Our expert jurors scoured over 750 applications to bring you yet another exciting mix of seasoned and fresh voices in addition to a very dynamic roster of students.
Art Collector and Broadcast Executive at Corus Entertainment
Marni Goldman is an art collector who cannot pass up an art piece that calls out to her. Her collection of hundreds of works includes contemporary paintings, sculpture, mixed media, photography, ceramics, and screen prints by artists both established and emerging from across Canada and abroad. Marni is a senior media leader with over 25 years of experience as a production executive, producer, writer and director on a wide range of television programming. She is currently a Production Executive with Corus Entertainment. Marni has served on many juries in both the art and media worlds, including the Canadian Screen Awards, Banff Rockie Awards, and Centennial’s Clix Photo Contest.
Anu Raina is an Oakville based Textile artist and designer. Raina graduated with several awards from the Textile program at the Sheridan College, Oakville in 2010. In the same year she was selected as an Artist-in-residence at the Harbourfront Centre in Toronto and saw her artwork exhibited at the Toronto Pearson International Airport. She debuted her ready to wear clothing and accessories collection at the Toronto Fashion Week in October of 2010. Raina was nominated by Ontario colleges for the 2012 Ontario Premier's Award for outstanding achievement by recent graduates. Since then, she has done exclusive collaborations with several prestigious organizations such as eBay Canada, The Law Society of Upper Canada, Keilhauer and Art Gallery of Ontario. Her Skyline print was selected by Textile Museum of Canada for a contemporary art exhibit in New York and London, England recently. Raina has been featured in national newspapers like The Toronto Star, The Globe and Mail, National Post, CBC Radio, CTV, and several mainstream fashion publications. She currently lives in Oakville, Ontario with her husband and two children.
Janet Macpherson studied ceramics at Sheridan College, and earned her MFA at The Ohio State University. Janet has exhibited her work extensively in Canada and the United States, including Slate Gallery in Regina, and the Sculpture Center in Cleveland, Ohio. She has recently had a solo exhibition at the Gardiner Museum, and was one of NCECA’s 2018 Emerging Artists. Janet was the 2013 recipient of the Winifred Shantz Award for Ceramics, and has been awarded several grants from the Ontario Arts Council, The Canada Council for the Arts and Craft Ontario. She has been an artist-in-residence in the Craft and Design studios at Harbourfront Centre, and at the Zentrum für Keramik in Berlin Germany. Janet lives and works in Toronto.
OCAD professor and Artist
Gary Taxali is a contemporary Canadian fine artist, illustrator, and Professor at OCAD University. His retro stylized art, reminiscent of depression era artwork, advertising, typography and packaging, has earned him hundreds of international awards. Taxali’s artwork has a high brow/low brow appeal, and consists of original stylized characters, iconography, and symbols reminiscent of the 1930s best described as "pop art”. His artwork has been exhibited in galleries and museums around the world including The Jonathan LeVine Gallery, The Whitney Museum of American, The Andy Warhol Museum, and the Contemporary Art Museum in Rome. He has collaborated with various brands including Canadian men’s retailer Harry Rosen on custom-designed silk pocket squares, six Gary Taxali celebration coins for the Royal Canadian Mint, and with musician Aimee Mann on her album "Smilers”, which earned a 2009 Grammy Award Nomination for Best Art Package. Taxali's illustrations have appeared in every major magazine including Rolling Stone, GQ, The New York Times, Newsweek, and The New Yorker. He lives and works in Toronto.