Faculty wins international design award

"I'm utterly shocked and thrilled!" So said Mia Cinelli, assistant professor in the School of Art and Visual Studies, of being awarded the remarkable Best in Festival for New Work as part of the 10th annual Toronto Design Week (the DesignTO Festival).

The DesignTO Festival is Canada's largest design festival, featuring over 100 exhibitions and events. Showcasing the work of national and international artists and designers, DesignTO seeks to publicly showcase innovative work across the expanded field of design.

Mia's series "Speculative Characters for Visual Inflection" earned the award. This work was featured in Designlines magazine and Now Magazine. This same body of work is also a part of Mia's first international solo show in North Vancouver at Seymour Art Gallery. You can read a review via Galleries West.

"I'm truly honored to receive this award," Mia said. "Given the both the caliber and sheer number of works on display at DesignTO, I'm very grateful to the esteemed jury for recognizing this series."

Mia's work "The Weight" was also exhibited at DesignTO as part of Taboo Health's Dying exhibition; she gave an artist talk on this at the opening on January 17. This work is also a part of (Re)Design Death (which opened in February) at the Cube Design Museum in the Netherlands, where they purchased the object to remain in their permanent collection after the year-long show ends.

In addition to this prestigious recognition, Mia's collaborative research/design project with sociologist Shoshana Shapiro has been published in the Activist History Review, is being exhibited at a traveling exhibition as part of the 3rd annual North Dakota Human Rights Arts Festival, and has been accepted to be presented at the International Visual Sociology Association's annual international conference in Dublin. 

Mia's Penance series— which won a Communication Arts Award and are now published in the 2020 Typography Annual— are currently on exhibit as part of Typeforce in Chicago.


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