Glendon student’s work in contemporary Nigerian painting exhibition

Glendon student Melanie Lindayen is one of six artists featured in the Nigerian High Commission’s current exhibition on contemporary painting by Nigerian and Nigerian-Canadian artists. Currently on view at the Joseph D. Carrier Art Gallery of the Columbus Centre, the exhibition runs until Sept. 28.

Right: Melanie Lindayen

A native of Alliston, Ont., Lindayen is a third-year iinternational studies student at York’s Glendon College. In the past she has participated in the Headwaters Art Festival, McLaren Student Art Show and was a candidate for the 2006 Marion Drysdale Award. In addition to her university studies, Lindayen is active as an artist in Toronto. She is currently exploring global themes with narrative portraiture. Her recent compositions are inspired by impressions from her travels and reflect her love to the people she has met and worked with at different cross-sections of time and space.

Left: Lindayen is currently exploring global themes with narrative portraiture

The exhibition at the Columbus Centre introduces contemporary Nigerian painting to Canadians.  A new generation of painters from Nigeria and the Nigerian diaspora is emerging onto the global stage through such initiatives as the World Bank"s Africa Now! art program.

All are welcome to attend tonight’s opening reception at the Columbus Centre. The reception takes place from 6 to 9pm and will be hosted by the Nigerian high commissioner. The Joseph D. Carrier Art Gallery of the Columbus Centre is located at 901 Lawrence Avenue West, just west of Dufferin, within easy access of both the Glendon and Keele campuses.