Women’s Art Association of Canada is Back in Business and Returns with
Scholarship Recipients Group Show
Dignam Gallery & Ruth Upjohn Gallery
23 Prince Arthur Ave.
Public viewing: Monday – Thursday, 11:00am to 3:00pm
37 works including sculptures, paintings, prints and a video installation.
For the health and safety of everyone, masks are required to be worn inside the building
And please respect social distancing guidelines.

Women’s Art Association of Canada (WAAC) opens its doors and presents its annual Scholarship Recipients Group Show in the beautiful Dignam Gallery and Ruth Upjohn Gallery.

Since 1948, scholarships have been awarded to students pursuing a post-secondary education in the arts. Over the past seven decades, the scholarship program has steadily grown and WAAC is very proud to play a role in the development of artists in the visual, performing and musical arts.

The 2019 OCAD University scholarship recipients are Janeen Gilbert, Katrina Kuras and Young-mi Won. Together, these three outstanding artists have created and curated the group show, which is made up of 37 works including sculptures, paintings, prints and a video installation. The show is currently on exhibit at the Dignam Gallery and Ruth Upjohn Gallery, located at WAAC, 23 Prince Arthur Ave, until August 27. Public viewing is Mondays to Thursdays, 11:00am to 3:00pm. The artists will be on hand at the gallery.

Janeen is a multidisciplinary artist from Toronto who is currently studying Sculpture and Installation at OCAD University. She is the owner and director of Lello Art School, a place for enriching art education. Her work is centred around self-discovery and self-realization, with a strong autobiographical undertone. Janeen believes that materials carry with them their own unique voice and language — and that strong conceptual ideas can only be heightened and strengthened by the nature of the medium.

Katrina is studying Drawing and Painting at OCAD University. She experiments with different techniques, mediums and inspirations in order to create figurative works aimed to heal and inspire. Katrina explores the complexities of beauty standards and body image issues and hopes to inspire dialogue among her viewers.

Born in Korea, Young-mi is a Toronto-based artist studying Drawing and Painting at OCAD University. In her practice, she focuses on the intersection between paint and digital imaging. Interweaving memory, dream and imagination in her art, she skilfully creates alternative realities, embracing escapism as a form of resistance.

WAAC is delighted to resume and reopen its operations and looks forward to having visitors to the landmark building in Yorkville.

For the health and safety of everyone, all patrons are required to wear masks inside the building and to respect social distancing guidelines.

The Scholarship Program of Women’s Art Association of Canada
In 1948, WAAC launched the Scholarship Program for the purpose of supporting students in the arts. The first scholarship was granted to the Ontario College of Art and named after the Association’s founder Mary Ella Dignam. Over the past seven decades the Scholarship Program has steadily grown, and currently the Association presents 17 scholarship awards to students at seven leading arts education institutions. These are OCADU, Sheridan College Art & Art History, Royal Conservatory of Music – Glenn Gould School, The University of Toronto Faculty of Music, Canada’s National Ballet School, George Brown Theatre School, and Ryerson University School of Image Arts. Scholarship recipients are selected by the institutional staff most familiar with student work and excellence. To further nurture the relationship with scholarship recipients WAAC offers a complimentary one-year membership. Funding for the program comes from bequests, individual donors and fundraising activities. Previous scholarship winners include Karen Kain, Rex Harrington, Measha Brueggergosman and Jean Stilwell. If you would like to make a donation to the Women’s Art Scholarship Program please go to the Support/Donations Page.