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The DMG is committed to offering mentorship and professional practice opportunities to students at the University of Toronto, on both the undergraduate and graduate level. Internships and placements often have a public presentation component, enabling students to present their work with the community while benefitting from the supervision and guidance of DMG staff.

Past Events

May 4 - 16, 2019
Cedar Ridge Gallery (225 Confederation Drive)
Co-presented by the DMG and Cedar Ridge Creative Centre

Curated by Rashana Youtzy, Undergraduate student, Department of Arts, Culture, & Media, U of T Scarborough

Works by Reem Al-Wakeal, Regina Caeli Dela Cruz, Christopher Dela Cruz, Doro H, Jade Liao, Wei Luo, Yara Matta, Jennille Neal, Kachely Peters, and Eric Slyfield

Curated by and featuring work by students from University of Toronto Scarborough, Reflections explores different ways in which identity can be considered, defined, and understood, looking at family and inherited narratives, places that shape perspective, and ideas of self-care.

April 12 - 17, 2019
U of T Scarborough Studio Art program graduating exhibition

Works by Annie Song, Caleb Y. Tao, Caitlyn Coll, Christopher Dela Cruz, Christopher Williams, Iori Matsushima, Jade Liao, Jason Chow, Jingru Emma Zhao, Calvin Moon, Kachely Peters, Kimberly Hoang, Louisa Hsu, Maliha Fazle, Mingda Jia, Nive Sridharan, Romina Saravi, Sabrina Yip, Shiyuan Kenny Liu, Rui Hu, Wei Luo, Xuanheng He, Yemmy Cen Wu, Zhouzuo Kristy Chen

Wunderkammer (trans: Room of Wonders), presents a contemporary rendition of a traditional cabinet of curiosities. Originating in 16th century Europe, these cabinets were known historically for their spectacular and unique objects, holding personal idiosyncratic collections that often exhibited the development of taxonomies and its relationship of one species to another. There are, however, colonial remains embedded within the act of collecting: notions of violent exoticism and the Eurocentric Chain of Being. The collectors prioritized acts of acquisition as a part of political and capital gain. In contrast, this exhibition overturns hierarchies by approaching the wunderkammer as individual artists coming together to create a consensual collective energy. Ranging from drawing and painting to sculpture and multimedia installation, the works exhibited delve into a plethora of juxtapositions that link the interior to exterior, humanity to other species, self to others, and the past to the present. Amid the complex layers of each narrative, Wunderkammer creates a space for the collective power of connection that can exist in the spaces in-between.

This exhibition is the culmination of the work produced by students in two senior-level Studio Art courses within the Department of Arts, Culture & Media at the University of Toronto Scarborough, taught by Yael Brotman and Lee Goreas.


May 2 - 10, 2018
Cedar Ridge Gallery (225 Confederation Drive)
Co-presented by the DMG and Cedar Ridge Creative Centre

Curated by Zoe Harvey and Tiffany Zhan, Undergraduate students, Department of Arts, Culture, & Media, U of T Scarborough

Works by Maria Patricia Abuel, Ruba AlWakeal, Larissa Chahley, Christopher Dela Cruz, Idil Djafer, Jasmine Feng, Matana Geraghty, Iori Matsushima, Alan Peng & Nayeon Kim, Claudia Wong, Kelly Zurita

House(hold) looks at how each of us are deeply linked to the places and people from which we come. Though ordinary and everyday materials, objects and gestures, the artists in this exhibition consider how that which is taken for granted can have great impact in the shaping of identity. Each artwork provides a perspective through which the artist has revealed an intimate part of themselves: routines, relationships, family, culture or politics. Placing the familiar in a different context, and carefully considering the banal or mundane, the artists suggest profound new meanings.

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May 3 - 11, 2017
Cedar Ridge Gallery (225 Confederation Drive)
Co-presented by the DMG and Cedar Ridge Creative Centre

Curated by Olivia Wallace, recent U of T Scarborough graduate (BA, Arts Management, Studio & Art History)

Works by Maria Patricia Abuel, Ruba AlWakeal, Patrick Atienza, Carol Cheong, Allison Clayton, Idil Djafer, Claudia Han, Zoë Harvey, Katie Kirk, Sally Pang, Yuan Ping, Nishkka Vora, Claudia Wong

Featuring work by students from University of Toronto Scarborough, Chroma/Chronicle presents works that consider narrative, colour and the intersection of both. The exhibition explores the artists’ use of colour and connects this to their investigations of identity and storytelling.

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MVS Curatorial Studies Graduating Exhibition
for there are many stories here
April 20 - May 20, 2017

Curated by Jaclyn Quaresma
Graduate student, Masters of Visual Studies (Curatorial Stream), University of Toronto

This exhibition brings together works that address multiple iterations of here, from the specific location of the exhibition to the expanded notions of place and presence. This geographic exploration asks: how do the stories that are located in this place carry over time? for there are many stories here engages in a conversation that spans some 40,800 years between contemporary, historic, and prehistoric woman-identified artists and writers. Central to the conversation is the consideration of agential acts performed by Andrea Chung, Doris McCarthy, Ana Mendieta, Shelley Niro, Elizabeth Simcoe, Leanne Betasamosake Simpson and Alize Zorlutuna. The stories take the form of archive ephemera, books and diaries, soundscape and video, each one pursuing self-determination as a form of resistance and remembrance.

Endless Column (after Constantin Brancusi)

Master of Museum Studies Student Exhibition
Place Settings: Diasporic Food Identities
June 22 – July 3, 2016

Curated by Anya Baker, Leah Moncada, Madeline Smolarz

Works by Basil AlZeri, Tonia Di Risio, Susana Reisman

The artists in Place Settings explore their personal, professional, and diasporic identities through their own domestic experiences with food: preparation, cooking, the presentation of a meal, and eating. The artists seek to reconcile memories of their ancestral homelands with the ramifications of complex patterns of geographic dispersion and relocation. This process is associated with the expression and negotiation of identity in unfamiliar locations. Each work speaks to the universality of eating and the labours behind it, the role of food in constructing social bonds, and its contribution to the assertion of identity and redefining communal relationships.

This exhibition is presented in conjunction with the Scarborough Fare: Global Foodways and Local Foods in a Transitional City Conference of North American Food associations, June 22 – 26, 2016 at the University of Toronto Scarborough. The conference is hosted by the University of Toronto’s hub for food studies research, Culinaria Research Centre (CRC).


Well Played

Well Played
May 2 - 12, 2016
Cedar Ridge Gallery (225 Confederation Drive)
Co-presented by the DMG and Cedar Ridge Creative Centre

Curated by Emily Minjoo Jung and Celeste Hamilton, Undergraduate students, Studio Program, Department of Arts, Culture, & Media, UTSC

Works by Maria Patricia Abuel, Patrick Atienza, Daniel Bernal, Yiling Chen, Elvina Chu, Allison Clayton, Tian Lu, T.J. Yang, Alma Yuan, Runxin Jennifer Zheng

Featuring works by students from University of Toronto Scarborough, Well Played reclaims dominant discourses through satire and play. The works in the exhibition use a range of interactive strategies to grapple with unsustainable human consumption, expropriation of homes, the inaccessibility of historical masterpieces, the role of the artist, and the search for meaning in the everyday.

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Rachelle Sawatsky

MVS Curatorial Studies Graduating Exhibition
How a Living Day is Made
April 22 - June 11, 2016

Curated by cheyanne turions
Graduate student, Masters of Visual Studies (Curatorial Stream), University of Toronto

How a Living Day is Made is an exhibition about survival strategies that features the work of Aisha Sasha John, Rachelle Sawatsky and Walter Scott. Their practices open up places of affect, empathy and entanglement, staking a claim for the vibrancy of being recovered from the banal, systemic or heroic struggles of making a life in the world today.



Axe Head / University of Toronto Art Exchange

The University of Toronto's Master of Visual Studies students were invited to submit a proposal for an exhibition and exchange project between the University of Toronto (MVS and the Doris McCarthy Gallery), and the University of the Basque Country (Paraninfo UPV/EHU) in Bilbao, Spain. A panel of jurors selected one work from the submissions by the U of T, as well as the University of Basque Country graduate students, The works were exhibited in the summer of 2016 on-site at each location. At the end of the exhibition period the students on either side of the Atlantic retain one another's work.

The winning submission from U of T was Fraser McCallum’s Three Students and Teacher and from University of Basque Country, José Luis Ochoa’sVerloren, del alemán “perdido”.

The Axe Head Art Exchange project is coordinated by ARMAR, an artist collective based in the Basque Country in northern Spain, and Bill Clarke, an arts writer based in Toronto (Modern Painters, ArtReview, Canadian Art).

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MVS Curatorial Studies Graduating Exhibition
You Speak / I Dance
April 23 - May 23, 2015

Curated by Nam-In KIm
Graduate student, Masters of Visual Studies (Curatorial Stream), University of Toronto

You Speak / I Dance is concerned with Homo loquens. Language, as the dominant medium for human communication, presumes the encounter and the interface of different subjectivities. You Speak / I Dance presents works that question the possibilities and the discrepancies of the way in which language functions. Particularly resonating with the situations of education, translation, and instruction, the artists’ works included in this exhibition reveal the way language plays between us and how it locates and dislocates what we believe to be communicated. Witnessing effects of inclusion, exclusion and alienation, this exhibition invites us to sense the tension of expectation and betrayal oscillating in our habitual use of language.


We're Home
April 9 - 29, 2015
Cedar Ridge Gallery (225 Confederation Drive)
Co-presented by the DMG and Cedar Ridge Creative Centre

Curated by Tiffany Schofield & Daniel Griffin Hunt
Undergraduate students, Studio, UTSC

Works by Daniele Dennis, Nabiha Haider, Barbara Kiriakidis, Henry Heng Lu, Dorica Manuel, Bria Martin, Shantel Miller, Yuheng Song, Rhenix Shi, Jordyn Stewart

Featuring work by students from University of Toronto Scarborough, We’re Home activates Cedar Ridge Gallery - once a residential home - by creating dialogue that navigates the notion of the home as a domestic experience, the home as a place of diasporic exchange, and the home as an overarching architectural body.

2D or Not 2D
Advanced Seminar 2D Showcase
November 20 - 27, 2014

Doris McCarthy Gallery

Work by Surbhi Bhangu, Rebecca Chan, Hannah Guo, Nabiha Haider, Terrence Howl, Amna Huda, Lauren Kadoski, Crystal Li, Echo Qiuping Li , Brandon Yukon Lu, Henry Heng Lu, Yishan Lu, Tahira Mursleen, Victor Park, Nana Ren, Eric Tang, Hellen Wang, Janice Wong

Organized by Juliana Pivato


Gallery 1265 & DMG Vitrines
November 24 - 28, 2014

Works by students in VPSD55 - Advanced Special Topics in Studio
Organized by Morris Lum

AA building, 3rd Floor
Fold It. Mold It. Grind It. Bind It.
November 25 – November 28

Works by students in VPSC56 - Studio Practice
Organized by Tanya Mars

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Doris McCarthy: Expressions of Nature
May 5 - June 11, 2014

Doris McCarthy Gallery

Researched by Jacqueline Kok
Undergraduate student, Art History, UTSC

Expressions of Nature is the presentation of twelve works by Doris McCarthy from the DMG Permanent Collection, researched by Art History student Jacqueline Kok during her internship at the DMG.

Heated Tensions
May 2 - 14, 2014
Cedar Ridge Gallery
Co-presented by the DMG and Cedar Ridge Creative Centre

Selection of work from
Heated Tensions

May 22 - August 1, 2014
DMG Vitrines

Curated by Kathryn Lee
Undergraduate student, Arts Management, UTSC

Works by Daniel Bernal, Matthew Brown, Maryana Discutido, Juliana Feng, Terrence Ho, Amna Huda, Daniel Griffin Hunt, Noheul Kim, Henry Lu, Dorica Manuel, Olivia Ng, Jerome Parayno, Sara Rizza, Tiffany Schofield, Rhenix Shi, Bonnie Tao, Mengxi Wan and Claire Watson

Featuring work by students in the Studio program at UTSC, Heated Tensions interprets the dynamics – strain, friction, attraction, and opposition – between different forces, and the physical and psychological spaces that contain them. The exhibition examines phenomena that relate to cultural identity, societal structures and norms, environmentalism, mind and body, gender politics and sense of place.

Heated Tensions was presented at Cedar Ridge Gallery from May 2 - 14, 2014, with a smaller selection of work then presented over the summer in the DMG vitrines. The exhibition was curated by UTSC Arts Management student Kathryn Lee as part of her Experiential Education placement at the DMG.

A Decade of Collecting
Launched April 1, 2014

Developed by Lyne Allain & Bronwen Green
Graduate students, Master of Museum Studies, University of Toronto

In celebration of our 10th anniversary, the DMG presents highlights from the Permanent Collection through an online project developed by Masters of Museum Studies students during their placement at the DMG.


Past Events

A Selection of Student Work
June 18 - August 18, 2013

Works by Madeha Batool, Juliana Feng,
Tabitha Mungal and YoYo Tsai

Providing students with the exciting
opportunity to have their work exhibited in a
professional environment, this summer-long
exhibition in the DMG vitrines offered a glimpse
into the depth and range of both formal
inventiveness and thematic research to be
found in the Studio Program at the University
of Toronto Scarborough.

MVS Curatorial Studies Graduating Exhibition
Simone Jones: Within Distance
April 25 - May 30, 2013
Co-presented with the Scarborough Film Festival

Curated by Michael Polubiec
Graduate student, Masters of Visual Studies (Curatorial Stream), University of Toronto

In this presentation of her latest and most ambitious work to date, media artist Simone Jones utilized the space of the DMG to create an installation that focuses on the ways in which cinematic techniques of production impact the perceptual effects of moving imagery.


Doris McCarthy's Canada
Launched April 24, 2013

Developed by Patricia MacAulay
Graduate student, Master of Museum Studies, University of Toronto

A six-part video series on the life and work of celebrated artist and gallery namesake Doris McCarthy. Features an introductory biography, followed by an analysis of her time spent in five areas of the country: the Atlantic, Quebec, Ontario, the West and the North.


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MVS Curatorial Studies Graduating Exhibition
Age of Consent

April 14 - May 12, 2012

Curated by Talia Linz
Graduate student, Masters of Visual Studies (Curatorial Stream), University of Toronto

Works by Sue de Beer, Wendy Coburn, Kyla Mallett, Leslie Peters, Rebecca Fin Simonetti, Tobias Yves Zintel

Age of Consent brings together the work of six Canadian and international artists who look at adolescence in various forms, exploring experiences (real and projected), perceptions (internal and external), myths, dreams and desires connected to this demographic and this time of life. 


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MVS Curatorial Studies Graduating Exhibition
Purloined Stories
April 27 - May 21, 2011

Curated by Sandy Saad
Graduate student, Masters of Visual Studies (Curatorial Stream), University of Toronto

Works by David Buchan, Carole Condé + Karl Beveridge, Jakub Dolejs, Adad Hannah, Kent Monkman, Ho Tzu Nyen

The practice of reconstructing reality has long been a tool used by people to present stories that favor their social and political interests. At a time when the world is instantaneously discovering hidden truths about leaders in power, Purloined Stories questions the power of influential images and constructed modes of representation throughout the history of art.


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MVS Curatorial Studies Graduating Exhibition
Status Update
April 28 - May 19, 2010

Co-produced by InterAccess Electronic Media Arts Centre

Curated by Shauna Thompson
Graduate student, Masters of Visual Studies (Curatorial Stream), University of Toronto

Works by Annie Onyi Cheung, Melanie Lowe, Robert Lendrum and Matthew Williamson, Jennifer Marman and Daniel Borins, and Cheryl Sourkes

Within the last five years, online social networking and communication technologies have undergone a period of explosive growth. In light of the development of Web 2.0, communication, how we represent ourselves, and our sense of subjectivity have been profoundly modified. In response to these paradigmatic shifts, Status Update investigates how and why we interface with technology, and what promises, failures, and desires might be at stake as we invest ourselves in these mediated and mediating relationships.