Deshaun Whyte

Indigenous Youth Artist-in-Residence

In collaboration with 7th Generation Image Makers and Dept. of Arts, Culture & Media

Deshaun Whyte was selected for the 2019-2020 Indigenous Youth Artist-in-Residence program. Deshaun enjoyed access to studio space for creation, use of the University of Toronto Scarborough library, course audits within the Studio program Deshaun was also introduced to artist John Scott, during a studio visit at 401 Richmond. During this mentorship opportunity, Scott offered a tour of his artworks and studio space, and spoke with Whyte about his artistic practice.

Deshaun Whyte’s experience in the residency program was intended to culminate with a final exhibition and reception. Due to the health and safety restrictions imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic, we will be rescheduling this opportunity. While there may not have been a tangible display of the artist’s work, Deshaun was able to experiment and expand his artistic practice, build his network, and enliven the gallery with critical and vivacious conversations.


The Indigenous Youth Artist-in-Residence Program is a  collaboration between the Doris McCarthy Gallery, 7th Generation Image Makers (a program of Native Child and Family Services of Toronto), and the University of Toronto Scarborough Department of Arts, Culture and Media. The program offers studio space, a stipend, access to University resources, events, staff, and faculty, as well as the opportunity to audit courses at the University of Toronto Scarborough. Further virtual studio visits are arranged with arts professionals from the community. The residency culminates with an exhibition of the artist's completed work. Some adjustments have been made in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.