Cognizance: Guelph MFA 2019-2020 | College of Arts

Cognizance: Guelph MFA 2019-2020

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Birch Contemporary, 129 Tecumseth Street, Toronto, ON  M6J 2H2

Phone: 416-365-3003


Cognizance is an exhibition showcasing the talents of current candidates of the University of Guelph MFA program. Ranked as one of the best MFA programs in the country, the University of Guelph has produced a number of the most successful emerging artists working in Canada today. Current and former graduates of the program are now represented all over Canada, as well as the United States and Europe. They have also had notable award success, being included as finalists, and winners, in the RBC painting prize, Scotiabank Photography award, BMO Art award, and the Sobey Art award. Moreover, their works are held in a number of high profile public and private collections.  Birch Contemporary is delighted to be able to present these artists in their first collective group show in Toronto.

COGNIZANCE : Basil Alzeri, Aidan Cowling, Sarah Davidson, Azadeh Elmizadeh, Cassandra Ferguson, Jackson Kile, Deirdre McAdams, Alexine McLeod, Jose Mora, Emily Moriarty, Ben Mosher, Caroline Mousseau, Laurence Pilon, Xiao Xue.

Curated by Ross Lalani-Jennings, Ross holds an MA in Art History from the University of Guelph (2019), as well as an MA in Culture Criticism and Curation, from Central Saint Martins College of Art (2014). 

Opening Reception: June 8 at 3:00pm to 5:00pm.

All are welcome!


The University of Guelph resides on the land of the Between the Lakes Treaty No. 3, the territory of the Mississaugas of the Credit. This land is part of the Dish with One Spoon, a covenant between Indigenous nations to live peaceably on the territories of the Great Lakes region. We recognize that today this gathering place is home to many First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples and acknowledging them reminds us of our collective responsibility to the land where we learn, live and work.