SUMMA 2023 – Where We Intersect: Identities, Environments, Activisms

The annual graduating exhibition for the McMaster University BFA class of 2023.

Artists: Lano Aluko, Mariana Ardila Ossot, Ariella Boltinsky, Wren Breeze, Raechell Brory, Tanisha Bryan, Ben Cumming, Tristyna Gayle, Eden Griffin, Gabriella Gyorgypal, Pauline Halsey, Linah Hegazi, Olivia Maletic, Breezy Nepitali, Jessica Nguyen, Kenzie Robichaud, Sean Ross, Joseph Soldo Mirkhai, Amy Trakalo, Faith Wilson, Nadia Woodside

Where We Intersect: Identities, Environments, Activisms is a group exhibition featuring the work of graduating Studio Art students in the School of the Arts at McMaster University. The exhibition represents a diversity of artistic and thematic explorations from a compelling cohort of undergraduate students.

The title of the exhibition speaks to a collective impetus to find points of connection within a heterogeneity of approaches, perspectives, identities, and motivations. The spectrum of expressions is indicative of a group of emerging artists wrestling with making sense of a contemporary moment defined by a global pandemic, by senseless violence, astonishing waste, environmental devastation, and existential angst.

Through making art they strive to make meaning for themselves, while offering to their audience a portrait of a particular generation. Their works convey a sober yet hopeful collective inquiry into cultivating resilience in turbulent times.

Read the full Curatorial Statement.

Opening Reception: Thursday, April 6th, 5-7 PM

Artist Talk: Wednesday, April 12th, 2:30 PM

Image: SUMMA 2023 logo

Curated by: Mosa McNeilly

April 06, 2023 – April 28, 2023

Link to Exhibitions Archive for a complete list of past exhibitions


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Eegyvadluk Ragee, Woman with Fish.

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Three ancient coins - at left the coin features a pegasus, and the middle and right coins feature heads

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Tim Whiten
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To promote and stimulate learning, interest and continued enjoyment about the visual arts, the Museum will organize an annual programme of temporary exhibitions for presentation year round.

Exhibition proposals/submissions are accepted on an on-going basis.

The Director/Curator will select and establish the annual exhibition programme in collaboration with the curatorial team. An exhibition schedule will be presented by the Director/Curator to the Advisory Board of the Museum once each year


Proposals are accepted from artists and curators.


10-20 digital images, project description, and CV.

View digital image requirements


Carol Podedworny, Director and Curator
McMaster Museum of Art
University Ave, McMaster University
1280 Main Street West
Hamilton, Ontario L8S 4L6


The McMaster Museum of Art is a third party recommender for Ontario Arts Council (OAC) Exhibition Assistance Grants.

The 2023/24 Exhibition Assistance Program opens June 2023.
Final dates are being confirmed and will be updated here accordingly.


Please follow the guidelines established by the Ontario Arts Council, apply directly through their website, and submit the following with your applications:

Brief artist statement
Confirmation letter from the gallery/museum/venue
Digital images of work