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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