NSCAD is proud to announce Dr. Marissa Largo is joining the university as an Assistant Professor in Art Education.
Dr. Largo is a highly regarded researcher, artist, curator, and educator whose work focuses on the intersections of race, gender, settler colonialism, and Asian diasporic cultural production. She has previously taught at the Ontario College of Art and Design (OCAD) University, and served as Department Head of Visual Arts, Communication Technology, Construction Technology and Manufacturing at Mary Ward Catholic Secondary School in Toronto, ON.
“Marissa’s achievements in and out of the classroom, as well as her passion for arts-based education, make her a natural fit at NSCAD,” said Dr. Ann-Barbara Graff, Vice President (Academic and Research) and Provost, NSCAD University. “I’m happy to officially welcome her to the NSCAD community, and I look forward to witnessing the positive impact she will have on students in the very near future.”
Dr. Largo earned her PhD in Social Justice Education from OISE, University of Toronto (2018), holds degrees in Visual Arts and Education from York University, and has a Master’s degree in Art Education from Concordia University. She has won a number of prestigious awards throughout her career. She was awarded the Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) in 2013, and is a recipient of the 2019 Outstanding Dissertation Award from the Research on the Education of Asian and Pacific Americans (REAPA) special interest group of the American Educational Research Association (AERA). This year, Dr. Largo was awarded the OCAD University Teaching Award for Continuing Studies.
Dr. Largo is co-editor of Diasporic Intimacies: Queer Filipinos and Canadian Imaginaries (Northwestern University Press, 2017), and also serves as the Canada Area Editor of the Journal of Asian Diasporic Visual Cultures and the Americas. Her forthcoming book, Unsettling Imaginaries: Filipinx Contemporary Artists in Canada (University of Washington Press) examines the work and oral histories of artists who imagine Filipinx subjectivity beyond colonial logics.
“I’m looking forward to getting started at NSCAD and meeting the many talented students who enrol at the university each year,” said Dr. Largo. “NSCAD has a rich history as a driver of innovation, creativity and change in the global arts community. In addition to a storied past, NSCAD is well positioned to make great waves in the field of art education by offering students advanced study in pedagogy and research-creation that is enriched with a commitment to equity and decolonization. I am honoured to be part of this change.”
As a visual artist, Dr. Largo’s work has been presented in venues across Canada, including A Space Gallery (2017 and 2012), Open Gallery of OCAD University (2015), Royal Ontario Museum (2015), WorldPride Toronto (2014), and MAI (Montreal, arts interculturels) (2007).