About the Event
Career Launcher Prize:
Virtual Studio Tour + Panel Discussion
Wednesday, July 15, 4:00 – 5:00 PM
Celebrate the 401 Richmond Career Launcher Prize, while exploring the importance of fostering emerging voices through resource sharing and mentorship. Awarded annually by jury, the residency provides a pivotal opportunity to occupy a coveted 500 sq/ft studio for a full year at one of Canada’s most dynamic arts facilities.
- 2019/20 Recipient Miles Ingrassia Studio Tour & Talk
- Panel Discussion, moderated by William Huffman, with Anahita Azrahimi, Toronto Online Art Fair, Ellen Bleiwas, 2017/18 Career Launcher Recipient, and Anna Gaby-Trotz, Open Studio
- 2020/21 Recipient Announcement and Introduction
Free! Zoom registration required:
Career Launcher Prize
Awarded annually, the Career Launcher Prize provides a pivotal opportunity to occupy a coveted 500 square foot studio for a full year at one of Canada’s most dynamic arts facilities. The recipient is chosen from a Toronto-wide competition by a panel of visual arts professionals. The Career Launcher Prize has been presented annually since 2000 as a way of providing support for research and experimentation at a critical time in an emerging artist’s career.
Miles Ingrassia, 2019/20 Career Launcher Recipient
Miles Ingrassia is a Toronto-based painter and printmaker whose work explores identity, gender, memory and coming of age. His current body of work examines the male figure and is influenced heavily by his experiences of growing up in Hamilton, Ontario, as well as reflections on the construction and performance of masculinity.
Anahita Azrahimi, Executive & Creative Director, Toronto Outdoor Art Fair
A seasoned arts manager, Anahita leads the Toronto Outdoor Art Fair team, building robust partnerships with the community and implementing essential new programs for artists and the public, including a shift to the Toronto Online Art Fair for 2020. Working with a range of organizations and artists in contemporary dance, theatre and visual arts, including Creative Trust, Theatre Direct and Dancemakers, Anahita also sits on the advisory board of the Arts Management program at Centennial College, and the WeeFestival of Arts and Culture for Early Years. She has also served on boards, committees and juries for Modern Times Stage Company, Cultural Pluralism in the Arts Movement Ontario, DesignTO, the Dora Mavor Moore Awards, the Ontario Arts Council, and Visual Arts Mississauga.
Ellen Bleiwas, Artist
As the 2017-18 Career Launcher Prize recipient, Ellen Bleiwas came to 401 with an MFA from York University (2017) and a Master of Architecture from McGill University (2010). Bleiwas is based in Toronto, Canada. Ellen has recently exhibited at the Robert McLaughlin Gallery (Oshawa), Idea Exchange (Cambridge), and Angell Gallery (Toronto), and participated in artist residencies including the NARS Foundation (Brooklyn, New York), the Robert McLaughlin Gallery RBC Artist Residency Program (Oshawa), Takt Kunstprojektraum (Berlin), Artscape Gibraltar Point (Toronto), and the School of Visual Arts (New York). Her practice has been supported through grants and awards from the Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, Toronto Arts Council, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, Urbanspace Property Group, and the RBC Foundation.
Anna Gaby-Trotz, Technical Director, Open Studio Contemporary Printmaking Centre
With an MFA in printmaking from The University of Alberta, Anna has gone on to build inner city arts programs in Edmonton, developed art projects with rural LGTBQ2S+ youth, and worked for The University of Guelph and OCADU. Anna manages Open Studio’s 6,000 sq/ft printmaking facility in 401 Richmond and facilitates their education and residency programs.
William Huffman, Curator, Special Projects, 401 Richmond
William Huffman is an arts administrator, curator, educator, and writer with a history of extensive involvement on both local and international cultural fronts. He was Executive Director with Inuit Art Foundation, Coordinator of the Audience and Market Development Office at Canada Council for the Arts, Associate Director with Toronto Arts Council and Toronto Arts Foundation and has held other leadership positions at Blackwood Gallery, Arts Toronto, The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery, A Space Gallery, Canadian Art Foundation and Art Gallery of Sudbury. William is currently Marketing Manager at Dorset Fine Arts a division of West Baffin Eskimo Cooperative and is an occasional instructor with University of Toronto, Toronto School of Art, and Visual Arts Mississauga.
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