About Our Artist Instructors
- Kelley Aitken
- Aleks Bartosik
- Allison Crawford
- Lynn Crosbie
- Grace Dubery
- Janieta Eyre
- Sarah Febbraro
- Claire Greenshaw
- Jim Hake
- Brian Hoxha
- Kerry Kim
- Bogdan Luca
- Carol Matson
- Nick Ostoff
- Brian Piitz
- Lauren McKinley Renzetti
- Lisa Richardson
- Fiona Smyth
- Michael Toke
Through the 80’s and 90’s my work was primarily narrative: dream landscapes and figurative works that used the geography of the body to map psychological and emotional states. These works were executed on canvas, wood, and paper in mixed media and painterly collage. I continue to work with figurative imagery at a larger scale in gouache, acrylic wash, ink, graphite, encaustic and papercut.
Kelley Aitken's teaching focus and specialty is drawing and mixed media.
Aleks Bartosik works figuratively and most often large-scale, where she combines drawing elements in painting, sculpture, performance and installation, and film/video. Bartosik’s work explores the boundaries between the real and the imaginary often depicting the artist as the protagonist within invented narratives.
Aleks Bartosik's teaching focus and specialty is painting and drawing, especially figurative.
Allison Crawford is a Psychiatrist and Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto, where she is the Director of the Northern Psychiatric Outreach Program and Telepsychiatry at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. Her academic and research interests include medicine and the healthcare humanities; psychiatric outreach; and Inuit mental health and wellness. She is a PhD candidate in the Department of English at UofT; her dissertation focuses on the role of visuality in narrative.
She is Editor-in-Chief and a founding editor of Ars Medica: A Journal of Medicine, the Arts and Humanities. Through a partnership between the University of Toronto and the AGO, Allison and Lisa co-teach an innovative studio class that brings together medical teaching and looking at art.
Lynn Crosbie is a Ph.D and novelist/poet, whose latest book is Where Did You Sleep Last Night (House of Anansi, 2015.) Her new collection of poems, The Corpses of the Future will appear, with Anansi, in 2017, nd has been excerpted, so far, in The Walrus, Numero Cinq, Matrix, Brick and elsewhere, She has taught creative writing at U of T, OCAD, Rutgers, Guelph and Workman Arts, and is a mentor at U of T’s graduate program. She is an editor and award-winning journalist, who has written about sports, fashion, crime, pop culture, astrology and politics.
Lynn Crosbie's teaching focus and specialty is writing and poetry.
Grace's teaching draws from various yoga traditions. Using a non-dogmatic approach, she views the physical practice as a gateway, not an end in itself. Her Vinyasa Flow classes are creative, dynamic, attentive to technique and alignment, and always include variations suitable for all levels of experience. Grace believes that an individual’s journey inward must ultimately lead back outward, to engagement with the community, and that the teachings of yoga are not intended to be confined to the mat. This inspires her to deepen her commitment to development projects, both locally and abroad. For her, yoga is meant to expand greater stillness within the self. Her ultimate goal, in practice and in teaching, is to inhabit that space more frequently and more comfortably.
Janieta Eyre (b. 1966) studied philosophy at Toronto University, then magazine journalism at Ryerson Polytechnic University and photography at the Ontario College of Art and Design. She took up photography professionally in 1995. In her distinctive self-portraits, she frequently presents herself as a set of twins, engaging with the possibility of morphous identities and fictional doubles. Often employing fantastic and carnivalesque settings, she uses props and costumes to disrupt the fixity of image and identity. She manipulates the theatricality at play in her work by incorporating art-historical and literary references, while leaving space for the integration of fictional representations. Janieta's show Selected Poems at the Mulherin & Pollard Projects NYC launches November 8th.
Janieta Eyre's teaching focus and specialty is photography.
Sarah’s art practice incorporates performance, video, documentary, installation, community engagement, social practice and drawing and aims to blur the boundaries between popular culture, community engagement, art education and contemporary art. She often creates and facilitates structured programs for children, teens, seniors and adults to participate in, such as talk shows, talent shows, dating shows, dance classes, cooking classes, walking tours, video portraiture and documentary style interviews; resulting in online and public video screenings, installations and performances. She received her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2008 and has exhibited her work in festivals and galleries internationally including The Power Plant (Toronto), Mess Hall (Chicago), Art City (Winnipeg), Whitney Biennial (NYC), Disjecta Space (Portland), La Centrale (Montreal, QC), Skulpturenpark (Berlin, Germany), and Blackwood Gallery (Toronto, ON).
Claire Greenshaw received her BFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in Halifax, Canada in 2002 and her MFA from the Glasgow School of Art in 2009. Greenshaw has shown in many group exhibitions across Canada, in the UK, USA and Sweden, including shows at The Night Gallery, Los Angeles; The Khyber Arts Centre, Halifax; and The Royal Standard, Liverpool. Her solo exhibitions include Sweet Geranium, Glasgow; Hunter and Cook HQ, Toronto; and Helen Pitt Artist Run Centre, Vancouver. Claire Greenshaw is also co-editor/designer of Millions magazine.
Claire Greenshaw's teaching focus and specialty is sculpture and drawing.
Jim Hake received his BFA in sculpture at the Maryland Institute, College of Art in 1990, a MA in sculpture at California State University, Sacramento in 1994 and a MFA in sculpture at the Henry Radford Hope School of Fine Arts, Indiana University, Bloomington in 1996. After graduation, Hake moved to Turin, Italy and became an Italian citizen where he began his career as a professional sculptor and teacher. Before moving to Toronto in 2008, Jim Hake has shown his work extensively throughout Italy and Europe, in particular, Milan, Bologna, Venice, Lugano, Stockholm, and London. In the past 5 years, Hake has mounted 5 solo exhibitions throughout Ontario. He is currently represented by Lonsdale Gallery.
Jim Hake's teaching focus and specialty is sculpture.
Brian Hoxha is a painter, printmaker and educator whose work explores the natural world. Taking inspiration by painting on location in Ontario, and journeying to areas as diverse as Western Canada, Newfoundland and Montana, Hoxha works in both oil and watercolour. He also has a studio-based practice in which he translates painted works into etchings, lithographs, and woodcuts. Hoxha is currently being represented by Open Studio, Gallery 133, The Denison Gallery, Art Interiors, Tracey Capes F.A., Gallery Noveau in Regina, Saskatdhewan, Gibson Fine Arts in Calgary, and the Christina Parker Gallery in St. John’s N.F. Brian Hoxha currently teaches Introduction to Printmaking.
Brian Hoxha's teaching focus and specialty is printmaking and painting.
Kerry Kim regards drawing as a vehicle for exploration of chaotic visual reality while he does not imbue his works with symbolism, nor does he merely record what he sees. Rather, he draws out the structural movement within the human form, thus conveying thoughts and emotions that otherwise could not be elucidated. Kerry graduated from Ontario College of Art and Design in 1981 and studied old master drawings in Florence, Italy. He taught drawing and painting at the Art Gallery of Ontario, Dundas Valley School of Art, Sheridan College, Centennial College and Ontario College of Art and Design. He is presently the director of Mississauga Valley School of Art. Kerry’s works have been represented through many group and solo shows.
Kerry Kim's teaching focus and specialty is drawing and painting.
Bogdan was born in Romania and has been living in Toronto since 1994. After graduating from Sheridan College's Classical Animation program, he worked in the animation world in various roles including animator, designer, concept artist, storyboard artist and art director. Bogdan also studied at OCAD University and the University of Toronto. Since 2010 he works as a drawing and painting instructor in the Faculty of Art at OCAD University. Bogdan has exhibited his work in Canada, Italy, Romania, Germany and the US. He isrepresented by Neubacher Shor Contemporary Gallery in Toronto.
Bogdan Luca's teaching focus and specialty is painting and drawing.
Carol Matson was born in Vancouver, B.C. and attended the University of British Columbia, where she was granted a B.Ed. with a Double Art Major. After spending time in London, England, Carol completed an Honours Degree in Printmaking from the Emily Carr School of Art and Design, and at Concordia University in Montreal where she received a Masters in Art Education, with Studio Studies. Carol taught at Concordia in the Fine Arts Department before moving to Toronto. Her paintings are in collections in Canada and the United States.
Carol Matson's teaching focus and specialty is painting and drawing.
Nick Ostoff received a BFA from the Ontario College of Art and Design in 1999, and a MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2012, where he also won the George and Ann Segal Graduate Fellowship. He has received numerous grants and fellowships, and was a semi-finalist in the 2005 RBC Painting Competition. Ostoff's work is included in important corporate and public collections including: Royal Bank of Canada, Osler Hoskin and Harcourt, Kleinfeldt Mychjlowycz Architects, McCarthy Tetrault, Agnes Etherington Art Centre (Queen's University) and Doris McCarthy Gallery (University of Toronto). Recently, Ostoff's work was featured in the group exhibition, More Than Two (Let It Make Itself), at the Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery in Toronto. He has also had recent solo exhibitions at Devening Projects and Zolla/Lieberman Gallery, in Chicago, IL. Ostoff is represented by Diaz Contemporary in Toronto.
Nick Ostoff's teaching focus and specialty is painting and drawing.
Brian Piitz lives and works in Toronto. He graduated from Ryerson Polytechnic in 1986. Since 1984, he has exhibited in solo and group shows nationally and internationally. His work was included in the touring exhibitions Persistent Documents (1995-2000), The Pressing of Flesh (1993-1995) and The Body-Le Corps (1993-1994). He was a founding member of the Blanket Artist Collective and the Phoebe Street Project. Piitz has been an instructor of photography since 1999 and is presently a photography studio instructor at York University.
Brian Piitz's teaching focus and specialty is photography.
Lauren McKinley Renzetti
Lauren McKinley Renzetti's teaching focus and speciality is printmaking and mixed media.
Lisa Richardson is an award-winning clinician-teacher in the University of Toronto's Division of General Internal Medicine. Her formal education is diverse, and includes a Bachelor's degree from McGill University with Majors in English Literature and Biology and a Master's degree in the field of Science and Technology Studies. She completed her MD at the University of Calgary followed by residency and fellowship training at the University of Toronto. Her academic interest lies in the integration of critical, non-bioscientific perspectives into medical education. She currently practices at the Toronto Western Hospital where she is Site Director for the Core Internal Medicine Residency Program and is an active member of the Ho Ping Kong Center for Excellence in Education and Practice. She is Faculty co-Lead in Indigenous Health Education for the University of Toronto's medical school and is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine.
Through a partnership between the University of Toronto and the AGO, Allison and Lisa co-teach an innovative studio class that brings together medical teaching and looking at art.
Since graduating from OCADU in 1986, Fiona Smyth has covered Toronto and elsewhere with her distinctive female charged graphics. Her art practice includes painting, murals, animation, zines, comics, and illustration. Fiona's extensive exhibition history has included group shows at the Art Gallery of York University, the Art Gallery of Mississauga, and the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art. Her art works have exhibited internationally in the USA, Mexico, Berlin, France, Venice, Taiwan, Korea, and Japan. Fiona teaches illustration and cartooning at OCADU.
A collection of Fiona’s Exclaim comics Cheez 100 was published by Pedlar Press in 2001. Her first graphic novel The Never Weres was published by Annick Press in 2011. Fiona illustrated Cory Silverberg’s Kickstarter funded picture book What Makes A Baby in 2012, re-released by Seven Stories Press in May 2013. The follow up book Sex Is A Funny Word will be released by summer 2015.
Michael Toke is a Toronto based visual / installation artist, born Hamilton 1964. Attending Sheridan College and OCA in the 1980s, moved to NYC and worked as head assistant to J.S.G. Boggs a commerce based performance artist. Exhibiting internationally in art and film venues. His installations combine painting, video and sculpture hung on a conceptual armature of documentary film practice.
Michael Toke's teaching focus and specialty is painting.