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Emma Nishimura wins Queen Sonja Print Award

Her Majesty The Queen presented the Queen Sonja Print Award 2018 to the Canadian artist Emma Nishimura.  

Emma is a printmaking instructor in the School of Fine Art and Music.

Creative Women at the End of the First World War

Monica Pearce wins the first jointly sponsored University of Guelph, School of Fine Art and Music - School of Languages and Literatures competition to encourage early-career Canadian women composers.

First Nations, Metis and Inuit Artists - Call for Proposals

The Department of Athletics at the University of Guelph is inviting Ontario-based First Nations, Metis and Inuit artists to submit a proposal for a permanent public art mural to be embedded in the newly renovated Gryphons Athletics Centre.   Proposal deadline is August 31, 2018.  For more information please visit

Dr Christina Smylitopoulos, Art Historian

Dr Christina Smylitopoulos, Art Historian in the School of Fine Art and Music, has won an Early Researcher Award from the Ontario Ministry of Research and Innovation. Christina's research project will position an art collection as a laboratory of visual competencies using the Bachinski/Chu Print Study Collection as the centrepiece of this exciting initiative.

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Guelph Young Artist Mentorship Project

The Guelph Young Artist Mentorship Project is seeking applications from student artists, musicians, aspiring museum professionals and others in the arts to participate in the Fall iteration of this excellent program. Sponsored by Guelph Arts Council, SOFAM and RBC, the program links individual students to professional artists, musicians, theatre practitioners, etc. in Guelph to help them imagine and plan their own post-graduate careers.

Guelph Graduate wins Don Phillips Scholarship - Open Studio

University of Guelph graduate Heather Thomson was recently awarded the Don Phillips Scholarship from Open Studio in Toronto. "This is a national competition and it is the first time over the last 20 years+ that I can remember a Guelph student being awarded scholarship", commented Allen Ash.

More information about Heather can be found on the Open Studio website

Apply Now!! Young Artists Mentorship Project

Recently graduated or fourth-year visual artists, musicians, singers, actors, creative writers - apply to participate in the Guelph Young Artists Mentorship Project, a locally-based program that pairs budding young creatives with established community artists to explore professional practice.  The Young Artists Mentorship Project is a joint effort of Guelph Arts Council and the School of Fine Art & Music, sponsored by an Ontario150 Young Artists Grant and by the RBC Young Artists program.  Follow this link for details: