DisPerSion Lab presents Doug Van Nort with special guest Anne Bourne
Oct 25 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Doug Van Nort with special guest Anne Bourne 

In this on going series Doug Van Nort performs with curated and invited guests.

This first event will feature an electronics and cello duo with Doug Van Nort and longtime friend and collaborator, Anne Bourne.

All are welcome to come and listen in this immersive sonic space.

Future Students: AMPD at National Portfolio Day Toronto
Nov 2 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Are you considering post-secondary studies in Design or Visual Art?

Visit our booth at National Portfolio Day!

Bring a portfolio of your best work and get one-on-one feedback from our faculty members.

Featured programs:

York University Visual Art – Studio Art – BFA

York Program in Design – BDes

Our professors are professional artists and designers who practice and exhibit their work internationally. They’ll be on hand to review your work and give you useful tips on perfecting your portfolio.

Exceptional portfolios will be awarded certificates exempting you from our Portfolio Questionnaire process.

You’re welcome to drop in anytime during the session. Doors open at 11:45 am.

Pre-registration is not required, and admission is free.

We look forward to meeting you and seeing your work!



all from one – an exhibition of large scale found object paintings by Catherine Hois
Nov 4 – Nov 14 all-day

Mother Nature’s Hand, by Catherine Hois, 2018, 4ft.5”x 6ft.1”, found object painting

all from one is an exhibition of large scale found object paintings by 4th year visual art studio student Catherine Hois exploring the artist’s fascination with the everlasting connection of all living things to the earth.

Artist Statement: This group of works represents my belief that we are protected and taken care of by the earth, because we are connected to the earth as living beings.  Why are humans provided everything we need to survive and live a healthy life on earth? Is it coincidence? I believe that is it not. All species on this planet are genetically connected; we are a part of the harmony and flow of life, not apart from it as superior beings, and all atoms that make up life are in constantly rearranging from one living thing to another. Humans are organisms that consist of many functions; we ingest food, absorb nutrients, and excrete waste, we have senses, we have memories, we get sick when we are poisoned, along with many other functions. I think of Mother Nature; life itself as one organism with many functions as well; similar to our own bodies. My inspiration sprouts from these themes and phrases: Intertwine, interconnected, “circle of life,” and “All from one.”

My art works connect to these concepts with the materials I use, the colours, the gestural brush strokes, and the overall unity that I aim for in every piece. The found objects I use are all recycled materials, for example plastic bags, water bottles, plastic containers, old toys, old Christmas decorations, egg cartons, old Tupperware, broken instruments (the list goes on and on). My idea was not only to be less wasteful, but to bring life to the items that would have gone into the trash and disguise “garbage” as lively works of art. In creating these works, I tried to be as environmentally friendly as possible, from using empty paint containers, paint rags, coffee cups, and even snack wrappers; all waste that I produced throughout my painting process.

Gallery Hours:
Monday to Friday, 9am – 4pm

Admission is free and all are welcome.


Lifelines (Hilda) – solo sculpture and time based art show by Kristen Elizabeth Donoghue-Stanford
Nov 4 – Nov 14 all-day

[caption id="attachment_101740" align="aligncenter" width="700"]Detail from A Lament, by Kristen Elizabeth Donoghue-Stanford, 2019, Acrylic Yarn, 15ft x 5ft x 10ft Detail from A Lament, by Kristen Elizabeth Donoghue-Stanford, 2019, Acrylic Yarn, 15ft x 5ft x 10ft[/caption]

Lifelines (Hilda) is a solo sculpture and time based art installation by Kristen Elizabeth Donoghue-Stanford focused on the theme of lamentation and mourning of someone who is no longer present.

Artist statement: The exhibition will focus around ideas of life, death, loss, and remembrance, interplaying with one another. 87 knitted tubes in neutral colours will be suspended within the gallery space, arranged to create guided pathways and a knitted canvass for video projection.

The installation will be curated in order to showcase a metaphorical image of the lifelines of a particular life; that of a woman named Hilda, whom the footage collected belonged to. 87 knitted tubes will be used within the installation showcasing the number of years Hilda lived until she passed away on January 6th, 2019. The video shows Hilda and her family throughout several years of their lives and will be played on loop throughout the exhibition. A slight distortion will be used in order to hide or blur certain images within the video frame, as well as the projection onto the knitwork will add its own distortion. This is meant to symbolize the memories we don’t always get to keep with us, even when someone has left us.  As one of Hilda’s favourite pastimes and a skill that she passed onto the next generation of her family, the knitwork could not more perfectly summarize the complicated, yet beautiful framework of a life. In this installation we experience the feelings of remembrance and loss and face the concepts of life and death as we witness the lifelines of somebody who is no longer with us through the process of lamenting.  It opens the possibility for reflection and the ability to express gratitude towards such a life.

Gallery Hours:

Monday-Thursday, 9am – 4:00pm

Free admission

Reception: Thursday, November 14, 2019 from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

AMPD at York U Fall Campus Day
Nov 16 @ 10:00 am – 2:30 pm

Are you thinking about pursuing post-secondary studies in the visual, performing, digital or media arts?

Join us at Fall Campus Day! It’s an excellent opportunity to find out about our programs and what makes York University a great place to study Cinema & Media Arts, Computational Arts – Digital Media, Dance, Design, Music, Theatre and Visual Art & Art History.

Professors, staff and some of the outstanding students currently in our programs will be on hand to share information and answer your questions. You’ll come away feeling knowledgeable, welcomed and more confident about choosing your educational path.

[caption id="attachment_101903" align="alignnone" width="642"]Six student ambassadors pose around a table labeled "school of the arts, media, performance & design" Come see us on Fall Campus Day![/caption]

Information sessions for the School of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design will be held in the Accolade West Building at 10:30 am and 1:00 pm. Tours of our studios, labs, performance and exhibition facilities are offered at 11:30 am and 2 pm.

Our Visual Art and Design programs are also offering portfolio reviews on a drop-in basis from 12:00 to 2:30 pm. Bring a portfolio of your best work for a friendly, no-strings-attached, one-on-one consultation with one of our visual art or design professors.

General campus tours and info sessions about York’s student services, admissions, financial support, residence and campus life will also be available.

For more information, maps and directions, and the full agenda for the day, visit

Admission is free, and family and friends are welcome.

While registration is not required, it is an option. Registering gives you the chance to create a customized schedule for yourself for the day, combining activities in AMPD with York-wide info sessions and tours. Look for the Register  Now box on York’s Fall Campus Day website.

We look forward to meeting you!

Visual Art Fundamentals: Concept, Creativity and Production group exhibition
Nov 18 – Nov 27 all-day


[caption id="attachment_101693" align="aligncenter" width="800"]Photograph of the 2018 Fundamentals Group Exhibition Photograph of the 2018 Fundamentals Group Exhibition[/caption]

The Fundamentals group exhibition showcases work by first year Visual Art Studio students in the VISA 1010 6.0-Art Fundamentals: Concept, Creativity and Production. Art Fundamentals introduces students to the visual arts studios, faculty and a spectrum of production methods addressing two dimensional, three dimensional and the element of time in art making. An established theme provides students with a starting point for research, conceptualization and the exploration of fundamental processes as a means of visualizing their creative ideas.

Gallery Hours: Monday to Friday, 9am – 4pm

Reception: Monday, November 25, 12:00-1:30pm

DisPerSion Relation #4 with the Electro-Acoustic Orchestra
Dec 6 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Dispersion Relation #4: Doug Van Nort with the Electro-Acoustic Orchestra

In this on going series Doug Van Nort performs with curated and invited guests.

All are welcome to come and listen in this immersive sonic space. The lab door will remain open, and people are welcome to come in late or leave early during the show. (Please remove shoes before entering!)

The fourth event welcomes a special performance with the Electro-Acoustic Orchestra. Two pieces will explore new modes of composing for attentional strategies that blend Soundpainting conducting, cross-performer shared sound processing, interactive spatialization and lighting.

All are welcome to come and listen in this immersive sonic space.

Music to Play in the Dark #1
Dec 21 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Music to Play in the Dark #1

In this on going series Doug Van Nort performs with curated and invited guests.

All are welcome to come and listen in this immersive sonic space. The lab door will remain open, and people are welcome to come in late or leave early during the show. (Please remove shoes before entering!)

An immersive, spatial audio-haptic concert in total darkness for the Winter Solstice!

This concert will feature existing pieces by invited composer Darren Copeland and Doug Van Nort that are re-imagined for the 28.2 audio and 56-channel haptic floor of the DisPerSion Lab. It will also include a new piece by lab member Rory Hoy created for this event.

Copeland’s piece will feature a small amount of light in order to see his performative gesture-based spatializations sound. Van Nort’s piece, originally composed in 2012, will be the first full use of the haptic floor that he has created over the past few years. Hoy’s piece will be a new construction created in the space leading up to the event.

About the guest composer:
Darren Copeland is a Canadian sound artist who has been active since 1985 and lives in the country outside the village of South River (Ontario). His work encompasses multichannel spatialization for live performance, fixed media composition, soundscape composition, radio art and sound installations.

His fixed-media compositions have explored both abstract and referential sound materials. Many of these works are released on the empreintes DIGITALes label and have received mentions from Vancouver New Music, Phonurgia Nova, Luigi Russolo, and other competitions.and lighting.

All are welcome to come and listen in this immersive sonic space.

Human; Nature, the Willowdale Award for Painting Exhibition by Serena Kobayashi-LeBel
Jan 6 – Jan 16 all-day

[caption id="attachment_101873" align="alignleft" width="400"]“The Grass is Greener” 24”x24” Oil paint and Acrylic Gouache on panel 2018-19 “The Grass is Greener” 24”x24” Oil paint and Acrylic Gouache on panel 2018-19[/caption]

Human; Nature is an exhibition of oil paintings by fifth year Visual Art Studio student Serena Kobayashi-LeBel.

The body of work focuses on exploring the popular debate of nature vs. nurture. By painting hybrids of people with flora or fauna, the artist questions what instincts are ingrained in us on a biological level. What characteristics do we possess because at the core of our existence we are animals, and what is social conditioning? Using natural imagery of plants and animals, Kobayashi-LeBel uses their living patterns as well as cultural associations to illustrate certain ideas. Creating beautiful, but jarring images she encourages her audience to question their own actions and beliefs. How much of your personality is ‘just who you are’, or is it possible to change potentially negative behavioral patterns? Think about it; is who you are who you want to be?




Esther Kim presents Solve Et Coagula
Jan 6 @ 10:00 am – Jan 16 @ 1:00 pm

Solve Et Coagula

Artist: Esther Kim (5th Year)

Medium: Sculpture (steel, bronze, limestone, ceramic)

Location: Special Projects Gallery (102 Joan & Martin Goldfarb Centre for Fine Arts)

Dates: January 6-16, 2020

Reception: Friday, January 10th @ 5:00pm – 8:00pm

Brief description of the exhibition:
“The Latin expression “solve et coagula” is derived from “solve,” meaning to break down and
separate, while “coagula” describes the process of bringing elements back together (coagulating) into a new, higher form.” Solve Et Coagula is an exhibition that encapsulates the process of transformation from material to matter both individually in each sculpture and unified by the exhibition as a whole. Each individual work represents fragments of the body while collectively constructing a whole greater than its sum. Verging on the ephemeral notions of the physical human figure, the sculptural mediums create a lasting impact, solidifying its permanence in the world while exploring the ambiguity and complexities of the human body.

Artist’s Statement:
The mechanical process of repetition is a fundamental component in my sculptural art practice as it combines the concepts of the working body with the working machine. The process of
dialogue between the body and mind allows me to challenge bodily limitations and to explore deeper within myself. Size and scale creates emphasis on autonomy, emulating the living vessel. Exploring the human body is like understanding a machine, each functioning part integrates as a whole. However, the human body is full of spontaneity, it can be obstructed through its limitations and surpassed by the mind. The mind exceeds beyond what’s physical, infinite through thought and imagination. The body is finite, limited by what’s tangible within reality. Through my work, I aim to create an open interpretation that instigates awareness of the viewers subjective selves and allows people to freely create associations for themselves through their own bodily experiences.

Artist’s bio:
Esther Kim is a Canadian born Korean artist currently in her 5th year at York University majoring in Visual Arts (Studio). Through exploring the concepts of the body, she utilizes her practices which involve metal fabrication, foundry, mould making and the contrast in medium and scale to evoke an ambiguity in a tangible form. Inspired by thoughtful investigation of philosophies of the mind and its relation to the body, the work is presented to the viewer to challenge commonly held assumptions about the world and to open possibilities for interpretations which instigate both cognitive and bodily awareness to the viewer’s subjective


Severed Tongue
19.5” x 13” x 13”

Here am I
4” x 3” x 6”
Bronze, mirror

Jan 11 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm


Please join us for a group exhibition featuring the work of second-year MFA students and first-year PhD students from the Visual Arts Graduate Program.

The exhibition, entitled NEXT | WAVE opens on Saturday, January 11, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. at the Varley Art Gallery of Markham (see akimbo NEXT | WAVE | Akimbo). There will also be a panel discussion moderated by curator Yan Wu around the notions of migration, identities and contemporary art practices at 1:30 pm.

This is an important event where our candidates exhibit their work, conduct panel discussions and lead workshops within an established museum gallery context. Please join us at the opening to discover the work and meet the artists.

The opening will include a panel discussion from 1:30 – 2:00 p.m. and light refreshments from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Free admission. Please RSVP at 

Dan Tapper, Studio visit, Fractured Terrain.
Photo: Anik Glaude

Jan 20 – Feb 1 all-day

Artists: Kristen Elizabeth Donoghue-Stanford, Rebecca Garcia Echeverria, Allison Helen Garrity, and Esther Min-Ji Kim
Medium: Sculpture (Bronze)
Location: Eleanor Winters Art Gallery (129 Winters College)
Dates: January 20th – February 1st, 2020
Reception: Tuesday, January 21st, 2020 6:00pm – 8:00pm

CASTED is a sculpture exhibition fully dedicated to works produced in bronze. The four artists, Kristen Elizabeth Donoghue-Stanford, Rebecca Garcia Echeverria, Allison Helen Garrity, and Esther Min-Ji Kim curated a collection of their separate works to create this group exhibition. 

The four women artists have showcased in CASTED an exhibition in bronze; a historically male associated material. As four female artists, they navigate the conventions of this medium in order to wield it to their individual  artistic practices and challenge the associations of materiality in relation to creation and process. 

In an exploration of this materiality, themes are crossed, met, and distanced with one another. Between the works of the four artists, a conversation is opened on the significance of bronze and its impact upon object and permanence. In choosing to cast in bronze, the artists subject themselves to be represented in their work, calling into question immortalization and monumentality of self.

In representations of the body, of memory, of empowerment, and of self the artists invite viewers to cast opinions and inferences of their own upon the works.


Kristen Elizabeth Donoghue-Stanford is a sculpture artist currently in her final year of her Bachelor of Fine Arts Honours Degree in Visual Arts (Studio) at York University in Toronto, Ontario. Her work focuses upon the themes of femininity, gender dichotomy, and on connections between the past and present as is expressed through the processes of bronze casting, metal fabrication, installation, textile and mixed media arts. 

Rebecca Garcia Echeverria is in her final year of the BFA Honours Degree at York University. She is a First-Generation Canadian-Salvadoran exploring the reconstruction of her memories, identity, and self through means of process based art forms that include metal fabrication, bronze-casting, and film photography.  She recently won a place  in the 2019 Graduate showcase at Gallery 1313 along with the AGYU Best in Show Award for her work “Self-Portrait (Camera) which is currently on display in CASTED.

Allison Helen Garrity often considers herself to be a part of the art that she creates. The process of constructing her thoughts into the physical universe fuses together the tangible and intangible parts of her. She is a  21-year-old Canadian artist, currently in her 4th and final year in the Visual Arts program at York University. She is a prop maker, sculptor, artist and a seeker of exploration. Her work is focused around a variety of materials and processes of the Foundry, Metal working and patterning. As she explores her desire for playfulness, she invite ideas unbound by the adult self, Dissociating assumptions on gender, life and time.

Esther Min-Ji Kim is a Canadian born Korean artist currently in her 5th year at York University majoring in Visual Arts (Studio). She explores concepts of the body through sculptural forms, utilizing her practices of metal fabrication, foundry, mould making and the contrast in medium and scale to evoke ambiguity in a tangible form. Inspired by thoughtful investigation of philosophies of the mind and its relation to the body, her work challenges the viewer’s commonly held assumptions about the world. She opens possibilities for interpretation, instigating cognitive and bodily awareness of the viewer’s subjective self.



Painting Area Group Exhibition
Jan 20 – Jan 30 all-day


[caption id="attachment_99893" align="aligncenter" width="650"]Artwork from 'Painting and Print Media' Exhibition at the Gales Gallery Photo of the 2017 Painting Group Show Photo by Helen Olcott[/caption]

Group show featuring paintings by upper-level students in the Department of Visual Art & Art History.

Gallery Hours
Monday – Thursday, 9am-4:00pm

Free admission

Cassandra Tremblay presents Learning to Grow
Jan 20 @ 10:00 am – Jan 30 @ 3:30 pm

Learning to Grow

Artist: Cassandra Tremblay (3rd Year)

Medium: Printmaking (monoprints, intaglio, screen)

Location: Special Projects Gallery (102 Joan & Martin Goldfarb Centre for Fine Arts)

Dates: January 20-30, 2020

Closing Reception: Wednesday, January 29th @ 2:00pm – 3:30pm

Artist’s Statement:
My work in this series explores the motif of individual growth and the mental challenges, doubt, and confusion that comes with it. Often, the idea of success is romanticized, and we believe that people are simply talented, or just plain lucky. In reality, success is years of hard work, dedication, discipline, and practice. When people see this series, I want them to be reminded that everyone goes through the struggles of learning and chasing their idea of success, but most importantly, that it takes a long time, and this time is just as important as when you finally are an expert. The medium of monoprinting comes into play when thinking about our ever changing perspective. It also highlights the elements of randomness, surprise, and serendipity that we encounter in our lives through the process of physically printing the piece. Each unique print not only represents the growth of learning, but my own artistic journey and the discovery of my passion.

Artist’s bio:
Cassandra Tremblay has been creating art since she could remember. Currently she is in her third year of study at York University and has taken an interest in printmaking, especially monoprinting as it combines painting and drawing with a larger, and more involved, process. Striving for perfection is something she has always struggled with, so this show is a way of working through that while also reminding others that there is beauty in struggling.

Medium: Watercolour Monoprint
Year: 2018
Dimensions: 22×15″




Wavelengths: Group Exhibition
Jan 22 – Jan 30 all-day


“Wavelengths” serves as a celebration of the achievements of our graduating painters of tomorrow. It is a coming together of a diverse array of artistic styles and sensibilities. Most of all, it is a clear illustration that though we may take our creative impulses in different directions, we are always on the same wavelength; that of innovation, expression, and community.

“Wavelengths” is running from January 22nd-30th in the Gales Gallery.

Location: 105 Accolade West Building, York University
Gallery Hours
Monday – Thursday, 9am-4:00pm

Free admission

Wavelengths: Featured Artists
Emilie Lowe
Deanna Gisborne
Liz Tsui
Alicia Takach
Lin Zhu
Rui Cai
Liying Yang
Mello Fang
Sarah Kowalchuk
Alexandra McDougall
Deledda Wong
Yu Yin
Alexa Everest
Li Huang
Alissa Condotta
Cassandra Mostbacher
John Lawler
Sharon Massey
Miri Rozenvain
Cassandra Panaro
Olivia Bagnoli
Julian Gullone
Azka Batool
Kanisha Dabreo