Cheng Huai was founded in 2017 by a diverse group of McGill students and young professionals.
The non-profit organization is based in Montreal, Canada and aims to support emerging and interdisciplinary practices across the fields of art, technology, and entrepreneurship in response to the changing nature of contemporary aesthetics.
In 2020, Cheng Huai is carried on by a new group of passionate students.
With the new team, Cheng Huai will continue to be a communicative space where art academia and the art industry meet.
The purpose of Cheng Huai is to give university students who are interested in working in the art industry an opportunity to showcase art, gain experience, and learn about potential career avenues. We will do this by hosting art exhibitions, career fairs, professional lectures, and other networking-style events.
Cheng Huai is an ambitious initiative where diversity, entrepreneurship, and creativity are valued. The organization hopes to make the professional art world more accessible and inviting to students, amateur artists, and art connoisseurs alike.
The name "Cheng Huai"
(澄怀) is originated from the text of tenth century Chinese aestheticist and philosopher Zong Bing.
It professes a metaphysical disposition wherein the subject and object become a whole in aesthetic appreciation, and the self soars in its transcendence of physical experiences.
Carrying the spiritual message of "Cheng Huai" with ourselves, we hope to embark on an elevated journey and to harvest spiritual food in our exploration of art.
The purpose of our pairing program is to foster relationships between Montréal contemporary artists and art history students.
Students in our program write articles about local artists to be displayed on our website, allowing for students to gain non-academic writing and publishing experiences and for artists to have their work promoted.
1st edition of the program is running from Nov. 2020 until Apr. 2021
Whether you are a university student or an artist in need of a bigger spotlight, if you are interested in joining the 2nd edition of our pairing program, please email us at email@example.com
As art history students, we understand that it can often be difficult to find an internship in a museum, gallery, non-profit, or other art institution that can help explore potential career avenues and gain professional experience.
In order to make the search for art internships easier, we have compiled a list of opportunities all over the world, including internships in curation, conservation, and more, for students interested in entering the professional art world. We have also included resources like helpful websites, youtube channels, and podcasts.
Born in 1965 in North Lancaster, Ontario, Besner's work typically feature phantom-like figures dressed in elaborate costumes against decorative backdrops. Known as Madonnas, these often haunting figures embody the artist’s autobiographical mode of expression whilst too functioning as communicative mediators between the space and reality of the spectators, on the one hand, and the artist’s incomparable imagination on the other. With an intimate knowledge of his materials, dramatic forms, and architecture, Besner finds a channel through which to express his deeply cerebral perception of the world.
Rooted in the authors’ collective training in art history, this publication presents a collective and critical response to Besner’s works in the hopes of provoking scholarly reflection. In specific, the collection includes three essays, each of which approaches distinct aspects of the artist’s oeuvre and and style. The three articles published herein were brought together as a discussion of Besner’s formal and material configurations with the intention of shining a critical light on the artist and his singular oeuvre.
1. A contemporary intervention: Dominic Besner and the Commedia Troupe by Hayley M.L. Eaves
2. Memories in the Oeuvre of Dominic Besner by Charlotte Jacob-Maguire
3. Painting the Urban Experience: The Second Birth of Dominic Besner by Anthony Portulese
You can REQUEST ACCESS to these essays by emailing us.