Victoria Abballe is a Guelph-based emerging artist who is currently in her last semester at the University of Guelph completing a Bachelor's Degree in Studio Art, whilst also minoring in Geography and completing a certificate towards Environmental Conservation.
Written by Victoria Abballe
Victoria Abballe is a Guelph-based emerging artist who is currently in her last semester at the University of Guelph completing a Bachelor’s Degree in Studio Art, whilst also minoring in Geography and completing a certificate towards Environmental Conservation.
Victoria was interested in doing an Experiential Learning placement, and when she heard that Guelph Arts Council was offering a position, she was thrilled. Every year, Guelph Arts Council and the School of Fine Art and Music (SOFAM) come together with support from the RBC Emerging Artists Project, to present the Guelph Emerging Artist Mentorship Program (GEAMP). This program allows emerging artists in Guelph to spend time with an experienced artist in their area of interest to grow and gain knowledge as artists. Near the end of the program, all of the mentees join to present an exhibition showcasing their work. This year, the GEAMP exhibition, Last Call, is held at the Boarding House Gallery (6 Dublin Street South) from December 5th to 17th, with an opening reception on December 8th from 6-9pm.
Victoria’s role includes facilitating meetings with the mentees to ensure their exhibition goes as smoothly as possible. Victoria has the pleasure of checking in with mentees to discuss their experience throughout the GEAMP program, as well as helping them with any roadblocks they may encounter along the way. Being a student at the University of Guelph, Victoria helps to unite Guelph Arts Council and the School of Fine Arts and Music by sharing resources and engaging with the community of artists as a whole.
Guelph Arts Council has allowed Victoria to be present in such a wonderful environment, as well as engage with artists outside of SOFAM and within the Guelph arts community. She feels excited about the new connections and valuable experience she has gained by volunteering in the Guelph arts community. Victoria is looking forward to assisting the mentees of the GEAMP program install their exhibition at the Boarding House Gallery and is grateful to be a part of such a fantastic program. She hopes to join the program as a mentee in the future.
Here is a bit more about Victoria and her art practice:
Victoria Abballe is an interdisciplinary artist based in Guelph, Ontario. Victoria studies at the University of Guelph, where she is completing her Bachelor’s Degree in Studio Art, minoring in Geography, and completing a certificate in Environmental Conservation. Victoria’s interest in geography inspires her to create artwork influenced by the natural world. Victoria primarily works in photography, printmaking, and painting.
Victoria is a part of a student-run organization known as Kaleidoscope Magazine and has recently participated in various gallery exhibitions. These include the Juried Print Show (2022) and Pressed for Time (2022) at the Boarding House Gallery in Guelph, Beyond Words (2022) at the Elora Centre for the Arts, and the 54th Annual Juried Art Show (2022) at the University of Guelph where she was awarded an honorable mention.
Victoria’s printmaking work was nominated to compete in the BMO 1st Art Competition (2022), and she was the recipient of the College of Arts Undergraduate Printmaking Prize (2022).
Victoria loves to share her passion for the arts through her instagram page @victoriasartwork_.