Our 2019 panel reviewed over 800 applications to bring a new curated mix of fresh and seasoned emerging, established, and student artists and makers to the 58th year of TOAF.
Patrick Cruz is a Filipino-Canadian artist living and working between Toronto, Canada and Quezon City, Philippines. Cruz studied Painting at the University of the Philippines Diliman and received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from Emily Carr University of Art + Design and a Master of Fine Arts at the University of Guelph. In 2015, Cruz won the national title for the 17th annual RBC Canadian Painting Competition and has presented work across North America, Europe and South East Asia. Cruz is the founder of Kamias Special Projects, an artist-run space in Quezon City, Philippines.
Camille Georgeson-Usher is a Coast Salish / Sahtu Dene/Scottish scholar, artist, and writer from Galiano Island, British Columbia which is the land of the Pune’laxutth’ (Penelakut) Nation. Usher completed her MA in Art History at Concordia University. Her thesis, “more than just flesh: the arts as resistance and sexual empowerment,” focused on how the arts may be used as a tool to engage Indigenous youth in discussions of health and sexuality. She is currently a PhD student in the Cultural Studies department at Queen’s University and has been awarded the Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship for her research-creation work around urban Indigenous experiences within Indigenous arts collectives and other groups activating public spaces through gestures both little and big. She has been awarded the 2018 Canadian Art Writing Prize and most recently has had work exhibited in Soundings: an exhibition in five parts at the Agnes Etherington Art Centre in Kingston, Ontario.
Reese de Guzman
Reese de Guzman is a Filipino-Canadian artist, curator and arts manager based in Toronto. She received a BFA in Photography from OCAD University and completed the Culture and Heritage Site Management program at Centennial College's Story Arts Centre. She has curated exhibitions for Scarborough Arts and Black Artists' Networks Dialogue in partnership with Ryerson Image Centre and Gladstone Hotel. She has also coordinated Art in the Park fairs in Scarborough and served as a juror for the 2018 Myseum Intersections festival. She continues to practice photography and is currently a Lead Gallery Attendant at The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery.
Robyn Wilcox is a Toronto-based arts programmer and administrator, focused in design and craft. She holds concurrent positions as the Coordinator of Craft & Design at Harbourfront Centre and the Programs Manager at DesignTO (formerly the Toronto Design Offsite Festival). Robyn has a background in art and architecture and holds a Master of Architecture (Post-Professional) in Cultural Mediations and Technology from McGill University. She has curated and co-curated exhibitions at Harbourfront Centre, Craft Ontario, and Urbanspace Gallery.