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UTSC students honoured for their contributions to the arts

Sean Lee, pictured here, was one of two UTSC students honoured for their contributions to the arts at U of T.

Two graduating U of T Scarborough students have been recognized for their dedication and contributions to the University’s art community.

Sean Lee and Denais Peluch were honoured at the award ceremony for the Shelley Peterson Art Exhibition at the U of T Art Centre, which celebrates the work of student artists in undergraduate visual studies programs from all three U of T campuses.

Lee is a visual artist and long-time volunteer in the arts, having participated in arts events such as Nuit Blanche and TIFF. Lee was the recipient of a Peterson Award of Excellence, as part of the juried exhibition.

“I’ve been involved with ARTSIDEOUT for many years, as financial director and then as social media director. I’m also a practising artist, and just finished my degree in Arts Management with a focus on curation and marketing,” he says.

The arts, he says, are his way of “giving it back” to the UTSC community and the city at large.

Lee is graduating with a B.A. in Arts Management, and minored in Studio Arts and English. He was born in Canada, but went to high school in Boston and is actually a second-generation UTSC student. His parents, Dewie Tam and Peter Lee, met and fell in love at UTSC in the 1980s.

Denais Peluch, 23, received an award for student involvement and engagement with the arts on campus. She began as a volunteer for Artside Out, and eventually worked her way up to being the festival’s General Manager. Peluch also helped found the Arts, Culture and Media Student Association and is graduating this year with a specialist in Arts Management and a major in Theatre and Performance Studies.

Peluch, who will be doing an arts management internship at Roy Thompson Hall this summer, says that although the student arts community at UTSC seems small the community is present all over the campus.

“We’re small, but mighty,” she adds.

Studio and Fine Art Professor Yael Brotman, who was present at the ceremony, says the arts programs at UTSC are strong and vibrant. A practising artist herself, Brotman attests to the high level of the program, students achievement and sense of community.

“All of our arts faculty on campus are professional artists, the jurors are always well-known and recognized artists, and the U of T Art Centre is a very prestigious venue, where I have exhibited myself,” she says.


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