SDVA scholarship show takes over campus gallery
Art made by more than 100 top students in Georgian College’s School of Design and Visual Art (SDVA) programs was on exhibit at the 2013 SDVA Scholarship Show in Barrie's Campus Gallery. Read more...
Art made by more than 100 top students in Georgian College’s School of Design and Visual Art (SDVA) programs was on exhibit in April and May, 2013.
Members of the public were invited to view the 2013 SDVA Scholarship Show in the Campus Gallery in the Helen and Arch Brown Centre for Visual Arts, Barrie Campus.
The visually stunning exhibit featured work by students from eight Georgian College Design and Visual Art programs: Web Animation and Design, Jewellery and Metals, Interior Design, Interior Decorating, Digital Photography and Imaging, Graphic Design, Fine Arts, and Art Fundamentals.
At stake was more than $30,000 in awards donated by industry partners. Students’ work was judged by experts from the various industries represented in the show.
Seven students in Georgian’s Fine Arts program were announced as winners of a commission to have their work featured in a seniors’ community development to be constructed in downtown Barrie.
The winning students and the finalists will see their designs featured within the Harmony Village Lake Simcoe Presentation Gallery, being built by City Core Developments, when it opens later this year.
The pieces, mobile units to be hung from the ceiling, will be moved to the community centre when construction is complete. The winning team will be awarded $5,000 to cover the cost of the materials and construction and the two finalists will be awarded $2,500 for their designs.
The winning entry, “Reflections,” was designed by students Libby Mourant, Samantha Seitz and Karen Dobbs.
Georgian College Fine Arts student Aylan Couchie had a clear artistic concept in mind when she hopped into a cooler at Royal Agricultural Winter Fair last week for the annual butter sculpting competition.
Her idea – sculpting a life-size Belgian hare — was a real crowd pleaser. She was named grand champion of the competition.
Taking part in the annual butter sculpting contest for the second year in a row, Aylan took for inspiration rabbits and hares on show at the Royal, the country’s most prestigious agricultural showcase.
Armed with a sketch of one of the magnificent little creatures, she spent almost 12 hours in the cooler on Wednesday, Nov. 6, creating her lifelike hare. She was competing against Fine Arts students from Georgian and other colleges. Contestants told to work around the theme of “Farm Fresh Fun,” and were given 150 kilograms of chilled butter and 12 hours in which to create a masterpiece.
Aylan’s grand championship win was a “people’s choice” award, with fair visitors voting heavily for her work of art. A panel of judges also awarded her second place in the juried portion of the competition.
Thanks to her win, Aylan got to butter up to CBC’s Rick Mercer. Watch Rick and Aylan’s butter sculpting adventures on YouTube.
Hot off the Press, the annual show and sale of hand-made prints by Fine Arts students, took place Nov. 14 to 16 at the Helen and Arch Brown Centre for Visual Arts at the Barrie Campus.
The show and sale featured a dazzling array of styles, subjects and techniques – all at extremely reasonable prices. Proceeds supported Design and Visual Arts program activities like guest lecturers.
In the Sadlon Centre for Health and Wellness at the Barrie Campus, nursing students have classrooms equipped with state-of-the-art human patient simulators to practise a variety of health care scenarios. If they wanted to study their health assessment skills and techniques late at night or on the weekend at home, they were left without a simulated study aid – until now.
Yvonne Galbraith has been working in simulation in Georgian’s Nursing programs for three years. She has combined her 36 years of nursing experience with her passion for art (she is an alumna of Georgian’s Fine Arts program, 2002) to create the Study Buddy.
“I was telling students to practice on a pillow, to pretend it was their patient. Working creatively, I was able to integrate art, nursing and simulation to make a low-cost, light-weight learning tool,” she says.
The Study Buddy is made from polyester fibre and duct tape. It weighs about three pounds and costs approximately $23 to assemble. The buddy can be used to practise landmarking for health assessments including giving injections, taking blood pressure, removing sutures, etc.
Galbraith recently presented her Study Buddy concept at a Society for Simulation in Healthcare international conference in Florida. In Dec. 2013, she was honoured with a SIM Citizenship Award at the Ontario Simulation Network’s SIM-one expo. The award pays tribute to the important contributions she has made in her field.
Amy holds a Bachelor of Fine Art (Honours) and a Master of Fine Art. She has exhibited her sculptures and drawings in many solo and group exhibitions since 1996. Her work is in numerous public and private collections. She has received several awards for her sculptural work, including the Patricia and Lou Odette Award from the Sculptor’s Society of Canada, the Best Sculpture Award in the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition, the Protégé Honours Award from the Arts Toronto Protégé Honours Program and the international grant for emerging artists from the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation.
Amy’s public sculpture commissions include the Ted Friedman Award for the Ontario Hospital Association and for the City of Toronto at Humber Bay Shores East Park in Etobicoke and Milne Hollow Park, located in the Charles Sauriol Conservation Area in Don Mills.
She has served on the board of directors of the White Water Gallery Artist Run Centre in North Bay and the MacLaren Art Centre in Barrie.
Exhibiting professionally since 1995, Gary has had over 25 solo exhibits. His work appears in numerous public and corporate collections. His teaching style is personable, available and student-centred. It’s important to him to be informed about contemporary practices.
Gary feels that the Fine Arts area at Georgian is a very supportive community with expert, informed faculty and support staff, excellent facilities and many exhibits, events and opportunities that create a unique cultural experience. A graduate of Ontario College of Art and Design (AOCAD), he has been teaching at Georgian since 1999 and is currently co-ordinator of both the Fine Arts and the Museum and Gallery Studies programs.