2018 Melissa Levin Emerging Artist Award Winner Presentation

Date: May 09, 2019
Time: 6-7:30 pm | Presentations begin at 6:15 pm

Meet Catherine Blackburn and Meera Sethi, recipients of the 2018 Melissa Levin Emerging Artist Award! 

Thursday May 9, 6-7:30 pm | Presentations begin at 6:15 pm. Free, spaces are limited. 
Please register in advance at csmith@textilemuseum.ca or 416-599-5321 x 2246.

Join us for artist presentations and a reception as we celebrate the launch of the 2019 Fund! Renée van der Avoird, Assistant Curator of Canadian Art at the Art Gallery of Ontario, will lead a lively conversation with 2018 Award winners Catherine Blackburn and Meera Sethi.

About the Award Winners
Catherine Blackburn was born in Patuanak, Saskatchewan, of Dene and European ancestry and is a member of the English River First Nation. She is a multidisciplinary artist and jeweller whose common themes are often prompted by personal narratives to explore the complexities of memory, history and identity. With this award, Catherine has purchased materials and equipment for her studio.

Meera Sethi is a contemporary artist living in Richmond Hill, Ontario. Meera’s practice encompasses a range of media to pose questions about the relationships between migration, diaspora, hybridity, and belonging. She has been conducting research in the Museum’s collection of garments and textiles from South Asia.

About the Moderator
Renée van der Avoird is the Assistant Curator of Canadian Art at the Art Gallery of Ontario. She holds a B.A. in French Language & Literature and Fine Arts from Wilfrid Laurier University and an M.A. in Museum Studies from the University of Toronto. Previously held positions include Associate Curator/Registrar at the MacLaren Art Centre in Barrie, Curatorial Mentor at the Art Museum at the University of Toronto, and Assistant Director of Susan Hobbs Gallery in Toronto.

About the Award
Launched in 2017, the Melissa Levin Emerging Artist Award helps emerging artists conduct self-directed activities such as art production, apprenticeships, residencies, or research. The TMC can support the applicant’s customized program of research and access to the TMC’s library, exhibitions and permanent collection of over 15,000 global artifacts. The award is in memory and honour of Melissa Levin (1958-2015), an artist, mentor, and teacher whose career as a textile and costume designer was synonymous with her exuberant love of colour and pattern.

About the Fund
Since 2017, many generous individuals have contributed over $20,000 to the Melissa Levin Emerging Artist Fund. We rely on donations from family, friends, and community. If you would like to be part of this important initiative, please visit textilemuseum.ca/join-support/give or call 416-599-5321 x2246.

2018 Jury: Omar Badrin, Nina Levitt, Sarah Quinton

Stay tuned for our announcement of the 2019 Call for Submissions!