultural identity through an examination of personal language barriers.
“The Artist Mentorship Project experience has been immeasurable in my eyes,” said Yung. “I can't thank Bonnie, YRAC, and the McMichael gallery enough for making this possible for me. Bonnie has been extraordinarily patient with me and has really helped build my confidence in paving my own path in my artistic endeavors. She has helped me foster and explore my own ideas about my art. We're both really excited about the exhibition coming up, which is split into an indoor and outdoor project.
Both artists created long scrolls for the McMichael Founders’ Lounge which touches on language and how it shapes their heritage and identities. For the outdoor installation, Devine and Yung decided to push their respective explorations on language through the installation, reforming their understandings on language, making it their own.
Yung added: “I can't say enough, how much confidence Bonnie has instilled in me to continue pursuing an artistic career. I've learned, while under her guidance, there are no limits and I could just about do anything with the right passion. She's also taught me to not just have my head above the clouds, but how to actively pursue my passions. I am considering graduate studies in the future still, and beginning new collaborations with my peers, hopefully acquiring new knowledge and experiences.”
Left: Bonnie Devine, Toronto Braid: for the Mississaugas, Installation at the McMichael Canadian Art Collection, 2013; Right: Kevin Yung, Stay Away, Installation, 2013
Art Mentorship Project 2013 - David McEown and Ben Barak
In the summer of 2013, the McMichael Canadian Art Collection partnered with York Region Arts Council (YRAC) to launch a new Art Mentorship Project to provide support to emerging artists and foster professional development, production and exhibition under the guidance of local, established artists in a distinctly Canadian context.
For the project’s inaugural term, Canadian landscape painter and former Richmond Hill resident, David McEown, took on the role of mentor. McEown is a graduate of the Ontario College of Art and Design and has worked in the watercolour medium for the past 25 years. His paintings can be found in collections worldwide and represent some of the earth’s most beautiful and fragile ecosystems.
McEown mentored the program’s first successful applicant, recent Nipissing University BFA graduate, Ben Barak. Barak, who lives in Newmarket, is a figurative painter working in a variety of media, including painting, drawing and printmaking.
McEown and Barak spent several days working on-site at the McMichael, including their first meeting which was held in the historic Tom Thomson Shack. The pair also took a week-long trip to Algoma, hiking along the same stretch of railway track once travelled by the Group of Seven.
The exhibition consists of watercolours by both artists, as well as a selection of oil paintings and mixed media pieces by Barak. McEown’s work juxtaposes landscapes from the Humber River Valley with paintings of some of the world’s most remote ecosystems. Barak’s work, on the other hand, focuses on themes of searching and identity, executed using many of the techniques he practiced under McEown.