Arts Grads, School Make Headlines

December 19, 2008 - In the News

U of G's School of Fine Art and Music (SOFAM) is featured prominently in this month's issue of Canadian Art, one of the country's leading visual arts magazines. The special issue is devoted to Canada's art schools.

A feature story on the "Top 10 Canadian Grads" includes two recent SOFAM graduates, Victoria Cheung and John Eisler. Examples of their work are also included in an online supplement.

For the past five years, language has been the primary medium and subject matter for Cheung, a Guelph-based artist. Using language, she produces art that can ask questions, tell stories, organize, criticize and confuse. She recently had an exhibit at Art Metropole in Toronto.

An abstract painter, Eisler studied painting at the Alberta College of Art and Design before coming to U of G. He has exhibited regularly since 1997, including at Guelph's Macdonald Stewart Art Centre.

In addition, work by Kristan Horton, a 2007 MFA graduate, is also highlighted in the magazine's "Artist Project" feature. Horton's work is inspired by popular culture, particularly film. His art has been shown all around the world, including at galleries in Paris, Tokyo and Hilsinki. He also attended the Ontario College of Art and Design.

In addition, the magazine features includes an article written by Prof. John Kissick, SOFAM director, about the challenges and issues being faced by art schools. Kissick is also a well-known painter and writer.

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