In the Moment: 2021 Studio Art Graduate Exhibition


In the Moment, Exhibition View, 2021

2021 Studio Art Graduate Exhibition

University of Toronto Scarborough: Department of Arts, Culture and Media

April 16 – July 17, 2021

Works by Laura Alcazar Prada, Zi Yan Bai, Andrew Chan, Kelly Chan, Xiao Chen, William Chow, Jaihan Dean, Andy Fang, Michelle Huang, Hyebin Kim, Bethany Lam, Sejin Lee, Fiona Li, Michelle Lim, Jiaqi Lin, Yunting Liu, Honpan Lung, Ujwal Mantha, Sophia Parker, Noah Qin, Sylvie Stojanovski, Katie Tang, Lydia Tippins, Yu Wu, Qingya Yang, and Zeyu Zhang

We are pleased to announce In the Moment, the 2021 U of T Scarborough Studio Art Graduate Show, featuring the research, creative, and production work of twenty-six of our students.

This past year has been a difficult and transformative time in our history that has changed the way we interact and learn from one another. The COVID-19 pandemic has brought to light significant political and environmental challenges for us to face as a society. From protests led by movements like Black Lives Matter and Stop Asian Hate, to environmental catastrophes like the hurricanes in Central America and massive flash floods in Afghanistan, our planet has been in desperate need for healing.

Together, the works in this exhibition share an intense awareness of this moment in time and the hope and potential for the future. In the Moment highlights this acute sense of urgency for this particular moment that we find ourselves within. Individual projects face the world head on and grapple with important concepts such as the climate crisis, race, survival, and connection.

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Public Programming: Studio Art Student Panels


In conjunction with In the Moment, the Studio Art program and the Doris McCarthy Gallery are hosting two virtual panel discussions that take a deeper look at some the themes and projects included in the exhibition, featuring presentations from students about their work and a conversation moderated by two esteemed guests: museum educator, Melissa Mertsis, and art critic, John Nyman.

In the Moment: Emotional Resonance
Tuesday, April 27
7 – 8:30 pm ET
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Moderated by Melissa Mertsis in conversation with artists:
Zi Yan Bai: Mourn and Comfort
Jaihan Dean: Soul Ties
Ujwal Mantha: Headspace
Noah Hanyue Qin: The Heart of You

In the Moment: Shifting Environments
Thursday, April 29
7 – 8:30 pm ET
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Moderated by John Nyman, in conversation with artists:
Laura Alcazar Prada: Mis Raíces
Honpan Lung: Internet Frustration
Sophie Parker: The Buddha’s Aura
Sylvie Stojanovski: Semblance Scapes

Melissa Mertsis is a second-year Master of Museum Studies professional interested in education and programming. Throughout the completion of her Master’s degree, Melissa focused her research projects on hands-on learning and free-choice learning environments, in addition to creating various arts- and science-based programs for families and youth. Melissa’s capstone project included the creation of The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery’s 2021 Family Guide, encouraging children and their families to think critically about contemporary art and engage with the artworks in a meaningful way. Melissa is passionate about the power that artistic expression holds for mental well-being, and is a strong advocate for arts-based therapy and mindfulness activities. In her spare time, Melissa enjoys knitting, exploring watercolours, and practicing calligraphy and card-making.

John Nyman is a poet and critic from Toronto. He has published both traditional and experimental poetry in chapbooks (most recently The Devil, 2020) and a trade collection (Players, 2016), and his reviews of books, visual art, and the performing arts have been featured in magazines such as Broken Pencil, Border Crossings, C Magazine, and Opera Canada. In 2018 he completely his PhD in Theory and Criticism at Western University, where he studied Jacques Derrida’s “writing under erasure” and the hybrid literary/visual genre of erasure poetry. John currently serves on the editorial committee for Peripheral Review and is a member of the plumb art gallery collective.


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University of Toronto Scarborough
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