MFA Student Ryth Kesselring earns two prestigious awards for outstanding interdisciplinary practice

Concordia recognizes MFA Student and Member of Textiles and Materiality Cluster Ryth Kesselring for receiving the Jorisch Family Artist Residency and the Yvonne L. Bombardier Graduate Scholarship in Visual Arts.

Ryth Kesselring, an MFA student in Concordia’s Department of Studio Arts, is the recipient of two awards for her work: the Jorisch Family Artist Residency and Yvonne L. Bombardier Graduate Scholarship in Visual Arts. Her concentration is in fibres and material practices.

Over the coming months, the awards will allow Kesselring to expand her research and creation practice focusing on textiles and craftsmanship rhythms. The interdisciplinary artist uses weaving, electronics and sound to create interactive ecosystems that reflect on political and ecological issues.

“These awards are incredible opportunities,” Kesselring says. “I feel honoured and excited to dive into them.”

Kesselring emphasizes that her MFA program has significantly impacted her practice. “I feel fortunate to be surrounded by amazing professors and mentors who are invested in their students’ research,” she says.

“The research clusters, exhibitions and other opportunities foster a strong community on campus and beyond.”

Kesselring’s works will be on display at the Leonard and Bina Ellen Art Gallery from April 19 to June 3. They will be exhibited as part of the gallery’s annual IGNITION exhibition, which features new works by current studio arts or humanities students.

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