Art Events to Feature Fine Art Profs, Students

October 21, 2009 - Campus Bulletin

Two professors and three recent graduates from U of G's School of Fine Art and Music (SOFAM) will be featured in upcoming art events in Toronto and Montreal.

Prof. Monica Tap, a well-known painter, will be interviewed in front of a live audience this weekend at the Toronto International Art Fair. The interview will be conducted by Robert Enright, a U of G University research professor in art criticism and one of Canada's best-known cultural journalists. He is editor-at-large of Border Crossings magazine.

Tap's paintings have been exhibited extensively across Canada and internationally since 1990 and are included in numerous public and private collections, including those of the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, the Edmonton Art Gallery, the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, the Macdonald Stewart Art Centre and the University of Toronto.

On Nov. 11, three U of G SOFAM graduates will be featured in a show at Montreal’s Galerie Simon Blais, one of the city's most prestigious galleries. The exhibition is called "The Phoenix Art: The Renewed Life of Contemporary Painting" and is curated by Enright.

The exhibition focuses on the ability of painting to continually reinvent itself in contemporary art. It features the work of 10 of Canada's best young painters, from Vancouver, Winnipeg, Ottawa, Toronto and Montreal. SOFAM graduates Melanie Authier (MFA 2006), Martin Golland (MFA 2006) and Beth Stuart (MFA 2009) are among the ten artists chosen by Enright for the show.

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