Stories of Contentment and Other Fables – Installation

January 19th, 2017

Some sneak peek images showing the early stages of the installation of Stories of Contentment and Other Fables at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery. The Thunder Bay Art Gallery‘s installation team is truly remarkable. They made it look easy, even when it wasn’t.

Stories of Contentment and Other Fables opens on January 13, 2017 and will run until March 26, 2017

I would like to take this opportunity to express my gratitude to the Ontario Arts Council for the Exhibition Assistance grant that I was awarded that assisted me in getting my drawings framed – forty-three drawings to be exact. Thank you!

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View of Things coming into being (wall) and The misperception of stillness (floor). Image courtesy of the Thunder Bay Art Gallery.

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View of It should come as no surprise... being installed. Image courtesy of the Thunder Bay Art Gallery.

Ontario Arts Council Grant – Visual Artists: Emerging

June 22nd, 2016

I am so pleased to have received a Visual Artists grant from Ontario Arts Council and to be recognized in the Emerging Artists category.

The grant will be used in support of a new body of work that I am developing for an upcoming solo exhibition at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery in early 2017.

Thank you Ontario Arts Council!

Here is a sneak peek of what I’ve been working on.

Drawing in progress

There will be approximately thirty drawings in this developing series and it will be shown as one large work

35th Bradley International Print and Drawing Exhibition

March 20th, 2015

My drawing Hushed Renewal has recently been accepted into the 35th Bradley International Print and Drawing Exhibition and has been awarded an Honourable Mention.

Hushed Renewal, 2014, Graphite on paper, 68” x 50”

The Bradley International Print and Drawing Exhibition is the second-longest running juried print and drawing competition in the United States. Every two years it features the best contemporary graphic artwork from around the globe. This year’s exhibition features 142 works of art by 108 international artists.  Juror Beth Grabowski is a Professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.    – Bradley International

The 35th Bradley International Exhibition runs March 7 to April 17, 2015 and is hosted in multiple venues connected to Bradley University in Peoria, IL.

I would again like to acknowledge the support of the Ontario Arts Council who supported the production of my drawing Hushed Renewal and the work in this series.

Drawing 2014 at John B. Aird Gallery – Update

February 9th, 2014

I am exceptionally excited to announce that I have won third prize in Drawing 2014 for my drawing Quiescence.

Quiescence, 2013, graphite on paper, 78" x 50"

Quiescence (detail), 2013

Drawing 2014 opened at Toronto’s John B. Aird Gallery on Thursday evening to a packed house. Over 150 people were in attendance to take in the Drawing 2014 awards ceremony and celebrate with the 27 artists who were accepted into this 15th Annual Juried Exhibition.

Five awards were announced and handed out at the opening. First Prize was awarded to Toronto artist Mary Kainer for her mixed media drawings, Frack I and Frack II. The Second Prize was awarded to Toronto artist Lumir Hladik for two works, a mixed media drawing entitled Vertical When Wet, and a mixed media drawing object entitled Avoid My Den. Third Prize went to Amanda Burk of North Bay for her large scale graphite on paper drawing Quiescence. Two Honorable Mentions were awarded in the form of gift certificates from Curry’s Art Supplies. Susan Avishai received an Honorable Mention for two works constructed of shirt fabric and wire entitled Gyre and Gimble and He’s Come Undone. A second Honorable Mention was awarded to Jeanette Luchese for a mixed media drawing entitled Life’s a blur, then you focus.

- John B. Aird Gallery Media Release

You can find the full media release complete with images here.

Drawing 2014 is on view until Friday, February 28, 2014
Gallery Hours: Monday to Friday, 10 am – 6 pm
Location: 900 Bay Street, Macdonald Block, Toronto, ON M4Y 1N4

I would like to thank the Ontario Arts Council for their support and contribution towards the making of this series of drawings.

Ontario Arts Council – Exhibition Assistance Grant

February 5th, 2013

I am very pleased to announce that I have been awarded an Exhibition Assistance Grant from the Ontario Arts Council. This grant supported work that was included in the Grimsby Public Art Gallery’s Biannual Juried Exhibition 2012 this past Fall.  I am grateful for the OAC’s support and grateful to the Art Gallery of Sudbury, as the recommender gallery, for their consideration of my work.

Biannual Art Exhibition Awards Announced at Grimsby Public Art Gallery

October 10th, 2012

I am very pleased to announce that my drawings Dual (Decatur and Barron) and Dual (Wooten and Miller) were awarded 2nd place in the Grimsby Public Art Gallery’s Biannual Art Exhibition 2012.

Biannual Juried Exhibition 2012 at Grimsby Public Art Gallery

First Place – Amanda McCavour – Floating Garden
Second Place – Amanda Burk – Dual (Decatur and Barron) and Dual (Wooten and Miller)
Third Place – Danny Custodio – Welland Canal pkwy #2
Local Artist Award – Lorraine Zandvliet – After Carel Fabritius

Ontario Arts Council – Northern Arts Grant

October 4th, 2012

I am thrilled to announce that I have been awarded a Northern Arts Grant from the Ontario Arts Council in the new works category. This grant will support the production of a new series of large-scale drawings that will explore the connection between sleep and dormancy in nature.

I am honoured to have the OAC’s  support for this project and I am so grateful for this opportunity.

Thank you.

Drawing 2012 at John B. Aird Gallery, Toronto

February 5th, 2012

My drawing Dual was recently accepted into the 13th annual drawing exhibition Drawing 2012 at the John B. Aird Gallery in Toronto and I am thrilled to announce that I was awarded second place.

Drawing 2012 runs February 7 – March 2, 2012

Opening Reception:  February 9,  6-8 pm

Here is more information about the exhibition:

This year, 78 artists from across Canada submitted more than 150 works
in a variety of styles, media and techniques for consideration. From
these, two jurors selected the 35 works in the exhibition and awarded
prizes.

The jurors awarded two First Prizes, one to Erin Finley of Toronto,
Ont. for an ink, watercolour and gold leaf drawing entitled
“Conversion of Saint Paul in Brogues”; and one to Julia Vandepolder of
Hillsburgh, Ont. for a charcoal, graphite, oil/chalk pastel & conté
drawing entitled “The Green Room”. The second prize went to Amanda
Burk of North Bay, Ont. for a large scale charcoal drawing entitled
“Dual”. Two Honorable Mentions were awarded. Peter Large of Stella,
Ont. received the Japanese Paper Place Award for a graphite and colour
pencil drawing entitled, “Spike’s Nest”. David Woodward of Kingston,
Ont. received the Curry’s Art Store Award for a colour pencil drawing
entitled “The Century Lost Its Hold”.

The John B. Aird is one of the few galleries in Canada to showcase a juried
exhibition where drawing is promoted as an art form unto itself, is on
the ground floor of the Macdonald Block, an Ontario government
building at 900 Bay Street in Toronto. It is open Monday to Friday,
from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

State of Transformation – Update

December 4th, 2011

I am honoured to announce that the Ontario Arts Council has awarded me an Exhibition Assistance Grant for my solo exhibition State of Transformation.   This grant certainly helped to make this exhibition possible. I am grateful to receive their support.

Honourable Mention – Drawing 2011

February 9th, 2011

Dual (Dooley and Healey), 2010

I am pleased to announce that my drawings have been awarded an honourable mention in the John B. Aird Gallery’s 12th Annual Juried Drawing Exhibition.

Here is the announcement released by the John B. Aird Gallery below:

This year, 115 artists from across Canada submitted more than 200 works in a variety of styles, media and techniques for consideration. From these, two jurors selected the 36 works in the exhibition and awarded prizes. The jurors for DRAWING 2011 were Sadko Hadzihasanovic and Dale Barrett.

The jurors awarded First Prize to Olexander Wlasenko of Oshawa, Ont. for a 5’ x 12’ charcoal drawing entitled “The Waiting”. The second prize went to Midori Fullerton of Tottenham, Ont. for a large format graphite, watercolour and india ink drawing entitled “Moth”. The jurors awarded to third prizes. One to Hanna Hur of Toronto, Ont. for a pair of colour pencil drawings entitled, “Home Run Who Cares” and “ Slam Dunk So What”. The other to Scott Waters of Toronto, Ont. for an oil, pencil, and gesso drawing entitled “The Glory Days”. Honorable mentions were also awarded. Amanda Burk of North Bay, Ont. received the Japanese Paper Place award for a pair of charcoal on paper drawings, “Dual (Cecrops)” and “Dual (Dooley and Healey)”. Saba Moghtader of Toronto, Ont. received the Curry’s Art Store award for her video “Friedrich–Goggle”.