An Exhibition Celebrating the 401 Career Launcher Prize
This exhibition showcases the work of Carol Cheong and Miles Ingrassia, both recipients of the 401 Richmond Career Launcher Prize. Awarded annually, the prize provides an exceptional opportunity to occupy a coveted 500 square foot studio for a full year at one of Canada’s most dynamic arts facilities. The recipient is chosen from a Toronto-wide competition by a panel of visual arts professionals. The 401 Richmond Career Launcher Prize has been presented annually since 2000 as a way of providing support for research and experimentation at a critical time in an emerging artist’s career. Cheong is the 2018 recipient and Ingrassia is this year’s Career Launcher artist.
This exhibition highlights the growth of an artist in residence at 401 Richmond. Then and Now shows works from a pivotal moment in both artist’s careers, as one enters the program, and the other exits.
Carol Cheong is a Chinese Toronto-based multidisciplinary artist whose practice explores the idea of one’s being as a participant in the world – the passage of time, state of being and intimacies in growth. Her most recent work stems from an interest in balloons, of their natural tendency to sway and bend to the elements and environment.
Miles Ingrasisa is a Toronto-based painter and printmaker whose work explores identity, gender, memory and coming of age. His current body of work examines the male figure, and is influenced heavily by his experiences of growing up in Hamilton, Ontario, as well as reflections on the construction and performance of masculinity.
Past recipients of the prize include Sarah Blagg (2000), Angie Nishikihama (2001), Sarah Lowry (2002), Emma Shankland (2003), Kristine Moran (2004), Emmy Skensved (2005), Adam Brandejs (2006), Gareth Bate (2007), Nikki Woolsey (2008), Angela Noussis (2009), Winnie Truong (2010), Chelsea Jamieson (2011), Graham Curry (2012), Kerry Zentner (2013), Erin MacKeen (2014), Kelly Uyeda (2016) and Ellen Bleiwas (2017).