Students strolling through the Learning Resource Commons (LRC) at Humber North or L Space at Humber Lakeshore have likely passed by their colourful galleries.
Both spaces are dedicated to artwork specially collected and displayed by Humber Galleries Curator Ashley Watson. Attentive students might also notice that the gallery spaces change from time to time, displaying different exhibitions and sets of art.
Applications for exhibits for the 2016-2017 school year opened last week, but for artists hoping to submit a collection of their own art for display, hold the painted papier-mâché horses.
“It’s not really kind of Humber’s thing,” said Watson, who handles student submissions to the galleries.
“We’re differentiated from that. It’s all about student learning. It’s classes, programs or departments that want to bring in things for the students. Or it’s student groups,” she said.
The application form, which is only available on the Humber faculty and staff site Communiqué, specifies applications are limited to “Humber classes, programs, departments, and student groups that have an academic advisor.” Applicants are notified by the Gallery Committee on the outcome of their submission by Feb. 29, 2016.
Part of the reason individual student submissions are not accepted is a matter of accountability, as well as the fact that other avenues for students wanting to display their work are already established.
“We already have things for that. Humber Art Show is already there for students who want to showcase their individual art, so there’s no reason for us to be doing the same thing as them,” she said.
Watson said the recent Aging and Diversity gallery at Humber Lakeshore is a prime example of the galleries being used by a department for the benefit of students. The gallery was brought in through the Social Services Worker program and program coordinator Linda Hill did a good deal of organization for the exhibit. Watson says the exhibit was a success.
“We’ve had almost 400 students through different social service programs through that exhibition,” said Watson.
Watson invites students who really want to use the space to approach their program’s faculty and coordinators to work together to find a way to best utilize the space that will benefit their program as well as Humber students at large.
She said there are some big changes on the horizon for the Humber North gallery, such as a move towards a more digital space for displaying art in innovative and immersive ways.
In any case, the Humber galleries are for the students, and as the exhibits are set to change every three to five weeks for the next school year, students will have more time than ever to catch a piece of art that will hopefully change the way they look at art.
Or perhaps just change the way they look at the world.