The McCanny Annual Spring Show

Exhibit Description

The McCanny Annual Spring Show presents visual artworks created by students from McCanny Secondary School’s art program. It recognizes student artists, showcases artwork and celebrates students’ success in getting into their dream University Art programs. The works range from Photography, Acrylic paintings, Sculptures, and videos. This collection of the works depicts the various lives of high school students in Scarborough through colour, subject matter, creative formats and cultures.

Exhibit Introduction

The McCanny Annual Spring Show exhibit artworks from currently Grade 12 international students who are interested in art and design and wish to pursue art in the future. This is a great opportunity for the public to see how cross-cultural young Canadian artists articulate their world and lifestyle through art when they experience cultural differences. Drawing the public eyes to these young artists, this exhibition encourages young artists to be brave in showing their works, as well as learning to take critique and develop a meaningful conversation with the visitors.

EXHIBITION DATES:
May 4 – 18

LOCATION:
Bluffs Gallery at Scarborough Arts
1859 Kingston Road
Scarborough, ON M1N 1T3

OPENING RECEPTION:
May 4 from 12 noon – 6pm

Artist Collective Statement

These students are mostly international students from Asia, they have come here for various reasons, mostly to seek freedom in pursuing an art education. As they gradually assimilate in local Canadian culture, they get to explore topics they have never thought about as a high school student like the power of social media, cultural isolation, cyber-bullying, and feminism. In these artworks, students use what they can find around the studio to paint, illustrate and create including Acrylic, Oil, Pencil, DSLR Camera, and 3D Printer to refract their opinions on the above topics.

Artist/Collective Biography

The artists are international students who came to Canada 2 to 4 years ago. They are involved in McCanny Secondary School’s Art Program. Some students have always wanted to choose an art program for University, but because of the lack of knowledge in art education, a lot of them had decided to go for business programs. They had 1 to 2 years to develop their creative skills through the openness in art education and guidance by art teachers at McCanny Secondary School. Their artworks are inspired by local culture, social media and some are about homesick and cultural exploration. They work with acrylic, watercolour, oil, 3D printing and whatever they can find around them. Their works are unique in a way in which they represent a different strand of international students inside the already minority group.