‘They have navigated through unusual times, and as a group have created something beautiful’
Adversity can often inspire great art. It is certainly the case for this year’s graduating class in Cambrian College’s Design and Visual Arts program.
The program’s annual Grad Show features incredible works of art, and the circumstances of the past two years during the COVID-19 pandemic has helped shape the work on display.
“With two years of COVID-19 restrictions, our students have overcome many challenges in their experiences and have really persevered,” says Johanna Westby, a professor in Cambrian’s Design and Visual Arts program. “They have navigated through unusual times, and as a group have created something beautiful.”
Again this year, the annual Grad Show is being presented online. The full catalogue of work and artist bios are available online here.
Several students also earned awards for their work, including Kattie Moore of the Constance Lake First Nation, near Hearst. Kattie is this year’s recipient of the President’s Award and a Board of Governors Award
“My work is heavily influenced by lived experience, my cultural heritage, and a drive for social action using art to express my voice as a Cree woman living in a colonial world,” said Moore, in a press release.
This year’s Grad Show features young artists from across Ontario.
Award Winners: 2022 Cambrian College Design + Visual Arts Grad Show
- Emerging Artist: Angelina Jacques (Greater Sudbury)
- President’s Award: Kattie Moore (Constance Lake First Nation)
- Board of Governors Award: Kattie Moore
- Board of Governors Award: Ash Sokolowicz (Greater Sudbury)
- Board of Governors Award: Mars Petryna (Barrie)
- President’s Collection: Komal Zaidi (Greater Sudbury)
- Westby and Neufeld Collection Awards:
- Hannah Bellmore (Timmins), Lennan Lacasse (Espanola), Mariah Laferriere
- (Greater Sudbury), Ash Sokolowicz
- Erika Levac (Sturgeon Falls)
- Evan Lovell (Ravenna)
- Kaya Michauville (North Bay)
- Kayla Potvin