Open Studios and Symposium
Western University

Upset & Disarray: Re-Presenting the Museum (10am-5pm).
2016 Visual Arts Graduate Symposium

Open Studios (1-8pm)

Friday, March 11th, 2016.

The free bus from Toronto to London, and back again, is confirmed!!! Please rsvp to with your full name and names of any other guests travelling with you.  If interested please RSVP by Friday, March 04th:

John Labatt Visual Arts Centre, Western University, London, Ontario.

Western University Arts & Humanities and the Department of Visual Arts invite you to attend the 2016 BFA/MFA/PhD Open Studios and Graduate Symposium.

Last year’s Open Studios was a HUGE success, and this year we want to make it even better. To do so we’ve planned to show a ton of great art by a ton of talented artists in the BFA Practicum, MFA, and Studio PhD programs! This year’s Open Studios (1-8pm) will run in conjunction with the 2016 Visual Arts Graduate Symposium, Upset & Disarray: Re-Presenting the Museum (10am-5pm).

Mindful of the stakes at play in the museum’s role as cultural conduit, Upset and Disarray investigates diverse and challenging strategies that promote innovation rather than stagnation, fluidity rather than austerity. This symposium collects timely graduate presentations that address a range of topics, reconfiguring relations between the institutional, the curatorial, and the cultural. An afternoon professional panel of guest speakers and a Keynote speaker will be announced shortly.

Professional Panel: Srimoyee Mitra and Josh Thorpe. Further panelists TBA
Graduate Presenters: Taylor Davison, Genevieve Flavelle, Keely McCavitt, Samantha Noseworthy, Katie Oates, and Carling Spinney.

Schedule is as follows:

10am – 5pm: Art History Graduate Symposium:
⚡ 10:00 – 12:30: Graduate Panels
⚡ 2:00 – 3:30: Professional Panel
⚡ 3:30 – 5:00 Keynote

1pm – 8pm: MFA, PhD, and BFA Practicum Open Studios

5pm: Dinner in Concourse Gallery
6pm: Searching for Grey Owl, Performance by Michael Farnan
7pm: Robotic Expressionism, a screening of film works by Tom Sherman co-presented by Artlab Gallery, LOMAA, and VibraFusionLab
8pm: Afterparty at Forest City Gallery (258 Richmond St)

Refreshments, lunch and light dinner provided.

Live in Toronto and want to attend? We will be running a FREE COACH BUS from Toronto to London and back, scheduled as follows:
11:00am: Depart Mercer Union (1286 Bloor Street West)
8:00pm: Depart Visual Arts Centre for Toronto
Please RSVP for the bus with your full name:

More information about the Symposium or Open Studios can be found here on our Facebook page or Akimbo:



An overview of the day is as follows:
10am – 5pm: Graduate Symposium: Upset & Disarray: Re-Presenting the Museum

1pm – 8pm: MFA’s, PhD’s and BFA Practicum Open Studios.

8pm – 10pm: After-Party at Forest City Gallery.


Light meals and refreshments will be provided throughout the day.



For travelling comfort and ease, we are excited to offer a FREE COACH BUS running from Toronto to London and back the same night. The bus schedule is as follows:

11:00am: Depart Toronto from Mercer Union (1286 Bloor St W)
8:15pm: Depart Visual Arts Centre back to Mercer Union


If interested please RSVP by Friday, March 04th:
If you have any questions or comments please do not hesitate to contact the Open Studios/Symposium Organizing Committee at this email address. (