Fine Arts Grad Show 2023
The Bishop’s University Fine Arts Graduating Students’ Exhibition presents a series of disparate works that reflect the students’ respective journeys through their undergraduate program.
April 5 – April 15, 2023
Originally from Ottawa, Cameron Cox will soon be graduating with a double major in Fine Arts and Business Administration.
Cameron finds inspiration in the abstract impressionist aesthetics of the 1940s and 50s. He uses primarily oil paint to create intuitive compositions where colour, form, lines, and shapes move and pulse.
An adventurous spirit, he dreams of living in a van and making art on the beach.
In her final year studying Fine Arts with honours in Studio Art, Applied Psychology, and a concentration in Mindfulness and Contemplative Studies, Océane Dessureault-Opalewski (also known as Leshachikha) creates works that explore notions of mental health, gender identity, folklore, and fantasy.
Her practice, which mixes media such as pen and pencil, watercolour, charcoal, mixed media, and collage, has won her the Wanda Rozynska Scholarship in Fine Arts.
Versatile and curious, Océane envisions a career in constant flux that would offer her variety and flexibility.
Born and raised in Sherbrooke, Élise Grenier first attended a university in New Brunswick as a biology student before changing programs and moving back to Sherbrooke. She is currently completing her third and final year as a Fine Arts student, with Honours in Studio Art.
Involving a range of mediums from paper, crochet, and embroidery, to coloured pencils and markers, Élise’s fibre art and illustrations are concerned with the concept of the “found family”, gender roles, queer identity, and fairy tales. She was awarded the Peggy and David Savage Memorial Scholarship in 2022.
Upon graduation, she plans to establish and develop her clientele through social media while producing multimedia art and content for various platforms. She dreams of becoming a book illustrator and of one day writing and illustrating her own graphic novel.
A third-year Fine Arts student with honours in Studio Art, Faustine Gruninger uses techniques such as printmaking, etching, drawing, painting, and sewing in her search for a new narrative that would guide and inspire humans to maintain a more joyful and reciprocal relationship with the earth.
Her efforts have not gone unnoticed: she is the recipient of the Wanda Rozynska Scholarship and the Undergraduate Prize in Fine Arts, the John and Pattie Cleghorn Scholarship, and the Stanley Mills Scholarship in Humanities. She also received an Undergraduate Introduction to Research Scholarships from Bishop’s University and was awarded the first prize in Figurative Realism by the Festival des arts de Mascouche.
Faustine aspires to earn a living from the sale of her works and to grow her own food.
Originally from a small village in Beauce, Rébéka Hudon moved to Lennoxville to attend Champlain College. She will soon complete her fourth and final year as a Fine Art and Secondary Education student.
Her multidisciplinary practice addresses body positivity, feminism, and grief through sculpture, painting, drawing and digital imagery. Her preferred mediums are clay and plaster, acrylic paint, and graphite pencils.
Upon graduation, she wants to become a high school art educator.
An avid learner, Michael Karras will soon complete a major in Fine Arts with a concentration in Studio Art, a major in Economics, and minors in Physics, Mathematics, Finance, and Music.
Michael taught woodworking for many years. Inspired by the classical tradition and craftsmanship, his practice now extends to sculpture and painting, especially portraiture. Moved by the narrative power of art, he is interested in telling the stories of people using figurative imagery.
Michael wishes to continue pursuing a variety of interests—he would love to build a distribution network!—and to pass on his knowledge to others through teaching.
Passionate about all things crafty, especially knitting and jewelry, Laura Pohl will soon complete her fourth year as a Fine Arts student.
Her colourful work often offers realistic depictions of animals in oil, acrylics and even embroidered textile.
A dual citizen born in Massachusetts, she dreams of owning a farm on Fair Isle, a small island off the coast of Scotland that has a rich knitting tradition and a beautiful landscape.
Born in Toronto, Caleb Stemp grew up and currently lives in Keene, New Hampshire, USA. He is about to complete his fourth year as a double major in Arts Administration and Fine Arts, with a concentration in Studio Art.
While he is always open to experimentation, he often returns to painting and drawing to explore themes like cyclicity, whimsy, and connection. As a teen, Caleb received a Scholastic Art and Writing Awards and the Mildred Calder Kilgore Art Outreach Scholarship.
After his degree, he envisions a career in arts administration, possibly as an event planner.
Ana Maria Torres
A Fine Arts major with a concentration in Studio Art, Ana Maria Torres moved from Columbia to Quebec when she was 8 years old.
Grounded in painting and drawing, her practice also ventures into sculpture and bookmaking. She currently uses colour and texture as means to reflect on clutter, disorder, and accumulation.
She aspires to a career as a professional artist or as a restorer.
Yueran Zhong is undertaking her fourth year as a double major in Arts Administration and Fine Arts.
She maintains close ties with her Chinese heritage by incorporating cultural references in her intricate line drawings. She also has a strong interest in artistic anatomy.
Yueran dreams of becoming an art curator.