Congratulations to all winners of each year's Annual RGASC Art Competition: Re-framing Teaching & Learning Support!
2021 Winner - Natalie Chiovitti
Natalie's artist statement:
"The proposed concept for the work focuses on RGASC’s commitment to promoting and supporting learning communities at UTM in context of COVID-19 and the shift to online learning environments. Conceptually the work encompasses the essence of “gathering of minds”. This is consistent with the meaning of the Maanjiwe nendamowinan building; and, the main theme of learning communities to express RGASC’s mandate of serving as a resource and partner with learning communities to support each other— Being connected at a distance, moving beyond time and space online globally. The goal of the work is to express RGASC’s dedication in supporting the individual and collective experiences of students, teaching assistants, instructional staff and faculty, including learning from UTM examples of resilience, adaptability, and re-framing of academic practices in response to COVID-19."
2020 Winner - Helen Wu
"My piece is about showing the academic growth in our UTM community by representing the different disciplines and departments on campus. I use concrete objects such as papers, writing tools, and books to show RGASC supports a diverse group of learners in our community. The beanstalk is the main component of this painting and it represents the progress and growth of students when they visit the RGASC and receive academic mentoring. I chose a bean plant since beans grow in all sorts of living conditions- yet they always strive to keep growing. This is an analogy for students at UTM since everybody has varying learning circumstances. But when students visit the RGASC, they can always feel supported. "