Enrolling at Ridley in 1982, in addition to running Harriers, swimming, cycling, Andrew Ross played badminton and cricket. Since his graduation in 1986, and now living in Toronto, Andrew has become an international contemporary painter, cultural advisor and advocate for artists. His work is held in corporate, institutional and private collections around the world notably The Brooke Astor Collection (New York, NY), The Permanent Collection, Albright-Knox Gallery (Buffalo, NY), The Permanent Collection of the Toronto School Board, the Permanent Collection of the Dineen Hull Gallery Hudson County Community College (Jersey City, NJ), the Cox Collection (New York, NY) and the Collier Collection (Palm Beach, FL). Andy shares his unique artistic experience to innovate and develop cultural assets: In 1992, he founded the Juniper Island Art Festival contributing to the cultural life of the Peterborough art community. He spearheaded the permanent interior exhibition at the Roswell Park Cancer Hospital in Buffalo, NY. He created and underwrote the benchmark International Group Exhibition hosted at the St. Louis Hotel in Calgary. Andy is the Founding President and Chair of Lakeshore Village Artists Co-op (LVAC) located in Etobicoke ON, the first legal live-work environment in Ontario. He has served on the Arts Committee of the Arts & Letters Club which is one of Canada’s oldest and most recognized arts clubs. Founded in 1908, it runs programmes for literature, architecture, music, painting, and stage, including N3XT, a national competition of visual arts. The 2020 edition asks artists to create pieces on the theme of UNITY, thus posing timely and challenging questions of Canadian artists and offering benefactors, patrons, and artists an opportunity to participate in a unique experience that brings together art from all across Canada. Mounted biannually, Andy has committed to chairing N3XT, N4XT and N5XT.