Viva Voce: 40th Anniversary of the Art & Art History Program

Viva Voce:
40th Anniversary of the Art & Art History Program

A Joint Program between Sheridan and the University of Toronto Mississauga
September 14 - October 23, 2011


Dorian FitzGerald, Alison S.M. Kobayashi, Richie Mehta & Stuart A. McIntyre, Johnson Ngo, Denyse Thomasos, Carolyn Tripp, Jessica Vallentin, Rhonda Weppler & Trevor Mahovsky, Andrew Wright and Robert Zingone
Graphic design by Matthew Hoffman.

Curated by Shannon Anderson

Opening reception
Wednesday September 14, 5 - 9pm

A FREE shuttle bus departs from OCAD (100 McCaul St.) at 6:30pm, returns for 9pm.

For directions and campus maps, click here.



This exhibition marks the 40th anniversary of the Art and Art History Program. Given the occasion, the curatorial method focused on the complex relationships between students and professors, as the participating alumni were selected solely through recommendations from past and present faculty members.

The Latin phrase "viva voce," meaning "with the living voice," is playfully adopted here to highlight the celebratory nature of an anniversary, while making reference to the outspoken professors who responded to an invitation to participate in the process. It connects to the notion of sharing information by word of mouth, or through reputation. By relying on the experiences of the program's professors (in keeping with the anniversary date, 40 were contacted to provide a recommendation), the selection process became a collective effort. Importantly, this exhibition brings the connection between student and teacher to the forefront, underscoring the ongoing support that occurs after graduation, in the transition from student to colleague.

Focusing on recent work by both new graduates and those from decades past, Viva Voce reflects the diverse mediums embraced by the Art and Art History Program, including photography, film/video, sculpture, design and painting. Given the hundreds of practitioners who have graduated from this program over the last 40 years, the task of gathering a small selection for an anniversary exhibition is compelling and, truth be told, somewhat daunting. While the artists in Viva Voce necessarily represent a small sampling of the stellar graduates from this program, this particular group can be distinguished by being among those handpicked by professors who have watched their careers flourish.

- Shannon Anderson, guest curator



Sunday, September 25th
12 to 5:30pm

Tour starts at 12noon at the Justina M. Barnicke Gallery (Hart House) and departs for the Blackwood Gallery and Oakville Galleries. Snacks and refreshments will be provided. Cost: $10. To reserve a seat, call Oakville Gallery at 905.844.4402, ext. 27 or email by Friday September 23rd.

Doors Open
Saturday, October 1st
10am to 4pm
Presented in partnership with the Culture Division, City of Mississauga.
Join us for a guided tour with curator Shannon Anderson at 11am & 1pm.
For more information on Doors Open Mississauga 2011, click here. 

FREE Contemporary Art Bus Tour
Sunday, October 16th
12 to 5pm

Tour starts at 12noon at the Koffler Gallery Off-Site exhibition located at 80 Spadina (Unit #501), the bus then departs for the Blackwood Gallery, the Art Gallery of York University and the Doris McCarthy Gallery (UTSC) and returns to Spadina by 5pm. To reserve a seat, call the Doris McCarthy Gallery at 416.287.7007 or email by Friday October 14th.

Out of Joint: Voices on Mentoring
Friday, October 21st
10am to 2pm

Presentation Room, Student Centre, UTM
Join us for a mini-conference featuring faculty and students discussing the meanderings of mentorship as it navigates the fields of artistic and curatorial practice, the writing and research skills requirements of art history, and the transition to graduate school.

Sheridan: Artist Talks
09.06.2011: Robert Zingone
09.08.2011: Richie Mehta
09.15.2011: Rhonda Weppler
09.29.2011: Andrew Wright
10.04.2011: Carolyn Tripp
10.11.2011: Dorian FitzGerald

ALL artist talks are FREE and open to the public, and will take place from 12:30pm to 1:30pm in the mezzanine of Annie Smith Hall at Sheridan College (1430 Trafalgar Road, Oakville.)
For directions click here and go to the Contact Us link.



In partnership with the Sheridan Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning and the Department of Visual Studies, University of Toronto Mississauga and generously supported by the Canada Council for the Arts.


Blackwood Gallery
University of Toronto Mississauga
3359 Mississauga Rd. N.
Mississauga, ON L5L 1C6

Gallery Hours
Monday to Friday 12 – 5 pm
Wednesday to 9 pm

Saturday & Sunday 12 – 3 pm

(closed on civic holidays)