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Art commission wants your input on new public installation


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.

To symbolize this transformation and to emphasize UTSC’s ongoing commitment to contemporary art, a major piece of original public art will be installed in the atrium of the new building. In April 2010, UTSC posted an International Call to Artists for Expressions of Interest in developing this $175,000 public art installation.  

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 ninety-two submissions, and has narrowed these down to a shortlist of three. Now, the committee needs your help in selecting a winner.

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

All members of the UTSC community, including the general public, are invited to view these proposals at the DMG and contribute their comments/suggestions. These comments will be seriously considered by the selection committee when making their final decision. Staff, students and faculty – especially those who will inhabit the new facility – are encouraged to share their views on this important piece of art, which is destined to become an integral part of their daily experience on campus.

The name(s) of the winning artist(s) will be made public on December 16th, 2010. The official opening of the Instructional Centre will take place in September, 2011.

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