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D R A W I N G  2018

Exhibition Dates: February 6 to March 2, 2018

Opening Reception: Thursday February 8, 6 to 8 p.m.


JURORS:  Annie Wong and Shantel Miller;   PARTICIPATING ARTISTS:   John Abrams, Cath Adele, Morella Aguirre, Angelika Aitken, Aisha Ali, Sarah Arasteh, Asma Sultana, Susan Beaver, Maggie Broda, Linda Chen, Eunah  Cho, Ruth Comfort, Gabriele  Craig, Andrew Cripps, Anne Crisell, Sylvie  Daignault, Elizabeth Forrest, Janny Fraser, Phyllis Gordon, Jessica Hein, Steve Khan, Hern M Leighton, Sue Lloyd, Ian Mackenzie, Carole Milon, Kacy Min, Robin Nyikos, Leena Raudvee, Amy Rogers, Gretchen Sankey, Roger Schmidt, Cortney Stephenson, Diane Sullivan, Connie van Rijn and John Whyte.


Annie Wong is a multidisciplinary artist and writer. Wong uses various platforms of participation and social engagement to explore the intersections of the poetic and political in everyday life. Wong has been presented by The Art Gallery of Ontario, Nuit Blanche (Toronto), Intersite: Visual Arts Festival (Calgary), Third Space (Saint John), and The Modern Literature and Culture Research Centre. Her writing has appeared in Performance Research Journal, MICE Magazine, The Shanghai Literary Review, and The Minnesota Review. She holds a BA in English Literature and a MA in Communication and Culture from York University.

In 2013, Shantel Miller received a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) from the Ontario College of Art and Design (OCADU), majoring in Drawing and Painting. She primarily works with oil, but is also well versed in other media including watercolour, ink, and pastel. Shantel currently works from her studio located in Toronto, Ontario. As a recent recipient of two project grants (CUE and ARTSIDEOUT), Miller is recognized for her attention to light and color, as well as her ability to offer counter-narrative representations of black bodies.


Annie Wong:

I am thankful for the opportunity to have juried the Aird’s 2018 drawing show with artist Shantal Miller, and the guidance of Carla Garnet. Reviewing over 85 submissions, the process was difficult but enriching as we chose to present a diverse selection of work demonstrating varying technical skills and complex themes. Ranging from the poetic to the political, photorealism to abstraction, this exhibition celebrates the breadth and dynamism of expressive mark making. We were delighted to discover connected themes that organically formed as well as works that stood out and spoke on its own. Each work is a unique engagement with the medium while at the same time indicative of the collective impulse to challenge, question, or push the parameters of drawing, an impulse that underscore this show. Congratulations to the select artists.

Shantal Miller:

Congratulations to the selected artists for The John B. Aird DRAWING 2018 Exhibition! I am very pleased to have been invited by the Aird’s Director, Carla Garnet to jury the Drawing Exhibition for 2018 alongside Toronto-based multidisciplinary artist, Annie Wong. The selection process was very thorough, with a final decision to include artists who displayed sensitivity to materials in their craft. A consistent theme we identified in our selection emphasized personal narrative as a departure point for conceptual focus; mobilizing memories of places, people, animals and lived experiences through a variety of techniques. Other artists demonstrated proficiency in elements and principles of design through repetition of form, expressive line and variation in colour palette to convey emotional tonality of subject matter. Each work selected offered innovative approaches to drawing that both challenged and renewed traditional modes of mark making. We hope you enjoy the show!


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The John B. Aird Gallery is a non-profit charitable organization that promotes contemporary artists and artworks through exhibitions and educational programs.

As the gallery enters a new phase in its life, support is needed to help fund new exhibitions that engage with themes that are socially relevant, thought provoking, inspiring, and representational of the current art scene in Canada. The gallery is open to the public and entry is free of charge. Your support is essential. To donate to the Aird Gallery click here. Donors of $20 or more will receive a tax receipt issued by Canada Helps.

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