I. C. Contemporary is a self-run curatorial institution that prides in its focus on supporting local and emerging talent. Artist’s from all stages of their careers are welcome to apply to be a part of ICC future exhibits, however we recognize the economic and social barriers the art community can place ahead of emerging artists.
With that in mind, we never require a payment from artists to submit artwork for reviewal. We are thankful to be in position where we do not rely on these funds to keep ICC afloat and would rather increase the number applications by eliminating the application fee. That being said, we do highly encourage applicants and visitors of ICC to leave a donation of any size to help cover administration fees and artists honorariums. If you’d like to donate, you can do so here.
Additionally, ICC does require any costs for applying to exhibit. A part of the struggle of being an emerging artist comes from the lack of exposure, the high application cost, and the higher commission rates. If artists wish to donate a small portion of their sales to support future artists they are more than welcome, however this is a space not made for financial profit but artistic enrichment.
ICC currently hosts virtual reality art exhibitions until we have a physical space available again when COVID-19 comes to a halt. These digital galleries will continue indefinitely as we are firm believers in providing accessible platforms for fine art. For now, please enjoy our virtual exhibits that can be viewed at any given time here.
Ignazio Colt Nicastro is the founding curator of ICC and a multidisciplinary artist. He is a graduate from the University of Toronto with an Honours Bachelor of Arts, with double majors in Fine Art & Art History and Communication, Culture, Information and Technology.
Nicastro has been building on his curatorial experience ever since he completed his undergrad. With a few opportunities in the curatorial realm, like working alongside the Society of York Region Artists, Nicastro took the necessary steps that led him to the launch of the Emerging Artists Exhibition in 2019. Over the past year, Nicastro has evolved the brand which officially became I.C. Contemporary in March 2020.
His fine art portfolio (which can be found here) mostly consists of a series of space prints, all intimate in size but vast in layers. This exemplifies his desire to push the boundaries of fine art, not by attempting to create realistic images but something that stands out from other pieces of work. His silkscreens range from four to thirty layers and consist of vibrant colours and shapes that draw viewers in for a closer examination of the work.
His sculptural series addresses the different psychological ideologies of Queer Identities. More information on this show can be found here.
When Nicastro isn’t spending his time on his emerging art career, he is working on his debut fantasy series: The Trials of Salahan and another novel in the making, The Clearing. Release dates coming soon.