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*Featured Image: Alouette (2018), Brandon Vickerd, 156”  x 95”  x 133”, Stainless Steel, Nissan Altima, Led light, electronics, Quebec City


MCOYA 2023: EMERGENCE Speaker Series presents  

Progression to Professional Practice” Artist Talk with Brandon Vickerd

 Thursday, March 9th, 2023
Doors open at 6:00PM, Artist Talk 6:30-7:30PM
Location: Aurora Town Hall (Upper/North Entrance) 

The Mayor’s Celebration of Youth Arts is returning to the Aurora Cultural Centre for its twelfth year showcasing the artistic achievements of Aurora’s graduating students. 

This year, the Aurora Cultural Centre is excited to invite internationally exhibited public sculptor Brandon Vickerd, to deliver a talk to the next generation of artists emerging from the Aurora community. This speaker series is geared towards any students who may be interested in pursuing their post-secondary studies and/or a career in Fine/Studio/Visual art. This speaker series is offered free of charge.  

Brandon Vickerd will review the evolution of his artistic career, focusing on milestones and challenges he faced in the first 10 years after high school. He will share what he learned from university, the skills he developed, and the importance of community as an emerging artist; eventually leading to his success as a professor and professionally renowned artist.  



About Brandon Vickerd

Brandon Vickerd is an artist and professor of sculpture in the Department of Visual Arts and Art History at York University. He positions his artistic work on the border between scholarly and popular cultures. Acting as a catalyst for critical thought, his works echo the failed promise of a modernist future based on limitless scientific progress. Through his public installations, he offers interventions that do not deliberately present themselves as sculpture, but rather as an anomaly inserted into the viewer’s daily experience. Brandon Vickerd has received numerous awards and grants from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the Canada Council for the Arts and the Ontario Arts Council. 



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