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UTSC announces shortlist for major new artwork on campus

November 19, 2010

UTSC’s largest sin­gle com­mis­sion of pub­lic art in cam­pus his­to­ry

TORONTO, ON – The Uni­ver­si­ty of Toron­to Scar­bor­ough (UTSC) has announced its short­list for a major new piece of orig­i­nal pub­lic art. An unprece­dent­ed amount of fund­ing has been put in place for this con­tem­po­rary piece set to be installed in the new Instruc­tion­al Cen­tre on cam­pus.

The short­list­ed artist/collaborators are:
Chris­t­ian Giroux and Daniel Young (Guelph and Toron­to)
Col­in Grif­fiths and Anto­nia Hirsch (Van­cou­ver and Berlin)
Ed Pien (Toron­to).

The short­list­ed pro­pos­als will be dis­played for pub­lic view­ing in the Doris McCarthy Gallery (DMG) at UTSC from Decem­ber 1 to 3, 2010 (from noon to 8 pm on Dec 1, and from 10 am to 4 pm on Dec 2 and 3).

In April 2010, UTSC post­ed an Inter­na­tion­al Call to artists for Expres­sions of Inter­est in devel­op­ing this $175,000 pub­lic art instal­la­tion. The com­pe­ti­tion helps sym­bol­ize the cam­pus trans­for­ma­tion and empha­size the university’s ongo­ing com­mit­ment to con­tem­po­rary art. This is the first cam­pus pub­lic art com­mis­sion as well as the largest bud­get ever allot­ted for a work of art.

The selec­tion com­mit­tee — Bill Bowen (Chair of Human­i­ties, UTSC), Annie Onyi Che­ung (Artist and UTSC Alum­na), Mar­la Hla­dy (Artist and UTSC Visu­al and Per­form­ing Arts Fac­ul­ty Mem­ber), Ann Mac­Don­ald (Doris McCarthy Gallery Director/Curator) and John Bent­ley Mays (Writer on Con­tem­po­rary Archi­tec­ture and Art) — received a total of 92 sub­mis­sions.

The name(s) of the win­ning artist(s) will be made pub­lic on Decem­ber 16th, 2010.

UTSC’s new Instruc­tion­al Cen­tre, designed by Dia­mond and Schmitt Archi­tects Inc. and sched­uled for com­ple­tion in March, 2011, will mark an excit­ing new phase of cam­pus expan­sion and a bold addi­tion to the ros­ter of inter­na­tion­al­ly cel­e­brat­ed archi­tec­ture already on cam­pus. The facil­i­ty will help UTSC emerge as a vital hub for cul­tur­al and intel­lec­tu­al activ­i­ty in the east­ern Greater Toron­to Area.

The offi­cial open­ing will take place in Sep­tem­ber, 2011.


For more infor­ma­tion, please con­tact:

Karen Ho
Media and Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Assis­tant