Collette Broeders

UWindsor artists join world’s largest public vote competition

A student, a staff member and graduates of the School of Visual Arts are among more than 1700 artists vying for a total of $560,000 in prizes in the world’s largest public vote art competition.

ArtPrize opened yesterday with more than 1500 entries in 161 venues across Grand Rapids, Michigan. Members of the public are invited to vote for their favourites; round one will continue through September 29, when 10 finalists will advance to a five-day second round.

Among the entrants with a UWindsor connection are:

One ten park becomes a working space for four UWindsor artists

Four artists with ties to the University of Windsor’s School of Visual Arts have teamed up to open a working studio in the city’s downtown.

Alumni Arturo Herrera (BFA 2011), Collette Broeders (BFA 2009) and Alana Bartol (BFA 2004) and professor Susan Gold Smith have established their collective enterprise at 110 Park Street West, in the base of Victoria Park Place.

“We were all looking for studio space and we all wanted a space where we were in close contact with other artists—where we could be stimulated by the creative energy of others,” says Bartol.

Art grads occupy local gallery for Mayworks exhibition

Several alumni of the School of Visual Arts are participating in collaborative projects now on display in the Artcite gallery.

A free public reception on Friday, May 4, will celebrate Occupy This! The exhibition features the “Occupy Windsor Documentation Project” by Alana Bartol (BFA 2004) and Collette Broeders (BFA 2006) and “The Break Room” by Teresa Carlesimo (BFA 2011) and Michael DiRisio, an MFA candidate.

The show will be up through May 26; Friday’s reception begins at 7:30 p.m. Artcite is located at 109 University Avenue West.