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Craig Commanda: Wìdjideyamawowin / Interconnection

February 1st - March 16th, 2024
Macrocosmic (extract), 2016

Wìdjideyamawowin brings together Craig Commanda’s work in film, video, beadwork, and other media. Also known as a poet and musician, this artist from Kitigan Zibi territory (near Maniwaki, Quebec) presents work which is a meditation on being, identity, and culture.


Craig Commanda is an Anishnaabe multi-disciplinary artist from Kitigan Zibi First Nation, whose work encompasses film, music, beadwork, poetry, photography, traditional crafts, hide tanning, and digital fabrication.  He holds a BFA in Film Production from Concordia University. 

Vernissage: Thursday, February 1st, 2024 at 5:00pm
Artist Talk: To be confirmed.

Cassie Paine: Pedestrian Values

March 29th - May 4th, 2024
Cassie Paine, Magie, 2020

Pedestrian Values reflects on economic shifts, labour patterns, and development in post-industrial urban cities. Using screen-printing, relief carving, interventionist tactics, and metal casting to alter coded materials and infrastructure found in public space, the installations reveal underlying power structures in urban environments, critiquing capitalist value systems focused on profit and development, and how these ideals are built into our everyday environment. (Cassie Paine)


Growing up in the border city of Windsor, Ontario, the economic precarity of postindustrial cities is a recurring concern in Cassie Paine’s work.  

Vernissage: Thursday, March 28th, 2024 at 5:00pm
Artist Talk: To be confirmed.

Scintilla, Dawson Professional Photography 5th Semester Student Exhibition

December 7th, 2023 - January 15th, 2024
Michelle Andrews, 2023

Dawson’s Department of Photography is proud to present Scintilla, the selected work of  students nearing the end of their three-year program.  Part of their preparation, and requirement to graduate, this exhibition showcases the breadth and depth of their acquired skills, as well as the variety and dynamism of the program which nurtured them.  Included is the work of:  Ruth Aibangbe, Mario Al Khoury, Michelle Andrews, Adriana Balaban, Nina Binetti, Joshua Bubis, Elizabeth Charlton-Febrile, Oriette Constantineau, Laurence Dyotte, Gustavo Gallegos, Jamie Gianfelice, Grace Kennedy, Tommy-Paul Keo, Taylor Kirby, Katherina Kunanec, Samson Marthet, Ekaterina Nurova, Robin, Bahareh Rafati, Marjan Safari, and Sofia Terrigno.

Bahar Taheri: Oneness

October 26th - December 2nd, 2023

Bahar Taheri approaches contemporary concerns through painting, video, and mixed-media installations. Through her practice, she has delved into aspects of gender, identity, collective memory, and historical events, the means through which our socio-political circumstances are shaped.

More recently, her work is subtly moving from figuration to geometric abstraction. In addition, Taheri has been deconstructing buildings; folding and unfolding monumental walls until binaries, absolutes and hierarchies dissolve into a reconstructed rupture from reality.

Her project, Oneness, depicts a utopian universe at the intersection of several countries, cultures, and beliefs.

David Stewart: Cuts from PoCo

September 7th - October 14th, 2023
David Stewart, Westminster After Three Fifteen, 2022

My painting practice has an ambivalent relationship with the history of Canadian landscape painting. I am interested in how romantic notions of nature that correspond with popular modernist Canadian painters often fall apart in a contemporary context.

I use photographs of my suburban hometown of Port Coquitlam as the basis for many of my paintings. While these photographs have a connection to my own history, they also connect to a larger history of Canada and the legacy of colonialism in our country.

Mindset: Selected Work by Dawson Visual Arts Graduates

July 3rd - August 21st, 2023
Zion Axell Favro, Bodies Transcending

Catalina Hernandez Camacho, Zion Axell Fabro, Leen Jaafar, Jona Loomis, Ximena Ribeiro Tamiez, and Alessandro Ruvo present works which evoke a mindset in diverse and playful ways.

These graduates of Dawson’s respected Visual Arts program are distinguished by having began their studies in a global pandemic. Most started their Dawson coursework under partial, or ‘hybrid’ presence in smaller groups courses such as printmaking and sculpture; the rest were carried out in confinement at home, with online lectures and meetings

This was reflected in the work presented in this year’s graduation—a turning of the mind inward, to issues surrounding the self and occasionally family, which leads to the title of this presentation, mindset.

Liminal: Visual Arts Graduating Exhibition

May 19th - June 1st, 2023

The Dawson Fine Arts department is proud to present this year’s graduating student exhibition, entitled Liminal. A culmination of their two years of intensive studies, this exhibition highlights the wide variety of artistic practices explored by the thirty graduating participants. The exhibition will extend from the gallery to Room 2G.4 and the 2G corridor.

Graduating students include: Issa Emmanuelle Albite, Anisia Alexe, Zoë Bleho-Levacher, Marianne Boisseau, Kayliah Della Foresta, Julia Demers, Rowan Michael Draper, Simone Duhamel, Zion Axelle Fabro, Ella Gauthier, Yuan He (Charlotte) Ge, Hichem Gervais, Emie Hamanaka-Delisle, Hannah Hamelin, Catalina Hernandez-Camacho, Leen Jaafar, Teodora Hristova Kachulkova, Jona Loomis, Emlyne Marchand, Anthony Mastrangelo , Roberto Alejandro Nunez Almendarez, Krisha Patel, Raina Proulx-Sanyal, Ming Qi, Anaïs-Aimée Rafaelsen, Ximena Ribeiro Tamez, Alessandro Ruvo, Angel Starnino, Nan Wang, and Le Shui Yu.

Renee Condo: Shifting Perspectives

March 30th - May 6th, 2023
Renee Condo, MNTU series, 2021

My work explores a connecting thread between Mi’gmaw and Eurocentric worldviews, using a visual language that is both symbolic and literal. It is enriched by the history of the bead to carry knowledge, communicate, evoke, and express Spirit. I embrace the bead as infinite potentiality, appearing divided, as part, and at once whole and all-encompassing. (Renee Condo)

Renee Condo (b.1979) is a contemporary visual artist of Mi’gmaw ancestry from the community of Gesgapegiag, Quebec.

Nadia Myre and Nico Williams: Filiations

February 2nd - March 18th, 2023
Nadia Myre, Were you to pick a star? 2022

Filiations features new work by Nadia Myre (Kitigan Zibi), and Nico Williams (Aamjiwnaang), both acclaimed artists who are linked by their former teacher-student relationship (Myre supervised Williams’ MFA work at Concordia University). This exhibition will draw out lines of affiliation and commitment in their practices providing an unparalleled opportunity to see two generations of artists staking out common ground – pedagogically, aesthetically, and politically.

Nadia Myre and Nico Williams in conversation


Untitled: Dawson College Commercial Photography

December 19th, 2022 - January 10th, 2023

Untitled is a varied collection of images presented by the fall 2022 graduates of Dawson’s AEC Commercial Photography Program.

Seven students, including Fiona Campanelli, Valeria Cori-Manocchio, Surah Field-Green, Nicholas Gagnon, Molière Solon, Nadim Zakkour and Atena Zare, showcase their work in portraiture, fashion, product, sports photography and more. Their adventure at Dawson began in an unusual way–on a computer instead of in a classroom. Pursuing photography during a global pandemic wasn’t always easy, but they learned to hone their craft, and present their achievements with pride here.

Pareidolia: Dawson College Professional Photography

December 8th - 15th, 2022
Mateo Vega Cantu

Pareidolia is the ability to see or make pictures out of randomness. Seeing beyond what the average person sees and expressing that vision in an image is a large part of training to be a photographer. This collection of work by Dawson’s third-year photography students embodies how they see people, places or objects in their world.

Twenty two students are showing their work, including: Ayah Alatrash, Yisségnon-Chris Avosse, Sophie Becquet, Samuel Bermudez Fernandez, Lemuel Campbell, Mark Cedeno Moreno, Emma Cloghesy, Emma Diz-Giguère, Jilliane Flores, Jade Franco-Ehrmann, Alexe Grignard, Elizabeth Huppé, Sandra Kucko, Desireen Layne, Bramanda Mahaputra, Nour Naggar-Osama, Maya Naidu, Thibault Quach, Damon Roloff, Bianca Tedeschi, Mateo Vega Cantu, and Daphné Voisine.

Fine Arts Faculty Biennial 15

November 3rd - December 3rd, 2022
David Baumflek, Poor Relations, ceramic, 2002

Biennial 15 marks 30 years of Dawson Fine Arts Faculty members exhibiting their current art works at the Warren G. Flowers Art Gallery. It continues this long tradition of investigating the relationship between art making and learning, as well as reflects on the history of the biennial.

All faculty—past and present—of the Fine Arts department will have images and texts in the catalogue which accompanies the exhibition. There will also be a sound component containing faculty’s responses to the question of how the biennial has played a role in the pedagogical innovations of Dawson’s reputed Fine Arts Department.

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