Sarah Jane Gorlitz
Sarah Jane's Teaching Philosophy:
My teaching strategies employ a balance of critical discussion and contemplation. More than anything I believe that imagination, curiosity and the drive to challenge oneself are the most necessary elements to be nurtured in art students.
Sarah Jane Gorlitz has been working as a visual artist since 2002 across the mediums of painting, collage, video, installation, and sculpture. She holds an MFA from the Malmö Art Academy in Sweden (2011) and an HBFA in painting from the University of Waterloo (2002). She was a finalist for the RBC Painting Competition in 2008 and the recipient of an Edstranska Fellowship in 2011. Meanwhile, her video-centered collaborations with Wojceich Olejnik under the name Soft Turns have been widely exhibited at institutions in Canada and abroad, including Oakville Galleries (Oakville), Skånes konstförening (Sweden), Greusslich Contemporary (Berlin), Centre Clark (Montréal), Southern Exposure (San Fransisco), Stride (Calgary), O'Born Contemporary (Toronto) and YYZ (Toronto). Their work has been recognized by numerous grants from Toronto, Ontario and Canada Arts Councils, the latter awarding them the Joseph S Stauffer Prize for Emerging Artists in 2008 as well as a 2013 Paris Residency. In addition to her studio practice and teaching, she serves on the board of the artist run centre YYZ (Toronto). Visit her website.