Etobicoke School for the Arts (ESA) is a specialized, public arts-academic high school known for producing talented young artists across disciplines. These kids not only excel in high school, but many of them also go on to pursue successful careers in the arts, a point that’s added considerable fame to the TDSB school since it was founded in 1961. From actors to musicians to filmmakers to visual artists, ESA’s list of alumnus is lengthy and impressive. In recent years, the school’s art department has made waves again by hosting an annual portfolio viewing for representatives from the world’s top Arts Institutions; the event has been a resounding success, with total scholarship offers exceeding $1.5 million dollars rolling in some years.
So it goes without saying that the Gladstone is beyond exciting to be hosting a visual art show by students from Etobicoke School for the Arts!
The exhibition is titled Common Object runs until March 24:
Common Object developed from Grade 9 Visual Arts students choosing a common object from everyday life that had personal significance. The students transformed their objects in ways that reveal personal meaning. Strategies such as altering scale, materials, functionality and utility were encouraged and opened up dialogues around conditions specific to their own lives. The remarkable insights gained were diverse, touching on relationships, anxiety, gender, physical limitations, bullying, identity, and displacement.
We’ve crossed paths with a few former ESA students in our exhibitions programming—we have a few on staff too—so we can’t wait to see what the next generation of young artists from over there are up to. Check out a sample of some the awesome stuff just a few ESA alumni have been up to since getting their start at the Toronto school, and make sure to check out the exhibition at the Gladstone Hotel running from March 1-24 2019.
The 2018 ESA graduate made headlines last year by getting offered a record-breaking $2-million dollars worth of scholarships. Wow!
Now based in New York, Keiran has a stunning portfolio of work that’s lead to an impressive resume including a Yale International Scholarship. His work has been exhibited from Toronto to LA to New York, where Keiran’s paintings were on display at Katherine Mulherin’s Manhattan gallery.
Tattoo artist, illustrator, and painter, now based on Pender Island.
Now based in Seattle, Ianitza’s impressive portfolio is full of stunning, shimmering depictions of water.