Art Committee: Events



ArtWORK: A Survey of Jobs in Toronto’s Fine Art Community


The Hart House Art Committee invites you to ArtWORK, our second annual FREE career conference!

ArtWORK was started last year as a way to bring graduate and undergraduate students in art history, curatorial, museum and visual studies together with the city’s leading art professionals. The conference is aimed at highlighting a diverse array of art-related work in Toronto’s visual art community. Six speakers, carefully selected from Toronto’s leading and emerging fine art professionals, will present on their work in the field. Come learn about the different aspects of art as a profession, and engage in insightful conversation with our panelists!


Speaking at this years ArtWORK conference will be…

Sara Angel (Art Canada Institute)
Jennifer Davis (KPMB Architects)
Francisco-Fernando Granados (OCADU)
Corrie Jackson (Birch Contemporary)
Lindsay Jackson (Heffel)
Su-Ying Lee (MOCCA)


Please register at:






We are currently looking for a number of Event Coordinators, Promotions Assistants and Technology Assistants for the Education and Outreach Sub-Committee. The E&O Sub-Committee works closely with the Justina M. Barnicke Gallery to develop programmes that offer an educational approach to art. It connects with artists, art students and other art professionals beyond the bounds of the University.

Selected applicants will play an important role in organizing an art conference to take place in March 2014. Last year we brought together nine leading art professionals to speak about their work in a variety of fields such as art conservation, education, independent curating and commercial gallery sales. This year we will be planning a similar event!

Qualifications & Requirements: – Positions are open to students in any year of study. – Applicants in Art History, Visual Studies, Architectural Studies or other art-related programmes are preferred.

– Responsible, motivated, organized and creative.

– Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.

– Requires a consistent time commitment of one hour per week.

– Required to attend all Sub-Committee meetings.

If you are interested, please take a few moments to provide a brief write-up including the following:

1. What is your name, year, program of study and e-mail address?

2. What is the position you are applying for?

3. Are there any goals or project ideas that you would like to contribute to the Education & Outreach subcommittee? If so, can your strengths or past experiences contribute to this?

4. Name one artwork by the winner of the 2013 Sobey Art Award!

Please return the application to on or before December 12th. Selection process will take place soon after your submission. Successful applicants will be contacted by December 19th at the latest. Please e-mail with any questions!



GALLERY TOUR at Susan Hobbs, Birch Libralato, Diaz Contemporary, & Pari Nadimi, 2013

Join the Hart House Art Committee as we tour other galleries in the city, Saturday December 7, 2013.

We will be meeting at Susan Hobbs Gallery at 1:00p.m. We will then proceed to Birch Libralato, Diaz Contemporary and Pari Nadimi Gallery.

Presented by the Hart House Art Committee, Acquisitions Committee.

RUG by XXXX Collective, 2013 


Architect Henry Sproatt purposefully employed the beaux Arts Gothic Revival style in his designs for Hart House such that the building would convey both an ecclesiastical grandeur and the dignity of intellectual pursuit. XXXX Collective repurposes this stylistic history, by appropriating a gothic pattern and having it manufactured as two commercial mats. As an element of interior design that provides warmth and aesthetic beauty, the inconspicuous carpet also provides a literal ground upon which all activity in the space unfolds. Hart House, as a central space of congregation, acts as the bedrock of a vital and diverse university community. As a sort of domestic incarnation of a building’s foundation, the traditional carpet reconceived in Rug incorporates contemporary symbols, objects and imagery into a historical design, humorously amalgamating past and present, ornament and function to echo the larger concerns of the contemporary institution of higher education in these pedestrian, utilitarian objects.

Embedded into the carpet are a number of objects, to start off the search, a few of the objects included are the following:

Power Chords, Pizza Slices, Purses, Earphones, USB connector, Bike Locks, Digital Mice, Twitter Logo, “@”, Faucets, Cookies

And many more for you to find…

RUG, 2013 is supported by Hart House Art Committee Student Projects.

The project will be installed at the following locations in Hart House:

The Map Room located on the 1st floor in the East Wing

The corridor leading to the Justina M. Barnicke Gallery





Presented by the Hart House Art Committee, ArtWORK is a symposium aimed at raising awareness amongst fellow undergraduates of the vast professional possibilities available within Toronto’s artistic community. Nine speakers, carefully selected from Toronto’s leading fine art professionals, will present on their work in the field. The symposium is organized into three panels, consisting of three speakers each. At the end of the presentations, there will be a period where students may direct questions to specific speakers or to the panel as a whole.

Speakers to include: David Silcox (Sotheby’s Canada), Barbara Edwards (Barbara Edwards Contemporary), Sophie Hackett (Assistant Curator of Photography, AGO), Kathleen McLean (Assistant to Education Programming & Outreach, AGO), Francesco Corsaro (Senior Development Officer, Foundation & Corporate Programs, Canadian Opera Company), and more.

The Hart House Art Committee asks that those interested please register

Registration is available on a per panel basis for those unalbe to attend all four hours of the event.

Volume: Hear Here
January 16 – March 10, 2013
Curated by Christof Migone
Co-presented with Blackwood Gallery

Opening Reception at Blackwood Gallery
Wednesday January 16, 5 – 8pm
A FREE shuttle bus will depart at 5:30pm from Mercer Union (1286 Bloor St W.) and return at 8pm. Artists will be in attendance.

Opening Reception at Justina M. Barnicke Gallery
Thursday January 17, 7 – 9pm
Artists will be in attendance.

Volume: Hear Here is conceived around the vexed question of presence in its entwine with absence. An ontological discussion considered through the tenuous objecthood, but resolute materiality of sonic phenomena…
For more information:Current Exhibitions: Justina M. Barnicke Gallery

Hart House, 1765

Hart House Permanent Collection Tour
The next permanent collection tour will take place on January 23, 2013 at 3pm.
If interested, please meet us at the Hart House Hub, five minutes to the hour.
For more questions, please contact

Art Committee Gallery Tour: Beat Nation at The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery
To be held in conjunction with the Power Plant’s Sunday Scene, featuring Anishnawbe-kwe curator Wanda Nanibush: writer, consultant, and media artist extraordinaire.
When: Sunday January 13
Time: 2:00 PM
Where: The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery, 231 Queens Quay West
For more information on future events: Sunday Scene at The Power Plant

A memorial in honour of artist Arnaud Maggs will be held on the 28 NOVEMBER 2012 at 6PM in The Great Hall, Hart House.
A beautiful turn-out. Thank you to Susan Hobbs of Susan Hobbs Gallery and all those who attended.


Michael Snow during the filming of his experimental film “La Région centrale”
1971, 180mins runtime
Photo: ©DW Mediacenter(