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YRAC Artist in Residence Program


Introducting York Region Arts Council's Artists in Residence 2018!

Angela Anne Casullo is a York Region based artist working within painting, encaustic, drawing, mixed media, photography and visual poetry. Angela graduated from OCAD University in 2011 and is currently working as an educator in York Region. Her work is influenced by the environment around her, her emotions and thought streams, as well as the concept of place, home and the in-between. Angela works with natural elements such as water, dirt and wax extracted from the environment in which she is creating. Angela is passionate about Arts Education, Wellness, Equity, FNMI advocacy, learning and travel. Angela will be creating work at the Kortright Centre for Conservation.

Jeff Nye is an artist, writer, teacher and curator based in Newmarket, Ontario. He has a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree with Distinction from Concordia University in Montreal (1998) and a Master of Fine Arts Degree from the University of Regina (2007). His paintings and multi-media installations have been shown in galleries across the country, including his solo exhibition “Recovery Rooms” at the Varley Art Gallery of Markham (2016). His work is in the permanent collections of the Saskatchewan Arts Board and the University of Regina.

Jeff has curated exhibitions for the Mackenzie Art Gallery (Regina, SK), Dunlop Art Gallery (Regina, SK), Last Mountain Lake Cultural Centre (Regina Beach, SK), and the Ottawa Art Gallery (Ottawa, ON). Jeff has also instructed studio and art history classes at the First Nations University of Canada and the University of Regina. He currently teaches courses in studio art and museum studies at Georgian College (Barrie, ON). He has received several distinctions and awards for his work, including grants from the Canada Council for the Arts, the Saskatchewan Arts Board, the Ontario Arts Council, and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

Jeff will be creating work for this residency at NewMakeIt.

Background Information on the Artist in Residence Program


The Artist in Residence program will provide two professional artists or collectives of artists with the opportunity to develop themselves as professionals. The program will give selected artists $2500 each, along with exposure to potential partners, media channels and patrons of art. The program will also provide the artist with the resources and tools needed to build their portfolio. This is a unique opportunity for York Region artists to nurture their professional practices close to home.

Program Goals

The overarching goals of the Artist in Residence program are to:

  • Create a new work of art inspired by the space & community of the host organization
  • Engage the community in which the artist will be hosted
  • Provide an opportunity for York Region artists to build their portfolio
  • Provide resources and exposure to support artists in York Region
  • Contribute to the creation of a vibrant York Region

For more information about the YRAC Artist in Residence program,  please contact Ganesh Thavarajah, Manager, Programs at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

York Region Arts Council, YRAC

1310 Kerrisdale Blvd., Unit 200
Newmarket, ON. L3Y 7B3

Phone: 905-726-3278
Fax: 905-726-2788

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