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.
Apurva Sharma (she/her) is joining I. C. Contemporary as our new Content Manager. As an admirer of contemporary art and a women's rights advocate, Sharma is passionate about making art spaces more accessible and inclusive to marginalized communities. With diverse work experience in both private and public sectors, Sharma recognizes the need for more inclusive and diverse spaces that foster collaborative work opportunities, recreation, and community support.
After the COVID-19 pandemic disproportionately exacerbated high rates of unemployment for minority groups, Sharma became determined to bridge this disconnect by making professional opportunities more accessible to those in need. With that, Sharma launched her own career coaching business, Apu Designs, in 2020. Through this platform she provides affordable resume editing services, job search advice, and career coaching. She hopes to achieve similar accomplishments at I.C.C. by connecting new talent to opportunities within art spaces.
Sharma graduated from Ryerson University with an honours degree in Sociology, and recently earned a post-graduate certificate in Human Resources Management from Sheridan College. She is hoping to acquire her Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) designation in 2021.
At I.C.C., Sharma ensures all gallery content is error-free. utilizes inclusive language, and aligns with the gallery's mandate. Sharma looks forward to facilitating sustainable change both within and outside the I.C.C. community.