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UTSC gallery wins Best Exhibit award

The Doris McCarthy Gallery received the Exhibition of the Year (Budget over $50,000) from the Ontario Association of Arts Galleries.

The Doris McCarthy Gallery’s Flesh of the World exhibit, inspired by the 2015 Pan and Para Pan American Games, has received an Exhibition of the Year Award from the Ontario Association of Art Galleries.

“We are thrilled to receive the award,” says Gallery Director/Curator and Associate Professor, Teaching Stream, Ann MacDonald. “This recognition is meaningful; art galleries across Ontario are doing incredible work.” 

An Ontario Association of Art Galleries (OAAG) jury declared the Flesh of the World exhibit the 2016 Exhibition of the Year, (Budget over $50,000). The exhibit was described as having a unique and strong curatorial perspective that made for an innovative and thoughtful exhibition.

The exhibition’s content spoke to degrees of ability and the presentation stimulated conversations about accessibility. Gallery staff designed the production to increase access for visitors by including both large and Braille text; audio guides; touchable artworks, and American Sign Language.

“Curator Amanda Cachia responded to the XVII Pan and Para Pan American Games with a thesis that considered embodied experience as our primary means of engaging with the world,” explains MacDonald. “She presented works by artists who use the body as medium. With candor and often with humor, the artists explored a myriad of ways that our variable bodies can inspire and create new forms of knowledge.”

From June to October, 2015, Flesh of the World visitors were treated to a multi-sensory experience of film; video installation; sculptures; photographs; drawings; paintings and performances. The Doris McCarthy Gallery acted as lead partner, in a co-presentation across the three campuses with its remarkable collaborators, the Justina M. Barnicke Gallery and the University of Toronto Art Centre.

In a category competition with eight other galleries, staff received a certificate at an annual ceremony November 17 at the Gladstone Hotel. Established in 2004, the Gallery was honored with a 2011 OAAG Design award for the catalogue accompanying the exhibition, Peter Smith: You May Find Yourself


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