without trying to be moved...

2020 Art and Art History Graduating Exhibition, Part 1

Part 1:
without trying to be moved...

Part 2:
we fall like light


Click here to download the digital exhibition brochure featuring exhibition information, biographies, and full colour illustrations throughout.


without trying to be moved…we fall like light is a two-part exhibition presenting works by students of the 2020 graduating class of the Sheridan College and University of Toronto Mississauga joint Art & Art History program.

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic and the closure of the University of Toronto Mississauga, the 2020 Art & Art History Graduating Exhibitions were cancelled.

Digital exhibition content is available online via exhibition brochures for without tring to be moved... and we fall like light, as well as on their Instagram accounts: @withoutbeingmoved and @wefalllikelight

Exhibition Statement

without trying to be moved…we fall like light is a two-part exhibition presenting works by students of the 2020 graduating class of the Sheridan College and University of Toronto Mississauga joint Art & Art History program. The exhibitions are curated by students of FAH451: Curating Now. Designed to be presented across two gallery spaces, the Blackwood Gallery and the e|gallery, the exhibitions were to have featured works by eighteen artists collectively exploring the space between questions and statements—navigating through the tumultuous waters of emotion and memory, and dispersing light throughout the world by reflecting on their surroundings.

without trying to be moved...

Works by: Angela Clarkson, Ryanne Florence, Veronika Garbowska, Emma Juliette, Jen Liu, Francine (Frey) Quintia, Isabella Varrasso, Eleonora Zivkovic

Curatorial Team:
Titled TK: Cassandra Adams, Sam Hill, Vincy Liu, Francine (Frey) Quintia, Andrew Tso, BiXuan Zhang, ZiXuan Zhang

As if in a river, the artists featured in part one, without trying to be moved…, are caught in a current that seems steady and calm. But rivers are constantly moving under the surface. They are fed by different sources and flow towards a goal, carving through the tumultuous environment around them. The eight participating artists in this exhibition use their own memories and emotions as sources of inspiration, or invite the active participation of other viewers—just as a river receives a range of inputs from its environment. Through a variety of media including photography, painting, printmaking, textiles, and audio recordings, these artists explore modes of storytelling, using illusion, distortion, abstraction, and surreal representations. Each artwork’s own story invites viewers into an intimate space to engage with memories, experiences, emotions, and self-knowledge.

Presented in two gallery spaces on the UTM campus, without trying to be moved invites viewers into the artists’ inner worlds. Works in the Blackwood Gallery explore the stirring emotions of comfort, uncertainty, warmth, power, calm, fantasy, longing, and anxiety. The e|gallery features works focused on language (personal, symbolic, and real) and its impacts. Across the exhibition, the eight participating artists explore the flows, tides, and pressures that dictate how they carve out space in the world at large.


This two-part exhibition is created in partial fulfillment of FAH451: Curating Now: Turning Concepts into Curatorial Projects. This course is a part of the Curatorial Studies Certificate Program in the Department of Visual Studies at the University of Toronto Mississauga. The exhibitions were developed with the support and guidance of Blackwood Gallery staff Alison Cooley (Assistant Curator), Saša Rajšić (Exhibition Coordinator), Fraser McCallum (Project Coordinator), Michael DiRisio (Curatorial Assistant & Collections Archivist), and Jasper Akitt and Chantal Zettel (Installation Technicians). 

Students graduating from the Art and Art History program receive both an Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto Mississauga and a Diploma in Art and Art History from Sheridan Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning. The program is designed to provide students with a strong and diverse base of knowledge that prepares them for a broad spectrum of careers within the arts community and beyond. Alumni have pursued careers in teaching, both at the primary, secondary and post-secondary levels, while others go on to earn their Masters in Studio Art or Art History. For more information please visit www.artandarthistory.ca


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