Brennan Stalford walked into renann isaacs contemporary art a year and a half ago, with his portfolio tucked under his arm. Impressed with the maturity of his work, the director asked him where he had completed his degree. Brennan answered that
he didn’t have one; he was still in high school.
A homegrown, precocious talent, Brennan was accepted to the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), as the number one pick of over four thousand applicants. For financial reasons, he chose to study at the Ontario College of Art and Design (OCAD), where he was immediately fast-tracked through to his second year of the program. The Dean of SAIC, however, kept in touch, and within the year had offered Brennan a $100,000 scholarship, a free studio space in the heart of the city, a spot in the third year of the BFA degree, and an eventual place in the Masters program. Shortly thereafter, Brennan received more good news: he had been accepted to study at Goldsmiths, University of London, an institution that has shaped some of the world’s most recognized artists. As an engaged, humble, and eager student, Brennan is gathering unprecedented levels of support at home and abroad to pursue his endeavours.