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Glendon Students’ Visual Arts Competition a Landmark Event


<p>The <a href="" target="_blank">Glendon Gallery</a> marked a milestone in the college&rsquo;s history when it hosted its very first student art competition on January 18th, and the results were nothing short of spectacular.</p>
<p><img style="float: left;" src="" alt="" width="124" height="97" /><span class="image_caption">Left: The opening night crowd</span></p>
<p>Over 150 visitors attended the opening reception, among them more than a hundred students. The presence of distinguished guests Principal Kenneth McRoberts, Associate Principal, Student Services Rosanna Furgiuele, and president of the Glendon College Student Union Oscar Omera further underlined the importance of this event.</p>
<p><span class="image_caption"><img style="float: left;" src="" alt="" width="124" height="87" />Left: A painting reminiscent of Gustav Klimt&rsquo;s The Kiss</span></p>
<p>In a gallery bustling with activity, inquiring minds examined, admired and discussed the varied works that were included in this exhibition of solely student work, as they awaited the announcement of the competition&rsquo;s four prizewinners, starting with 4th prize and working up to 1st prize.</p>
<p><span class="image_caption"><img style="float: left;" src="" alt="" width="132" height="100" />Left: The Vanity recalls French pre-impressionist interiors</span></p>
<p>Associate Principal Rosanna Furgiuele opened the ceremony by congratulating those who participated and confessed that &ldquo;I have to say I am very happy I did not have to choose.&rdquo; Revealing that she had in fact been given a small preview to the event, she described being struck by the complexity, originality and vibrancy of the students&rsquo; work.</p>
<p><img style="float: left;" src="" alt="" width="77" height="100" /><span class="image_caption">Left: Melanie Lindaven&rsquo;s Veiled Exposure won 4th prize</span></p>
<p>The 4th prize, sponsored by the <a href="" target="_blank">Glendon College Student Union</a> (GCSU), was presented by GCSU president Oscar Omera to Melanie Lindaven for her drawing entitled <em>Veiled Exposure</em> (Graphite on paper, 2010). This striking portrait of a beautiful veiled woman, with allusions to fundamentalism depicted in the forefront, constituted a poignant reflection on morality in the contemporary world.</p>
<p><img style="float: left;" src="" alt="" width="89" height="100" /><span class="image_caption">Left: L-r: Emmanuel Elkabas-Besnard receives&nbsp; his prize from Rosanna Furgiuele</span></p>
<p>3rd prize, sponsored by the Office of the Associate Principal, Student Services was presented by Rosanna Furgiuele to Emmanuel Elkabas-Besnard for his piece <em>La Corse-Corsica</em> (Acrylic on canvas, 2010). This vibrant painting evoked the warm and inviting colours of the Corsican landscape, using a technique deemed moderate yet scintillating by the judges.</p>
<p><img style="float: left;" src="" alt="" width="123" height="100" /><span class="image_caption">Left: Lise Brisebois in front of her artwork which garnered 2nd prize</span></p>
<p>2nd prize, sponsored by the Principal&rsquo;s Office of Glendon College, was presented by Principal Kenneth McRoberts to Lise Brisebois for her <em>Paysage - du r&eacute;aliste &agrave; l&rsquo;abstrait</em> (Acrylic on canvas, 2010), for her strikingly dynamic abstract rendering of an original landscape photograph, which made highly creative use of colour.</p>
<p><span class="image_caption"><img style="float: left;" src="" alt="" width="102" height="149" />Left: The 1st prize winner: Sunlight Doesn&rsquo;t Clean Shit!</span></p>
<p>Finally, Rosanna Furgiuele presented the first prize, sponsored by the Office of the Vice President, Students, York University.&nbsp; Furgiuele added a bit of suspense by telling the audience, &ldquo;&hellip;this is where I wish I had a drum roll.&rdquo; The very receptive crowd obliged and, subsequently, Tiffany Fung was declared the winner for her piece <em>Sunlight Doesn&rsquo;t Clean Shit!</em> (Mud on a towel, 2007). In choosing her for the 1st prize, the judges commented that Fung&rsquo;s work combines an impressive mastery of several traditional media with an impish contemporary sensibility and an original use of her materials.</p>
<p><img style="float: left;" src="" alt="" width="88" height="100" /><span class="image_caption">Left: Principal McRoberts with 1st prize winner Tiffany Fung</span></p>
<p>The full list of students participating in the event includes Lise Brisebois, Jill Butler, Vanesa Demarco, Emmanuel Elkabas-Besnard, Katherine Fuller, Tiffany Fung, Jalal Halabi, Nazampal Jaswal, Billy Lee, Elodie Li, Melanie Lindaven, Kelly Lui, Danielle Magri, Brandon Pierre, Olga Polstvin, Talla Roushan, Arthur Rousseau, Nina Staer-Nathan, Nidhi Teli, Franziska Trilse and Gena Velcoff.</p>
<p style="text-align: center;"><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="" alt="" width="500" height="228" /><span class="image_caption">Above: The participants of the competition</span></p>
<p>Glendon Gallery&rsquo;s artistic coordinator, Martine Rheault expressed her thanks to all the students for their participation, as well as to the award sponsors and the jury members. Rheault added her special thanks to the gallery&rsquo;s student team: gallery assistant Kimberley Judd, as well as Yuki Yamamoto, Jenny Lee, Eninna Luli and Shirley Almagro-Lightbourne, all of whom have played an important role in making this event such a resounding success.<em></em></p>
<p style="text-align: center;"><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="" alt="" width="500" height="251" /><span class="image_caption">Above: The gallery team, l-r: Janny Le, curator Marc Audette, Artistic Coordinator Martine Rheault, Kimberley Judd, Eninna Luli, Tara Knight, Yuki Yamamoto and Shirley Almagro</span></p>
<p><em>Article by final-year Glendon translation student Kathleen Dodd-Moher and Glendon communications officer Marika Kemeny.</em></p>

Published on January 27, 2011