Artists selected for 2018 Artist in Residence program

KIAM looking for images of the six wards for #YourWard project

Guelph, Ont., June 4, 2018 – Kiel and Amanda Wilson-Ciocci (KIAM) have been named this year’s Artist in Residence team.

KIAM’s project, titled #YourWard, will use images of each of Guelph’s wards to create six large-scale paintings that explore transitions in the urban environment. Their artistic style uses thick layers of acrylic paint and gel mediums, photographs and washes to create mixed-media paintings that draw attention to the contrasting perspectives on one canvas.

“KIAM’s proposal ticked all of the boxes,” says Stacey Dunnigan, manager of culture and tourism for the City of Guelph. “Their project will foster collaboration and connection with Guelph’s historic wards.”

To complete the pieces, KIAM is asking the community to provide images of their ward, either online or at community events throughout the summer. Residents interested in contributing images to the project are asked to email info@kiamstudio.com or send them via Facebook to @KIAMstudio with your name, email address, photo and ward number.

“We’re asking community members to think about the places that reside in their memories of Guelph that make them feel proud to live in their ward,” says Amanda.

The project will kick off on June 23 at Art on the Street, an event co-presented by Guelph Arts Council and the Downtown Guelph Business Association (DGBA). Community members are encouraged to stop by booth 60 to see the couple’s work and learn more about their project. The final pieces will be unveiled at the Art Gallery of Guelph during Culture Days weekend on September 29 and 30.

About KIAM

KIAM is a collaborative husband and wife artist team. Kiel and Amanda Wilson-Ciocci each hold a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Art from the University of Guelph. The duo offer art classes and workshops from their own studio, Art in the Ward. KIAM was one of 22 submissions for Artist in Residence, 12 of which were from other Guelph-based artists.

About the Artist in Residence program

The Artist in Residence program is offered by the City of Guelph to broaden the community’s experience of the arts. The annual program invites artists to engage with the public and showcase their creative practices while enlivening public spaces.

Media contact

Stacey Dunnigan, Manager of Culture and Tourism
Culture, Tourism and Community Investment
City of Guelph
519-822-1260 extension 2533
stacey.dunnigan@guelph.ca