Ignition: Grads burst forward 

MFA Studio Arts students burn brightly in the Leonard and Bina Ellen Art Gallery

<em>scrap city is now serving frybread paninis</em> by Niki Mulder Magnifying glass

scrap city is now serving frybread paninis by Niki Mulder

“For any Congress-goers interested in exploring beyond the borders of the conference, Ignition adds a whole new dimension to the experience,” says Marina Polosa, the Leonard and Bina Ellen Art Gallery’s Education and Public Programs Coordinator.

Showcasing some of the finest artwork in Concordia and Montreal, this annual exhibition features new work by Concordia students completing their master’s of fine arts degree in the studio arts program.

Now in its sixth year, the latest edition of Ignition will give delegates an in-depth look at some of the finest graduate-level creations of one of Canada’s most inventive fine arts faculties.

<em>forage</em> by Marigold Santos Magnifying glass

forage by Marigold Santos

“It’s always a surprise,” says Polosa. “This year, the practices represented include photography, sculpture, video, installation… It’s a really wonderful reflection of what’s happening at the university and Montreal.”

Each year, the gallery’s director Michèle Thériault invites an external curator to select the works for the exhibition based on strength of the project. This year, Thériault worked with Montreal-based writer and independent curator Rebecca Duclos who chose seven artists from a pool of nearly 50 submissions.

(foreground) <em>scrap city</em> by Niki Mulder; (on wall at left) <em>further north</em> by Tara Nicholson Magnifying glass

(foreground) scrap city by Niki Mulder; (on wall at left) further north by Tara Nicholson

This year’s decision to hold it in May and June (past editions have been held in December and January) was made so the show could coincide with other year-end student shows. But, it’s “a happy coincidence,” says Polosa, as it presents a unique opportunity for visitors.

On now until June 12, the exhibition is free and open to the public. The gallery is wheelchair accessible and open every day of Congress from 11:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. For more information about Ignition and the artists, visit the gallery website.


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