Andrew Testa

Andrew Testa is an artist, writer, and educator working through prints, drawings, books, words,and installations. He has been awarded SSHRC and the Elizabeth Greenshields  grants for his research, has exhibited nationally and internationally (UK and  USA), and has participated in residencies and conferences across Canada.  Currently he is working towards a new body of work for a solo exhibition at  SNAP (Edmonton, AB) and group exhibitions at Modern Fuel (Kingston, ON) and  Eastern Edge (St. John’s, NL) in 2021 that have been awarded a VP Grenfell  Campus Research Fund. Testa is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor inprintmaking at Grenfell  Campus, Memorial University of Newfoundland, and has  additionally taught at Thompson Rivers University (Kamloops, BC), and Algoma University  (Sault Ste. Marie, ON). He completed his BFA and MFA at York University  (Toronto, ON) in 2013 and 2016 respectively.

As an educator, Testa prioritizes community within his  teaching practice. Engaging, participating, and  collaborating with the community is essential to his research, teaching, and  service. Due to this, he actively pursues opportunities to create the potential  for artists, art supporters, and those interested (whether student, faculty,  staff, or community member) to participate in workshops, exhibitions, talks,  and other initiatives. Such events include; annual juried/curated exhibitions for  students and recent graduates in local art galleries; community workshops and  events such as ‘Community Engagement in the Arts,’ an event that culminated in  a reflection zine about what it means to create meaningful and nurturing  engagement with arts communities; and ‘Printshop in a Box,’ a portable  printmaking studio that aims to provide accessible, inclusive, and creative  opportunities in rural Newfoundland and Labrador that promotes community  engagement, collaborations, and education in the arts.

Testa is currently the Chair of the  Board of Directors at St. Michael’s Printshop (St. John's, NL). He began this role in 2019 and  has since worked, and continues to work, with SMP’s staff and members to; develop  and grow SMP (most notably moving from a technical director towards an  executive director with a focus on community engagement, as well as propelling  printmaking as a radical, inclusive, and accessible art form in the province);  and to increase community engagement opportunities within the printshop and  beyond (through affordable workshops, events and initiatives such as our  moveable printing press).

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