Monday, November 28, 2011

Only 1 more week to check out Trending!




If you haven't seen the latest window intervention for The Ephemerals: Trending, located in the Anthropology Museum windows on the 4th floor of Centennial Hall at UofW, you'd better hurry. The exhibit will only be on display for 1 more week. Above are photos from the intervention which includes a display of Cowichan sweaters - can you tell the difference between the real deal and the imitation?

In relation to this project, we are happy to report that anyone with a UofW Library card can now watch Christine Welsh's film The Story of the Coast Salish Knitters for FREE. Just enquire at the Circulation Desk!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

TOMORROW: The Story of the Coast Salish Knitters


Check out this article from the Globe and Mail on the Coast Salish Knitters. It's an oldie but it connects to issues of appropriation and consumerism.

Meanwhile, come on out to see the film tomorrow night - Wed, Nov. 9 at 7:00 p.m. - at aceartinc., 2nd floor of 290 McDermot Avenue. See you there!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Together as part of the international documentary screening network Cinema Politica, Gallery 1C03 and the UWSA present the film Crude Sacrifice


WINNIPEG MB, November 2, 2011

Together as part of the international documentary screening network Cinema Politica, Gallery 1C03 and the University of Winnipeg Students’ Association (UWSA) present the film:

Crude Sacrifice
Directed by Lawrence Carota
Eckhardt-Gramatté Hall
Tuesday, November 15, at 7:00 p.m.

Directed by award-winning film maker Lawrence Carota, Crude Sacrifice (Canada, 2011) was selected for presentation by The University of Winnipeg Aboriginal Students’ Council.


Crude Sacrifice
takes a look at how one northern community, Fort Chipewyan, is affected by the exploitation of Canada's rich Tar Sands development, and how Canada is dealing with their concerns. The health of the land and the people living near the world's largest construction project is discussed by leading scientists and the Aboriginal Peoples. Although this town is located near the earth's second largest fresh water delta, they can no longer drink the water, or eat the fish and other game food which sustained them for thousands of years.

From the film’s website:

Passionate and fiercely independent, [Carota] took his film camera to Alberta through all four seasons of the year to allow the audience to experience the cycles of nature first hand.. to go on the river banks, to stand next to the tailing ponds, to see the Tar Sands under development from the air in order to experience the size and scale of the project. He spent weeks living in the northern community of Fort Chipewyan where he got an intimate look at a warm but hurting community full of people trying to cope with losing their way of life. As a cinematographer, he attempted to capture the honesty and beauty of a people along with a way of life which is being destroyed before their eyes. His intention is to showcase the positive nature and spirit of defiance which has allowed them to survive sustainably on the land for thousands of years.

Please stay for discussion after the film, with guest facilitator to be announced.

For more information about Crude Sacrifice, visit: http://www.cinemapolitica.org/film/crude-sacrifice.

For more information about the Cinema Politica network, please visit www.cinemapolitica.org.

All screenings will be open to all audiences – everyone is welcome. Admission is free, but donations to offset the costs of screening the film are welcome. Eckhardt-Gramatté Hall is located on the third floor of Centennial Hall at The University of Winnipeg.

Gallery 1C03 and the UWSA wish to thank Cinema Politica for making it possible for us to participate in this network. We are grateful to the Canada Council for the Arts for generously supporting this initiative. We also wish to acknowledge the Council of Canadians for supporting this presentation of Crude Sacrifice.

Image: Scene from Crude Sacrifice by Lawrence Carota.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Gallery 1C03 and aceartinc. present a public film screening: The Story of the Coast Salish Knitters Directed by Christine Welsh


Gallery 1C03 and aceartinc. present a public film screening:

The Story of the Coast Salish Knitters
Directed by Christine Welsh

Wednesday, November 9, 7:00 p.m.
aceartinc.
2nd floor, 290 McDermot Avenue
Free Admission – Open to all!

This film screening is presented in conjunction with
Gallery 1C03's current programming initiative The Ephemerals: Trending. Trending began as a four-day performative embedment on The University of Winnipeg campus by The Ephemerals, an all-female Aboriginal collective of artists and curators. By inserting themselves into the university community, The Ephemerals have explored the trend of Indigenously-influenced clothing and accessories among post-secondary students, encouraging a critical reading of fashion as codified text and highlighting the need for a deeper awareness of its cultural implications. Further supporting this project is an ongoing intervention in the public display windows of the university’s Anthropology Museum, drawing from and responding to the Anthropology Department’s Ethnographic Collection, as well as a blog: www.theephemerals.wordpress.com.

Written and directed by Christine Welsh, The Story of the Coast Salish Knitters (Canada, 2000) draws attention to the identity of the creators of much-loved (and much-replicated) Cowichan sweaters. For almost a century, the Coast Salish knitters of southern Vancouver Island have produced Cowichan sweaters from handspun wool. These distinctive sweaters are known and loved around the world, but the Aboriginal women who make them remain largely invisible. Combining rare archival footage with the voices of three generations of woolworkers, The Story of the Coast Salish Knitters tells the tale of unsung heroines – resourceful women who knit to put food on the table and keep their families alive. This is a story of courage and cultural transformation – a celebration of the threads that connect the past to the future.

Christine Welsh is a Métis filmmaker, feminist and academic in Canada. She has produced, written and directed films for more than 30 years. Welsh's film credits include the 2006 National Film Board of Canada documentary Finding Dawn, about murdered and missing Canadian Aboriginal women. She is a resident of Saltspring Island. Welsh is an Associate Professor at the University of Victoria, where she teaches courses in Indigenous Women’s Studies.


Please stay after the film for some refreshments and discussion!

Gallery 1C03 gratefully acknowledges financial support of The University of Winnipeg and the Manitoba Arts Council for making this program possible. We are also grateful for the support of aceartinc.

Image: Scene from The Story of the Coast Salish Knitters, a film by Christine Welsh. Courtesy of the National Film Board of Canada.

Trending review in Uptown

We're playing a bit of catch up here, but read Sandee Moore's review of Trending in Uptown!

Ephemerals - Maiden Indian at ImagineNATIVE


The Ephemerals' Maiden Indian film was included in this review of the ImagineNATIVE festival called ImagineNATIVE short films: Ever loud, ever proud. Awesome!

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Gallery 1C03 looking for art educators


Gallery 1C03 at The University of Winnipeg is excited about what it does and wants to offer others opportunities to join in. We are presently looking for 1 or 2 people to join our team of volunteer art educators!

  • Are you interested in visual art?
  • Are you an Art History or Education student at the University of Winnipeg?
  • Are you creative and energetic?
  • Are you interested in gaining valuable experience that will stand out on your resume?

If you answered "yes" to these questions, then please read further!

Gallery 1C03 seeks students to plan and deliver art education workshops during the 2011-12 academic season. Workshops will consist of presenting information about Gallery 1C03 art exhibits to school aged children (grades 1 - 12) and facilitating creative responses to the exhibits. Each workshop is approximately 1 hour in duration.

If you have a background in teaching through the arts or want to develop these skills, please contact Art Curator Jennifer Gibson by calling 786-9253 or by sending an email to j.gibson@uwinnipeg.ca as soon as possible.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Jessica Metcalfe blog

Thanks to all who came out for Dr. Jessica Metcalfe's lecture on Friday! To keep up with her, check out her blog Beyond Buckskin.

Coats, culture, colonizers and cool

Check out Colleen Simard's article on fashion choices and colonization in this article from October 8, 2011 Winnipeg Free Press:
Coats, culture, colonizers and cool. She mentions The Ephemerals: Trending too!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Don't Forget to Check Out Dr. Jessica Metcalfe's Lecture Tomorrow!


Friday, October 14, 12:30 p.m.

Room 2C14 (2nd floor of Centennial Hall)

The University of Winnipeg

Free Admission


For more information, see the post below or check out our Facebook page.

Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Lecture by Dr. Jessica Metcalfe


Gallery 1C03 proudly presents

"Threads of Power: Native Designers of High Fashion and Clothing as a Form of Resistance"

A public lecture by Dr. Jessica Metcalfe

Friday, October 14, 12:30 p.m.
Room 2C14 (2nd floor of Centennial Hall)
The University of Winnipeg
Free Admission

This public lecture is presented as part of Gallery 1C03’s current programming initiative The Ephemerals: Trending. Trending began as a four-day performative embedment on The University of Winnipeg campus by The Ephemerals, an all-female Aboriginal collective of artists and curators. By inserting themselves into the university community, The Ephemerals have explored the trend of Indigenously-influenced clothing and accessories among post-secondary students, encouraging a critical reading of fashion as codified text and highlighting the need for a deeper awareness of its cultural implications. Further supporting this project is an ongoing intervention in the public display windows of the university’s Anthropology Museum, drawing from and responding to the Anthropology Department’s Ethnographic Collection, as well as a blog.

In her lecture “Threads of Power: Native Designers of High Fashion and Clothing as a Form of Resistance”, Dr. Metcalfe will discuss how Native American fashion designers from different generations use clothing as a form of communication and as a way to continue age-old clothing practices, deconstruct stereotypes, subvert the mainstream fashion industry and create new opportunities for Native youth. Dr. Metcalfe’s presentation highlights the work of Lloyd Kiva New (Cherokee), Wendy Ponca (Osage), Virgil Ortiz (Cochiti Pueblo) and various Native American streetwear artists.

Dr. Jessica R. Metcalfe (Turtle Mountain Chippewa) earned her Ph.D. in American Indian Studies from the University of Arizona. She previously served as managing editor and contributor to Red Ink Magazine, and has taught courses in Native American Studies, Studio Art, Art History, Literature and Anthropology at tribal colleges and state universities. Her current work focuses on Native fashion design. She has presented at numerous national conferences, lectured at various museums and co-curated several exhibitions.

Gallery 1C03 gratefully acknowledges financial support of The University of Winnipeg and the Manitoba Arts Council for making this program possible. We are also grateful for the support of Urban Shaman Contemporary Aboriginal Art Gallery.

Image: Wendy Ponca (Osage), Ceremonial Attitude for the New Millennium, 1996, mylar, feathers and body paint. Courtesy of the artist.

Friday, September 30, 2011

Gallery 1C03 and the University of Winnipeg Students' Association to screen Exit Through the Gift Shop with Panel Discussion to Follow

Together as part of the international documentary screening network Cinema Politica, Gallery 1C03 and the University of Winnipeg Students' Association (UWSA) will present the film Exit Through the Gift Shop in Room 2M70 on Thursday, October 6 at 7:00 p.m.

Directed by internationally-renowned street artist Banksy, Exit Through the Gift Shop (UK, 2010) is presented in conjunction with Freestyle V, a week long festival organized by the UWSA where inner city youth, community members and students are invited to learn and create in a highly structured (and artistically driven) programming environment at The University of Winnipeg.
From the film's website:

"This is the inside story of Street Art - a brutal and revealing account of what happens when fame, money and vandalism collide. Exit Through the Gift Shop follows an eccentric shop-keeper turned amateur film-maker as he attempts to capture many of the world's most infamous vandals on camera, only to have a British stencil artist named Banksy turn the camcorder back on its owner with wildly unexpected results."

"One of the most provocative films about art ever made, Exit Through the Gift Shop is a fascinating study of low-level criminality, comradeship and incompetence. By turns shocking, hilarious and absurd, this is an enthralling modern-day fairy-tale... with bolt cutters."

Please stay for discussion after the film with panelists Cliff Eyland, local artist, curator and art writer; Stefano Grande, Executive Director of the Downtown Winnipeg BIZ; Pat Lazo, Artistic Director of Graffiti Art Programming; and local artist Brent. Facilitated by UWSA Outreach and Special Projects Coordinator Ted Turner.

For more information about Exit Through the Gift Shop, visit: http://www.cinemapolitica.org/film/exit-through-gift-shop
For more information about the Cinema Politica network, please visit http://www.cinemapolitica.org/

All screenings will be open to all audiences - everyone is welcome. Admission is free, but donations to offset the costs of screening the film are welcome. Room 2M70 is located on the second floor of Manitoba Hall at The University of Winnipeg.

Gallery 1C03 and the UWSA wish to thank Cinema Politica for making it possible to participate in this network. We are gateful to the Canada Council for the Arts for generously supporting this initiative.

Image: Scene from Exit Through the Gift Shop by Banksy.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

The Ephemerals in The Uniter & Trending Discussion Tomorrow

An article on The Ephemerals: Trending project, written by Timothy Dyck, appears in this week's issue of The Uniter.

Meanwhile, don't forget to come to Room 2M71 (2nd floor of Manitoba Hall) at the UofW tomorrow to take in a FREE roundtable discussion with The Ephemerals artists. It starts at 12:30 p.m.!

Thursday, September 22, 2011

The Ephemerals: Artists' Roundtable Discussion


The Ephemerals – Artists’ roundtable discussion

Friday, September 30, 2011 at 12:30 p.m.
Room 2M71 (2nd floor, Manitoba Hall), The University of Winnipeg

Presented by Gallery 1C03 in conjunction with Culture Days, this roundtable discussion will offer an opportunity for The Ephemerals artists Jaimie Isaac, Niki Little and Jenny Western to reflect publicly on their multi-disciplinary project, Trending, taking place in and around The University of Winnipeg campus between September 6th and December 3rd. The discussion will also provide a chance for audience and community members to raise questions and comments that they may have in relation to the project.

Those following our blog -- see this entry, this one, this one or this one or this one -- know that Trending consists of a four-day performative embedment on issues around fashion and Indigeneity on The University of Winnipeg campus (September 6th - 9th) by The Ephemerals, an all-female Aboriginal collective of artists and curators. By inserting themselves into the university community, The Ephemerals interrogate the trend of Indigenously-influenced clothing and accessories among post-secondary students, encouraging a critical reading of fashion as codified text and highlighting the need for deeper awareness of its cultural implications. Documentation of the performances and information related to the project can also be viewed at The Ephemerals’ blog.

Further supporting this project
is an ongoing multi-media intervention in two of the public display windows of the university’s Anthropology Museum (September 6th - December 3rd), drawing from and responding to the Anthropology Department’s Ethnographic Collection. Additional affiliated programming will include a public lecture by Dr. Jessica Metcalfe titled “Threads of Power: Native Designers of High Fashion, and Clothing as a Form of Resistance” on Friday, October 14 at 12:30 p.m. at The University of Winnipeg (Room 2C14) and a public screening of the film “The Story of the Coast Salish Knitters” (directed by Christine Welsh) in early November at Urban Shaman Gallery.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Gallery 1C03, the University of Winnipeg Students' Association and the Politics Students' Society to screen Please Vote for Me.


In partnership with The University of Winnipeg Students’ Association (UWSA), Gallery 1C03 is pleased to be part of the international documentary screening network Cinema Politica as the first Manitoba chapter. Together we will continue to screen several socially and politically resonant films over the course of the 2011/12 academic year.

Our first offering, Please Vote for Me, was selected by the University of Winnipeg Politics Students’ Society to be shown in advance of our provincial election. The screening will take place in Eckhardt-Gramatté Hall on Tuesday, September 20 at 7:00 p.m.

Is democracy a universal value that suits human nature? Do elections inevitably lead to manipulation? Please Vote for Me,
directed by Weijun Chen (China, 2007), is a portrait of a society and a town seen through a school, its children and its families. Wuhan is a city about the size of London located in central China. It is here that director Weijun Chen has conducted an experiment in democracy. A Grade 3 class at Evergreen Primary School has their first encounter with democracy by holding an election to select a Class Monitor. Eight-year-olds compete against each other for the coveted position, abetted and egged on by teachers and doting parents. Elections in China take place only within the Communist Party, but recently millions of Chinese voted in their version of Pop Idol. The purpose of Weijun Chen's experiment is to determine how democracy would be received if it came to China. Please Vote for Me is one of ten films selected as part of the Why Democracy? project, which saw interpretations of democracy by 10 film makers from around the world broadcast on 42 television networks in October, 2007, to audiences of more than 300 million people in nearly every country in the world.

Please stay for discussion after the film screening facilitated by Dr. Allen Mills, Professor, Department of Politics, The University of Winnipeg.


For more information about Please Vote for Me, visit:
http://www.cinemapolitica.org/screening/uofw/please-vote-me.
For more information about the Cinema Politica network, please visit
www.cinemapolitica.org.

All screenings will be open to all audiences – everyone is welcome. Admission is free, but donations to offset the costs of screening the film are welcome. Eckhardt-Gramatté Hall is located on the third floor of Centennial Hall at The University of Winnipeg.

Gallery 1C03 and the UWSA wish to thank Cinema Politica for making it possible for us to participate in this network. We are grateful to the Canada Council for the Arts for generously supporting this initiative.


Image: Scene from Please Vote for Me by Weijun Chen.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Trending flash mob photos





There were tunes blaring from the ghetto blaster, cool duds and face paint. For those who weren't on campus Friday afternoon, here are some highlights from The Ephemerals: Trending flash mob. Thanks again to Scott Benesiinaabandan for the photographs!

Don't forget to check out The Ephemerals' blog for more on this project.

Friday, September 9, 2011

The Uniter's Fashion Streeter Features The Ephemerals

Check out Jaimie Isaac, member of The Ephemerals, in this week's Fashion Streeter in The Uniter!

Trending Reception Today




Some photos of The Ephemerals' appearance on CKUW 95.9 FM yesterday and their visit to the Aboriginal Student Services Centre on campus. You can listen to what they had to say by visiting CKUW's archive. Plus you can see more photos here. And don't forget to check The Ephemerals' blog for vid clips and more updates!

TODAY: Please join us for the The Ephemerals: Trending reception in front of Gallery 1C03 this afternoon from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Ephemerals on CKUW today!





Tune into CKUW 95.9 FM this morning at 11:00 a.m. to hear The Ephemerals.

Meanwhile above are a few shots from yesterday's bake sale, courtesy of Scott Benesiinaabandan. For more, check here.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Bake Sale Today



Check out The Ephemerals: Trending bake sale in front of Gallery 1C03 today. It's on until all the bannock is gone!

Also check out more photos from day 1 of the performative embedment here. Photography by Scott Benesiinaabandan.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

theephemerals.wordpress.com

That's right, Trending fans....you can get the latest updates on The Ephemerals' new project at The University of Winnipeg by checking out their new blog. Go on, we know you wanna!

Friday, September 2, 2011

Get ready for Trending!


Only 4 more sleeps until Trending comes to the UofW campus....get ready everyone....it's gonna be amazing!

A Life Collected - extended exhibition dates


Good news; if you haven't had a chance to check out the exhibition A Life Collected: The Vernon MacKelvie Gift of Canadian Art, it's now on display until October 15 in the Hamilton Galleria and the University Archives, both located in the UofW Library (4th and 5th floors of Centennial Hall). There are some real gems in this exhibition, including the above pictured Bertram Brooker, but also a Paraskeva Clark, Dorothy Knowles, Phililp Surrey, William Winter and much more. Check it out!

Admission to exhibition and opening reception is still free and open to everyone.
Exhibition Hours: Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Image: Bertram Brooker, Houses on a Hill, undated, watercolour, 30 x 21.5 cm.

Friday, August 19, 2011

The Ephemerals: Trending, September 6 - December 3, 2011

Performative embedment (across campus): September 6 - 9

Installation (Anthropology Museum, 4th floor, Centennial Hall): September 6- December 3

Reception (Gallery 1C03): September 9, 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Artists' roundtable discussion: September 30, 12:30 - 1:30 p.m.

Gallery 1C03 is pleased to celebrate its 25th anniversary with the first programming project of our 2011-12 academic season, Trending!

Trending is a four-day performative embedment on The University of Winnipeg campus by The Ephemerals, an all-female Aboriginal collective of artists and curators. By inserting themselves into the university community, The Ephemerals will interrogate the trend of Indigenously-influenced clothing and accessories among post-secondary students, encouraging a critical reading of fashion as codified text and highlighting the need for a deeper awareness of its cultural implications. Images from performances and information related to the project will be uploaded to Gallery 1C03’s website as the embedment progresses. Further supporting this project will be an ongoing intervention in the public display windows of the university’s Anthropology Museum, drawing from and responding to the Anthropology Department’s Ethnographic Collection. Additional affiliated programming will include a roundtable discussion with the artists, a public lecture and a public film screening.

The Ephemerals is an emerging collective of Aboriginal women based in Winnipeg, Manitoba who are interested in curatorial and creative research. The collective was established by founding members Jaimie Isaac, Niki Little and Jenny Western to function as an outlet to foster and motivate artistic production within their individual practices and to develop collaborative projects that revolve around contemporary Indigenous art. Jaimie Isaac is an artist, curator and writer engaged in the arts on both a local and national level through her work with boards, collectives, juries and artist-run-centres. Isaac holds a Bachelor of in Art History of Art and an Arts and Cultural Management Certificate, both from The University of Winnipeg. She is currently a pursing a Master of Arts in Creative and Indigenous Studies at UBC Okanagan. Niki Little is an artist/observer who is interested in artistic and curatorial strategies that explore the reasoning of identity, culture and social exchanges. Little has studied at The University of Manitoba, the National Screen Institute and the Camberwell College of Art in London, UK. Jenny Western is a curator, writer and educator who holds an undergraduate degree in History from The University of Winnipeg and a Masters in Art History and Curatorial Practice from York University in Toronto. One of Western’s recent projects includes co-curating Close Encounters: The Next 500 Years, a multi-venue group exhibition of contemporary Indigenous art from around the globe.

Gallery 1C03 gratefully acknowledges financial assistance from The University of Winnipeg and the Manitoba Arts Council for this project. We are also grateful for the support of the Anthropology Department of The University of Winnipeg, the University of Winnipeg Students' Association and CKUW 95.9 FM.

All programming is free and open to everyone!

https://www.uwinnipeg.ca/index/art-gallery-the-ephemerals-trending

Thursday, June 2, 2011

A Life Collected: The Vernon MacKelvie Gift of Canadian Art


Opening Reception: Thursday, June 16, 2011, 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. at The University of Winnipeg Library

A public exhibition highlighting exciting works recently donated to The University of Winnipeg’s permanent art collection by alumnus Vernon MacKelvie (BA ’44) will open Thursday, June 16 at 3:00 pm. The works, all of which are by Canadian artists, will be extended until October 15, 2011 in the Hamilton Galleria and University Archives, both located in The University of Winnipeg Library (4th & 5th floors of Centennial Hall).

Though MacKelvie reveres the arts and has been attending exhibitions and collecting artworks for more than sixty years, he does not count himself as an art expert but, rather, an art appreciator. He comments: “You don’t have to be wealthy to build a fine art collection. You just have to have good taste and educate yourself.”

Vernon MacKelvie’s life and voice as a collector speak to the viewer through the works presented in A Life Collected. Of the selected twenty-four pieces on display, all are by Canadian artists, many of whom practiced on the Prairies and in Ontario and Québec. These were the places between which MacKelvie divided his time, and where he sought out new images by Canadian artists to add to his collection.

Featured artists such as Bertram Brooker, Paraskeva Clark, Betty Dimock, Dorothy Knowles and Philip Surrey represent various styles and movements of the last six decades of Canadian art. MacKelvie’s total gift of fifty pieces is a fine complement to the University’s permanent collection, whose purview is work created by established twentieth-century and contemporary Manitoba and Canadian artists.

A Life Collected is curated by Alexis Kinloch. Both the curator and collector will be in attendance at the opening reception.

The University of Winnipeg Art Curator Department wishes to thank The University of Winnipeg Foundation and the History of Art Programme for their support of this exhibition project. We also gratefully acknowledge the Museums Assistance Program, Department of Canadian Heritage.

Admission to exhibition and opening reception is free and open to everyone.
Exhibition Hours: Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Image: Bertram Brooker, Houses on a Hill, undated, watercolour, 30 x 21.5 cm.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Prairie Excellence Panel Discussion


Thursday, May 26 at 7:00 p.m. Eckhardt-Gramatté Hall (3rd floor of Centennial Hall), University of Winnipeg
ADMISSION IS FREE


To accompany the Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta Craft Councils’ presentation of the group exhibition Prairie Excellence at
Gallery 1C03, the Manitoba Craft Council, in partnership with Gallery 1C03, has organized a panel discussion with Prairie Excellence Selection Committee Member Helen Delacretaz and Prairie Excellence artists Tibor Bodi, Grace Nickel and Sue Sutherland.

Prairie Excellence
is a juried exhibition representing the very best of contemporary fine craft from the Prairies. Featuring pieces in various media by 35 artists, the show is a unique and balanced blend of work from each of the Prairie Provinces. While some of the featured artists, like Winnipeg’s Grace Nickel, Kathryne Koop and Keith Oliver, are well established, the exhibit also showcases craft artists who are relatively new to the scene. This is a unique opportunity to view the work of emerging, mid-career and established artists in one place.

The panel discussion will focus on the state of contemporary craft practice on the prairies and how the work in Prairie Excellence contributes to this dialogue. The three artist panelists will explore how their work reflects a prairie aesthetic, how it pushes the boundaries of their chosen medium and how they balance questions of form/function with the conceptual aspect of their work. Selection Committee Member Helen Delacretaz will consider trends and shifts in the contemporary craft scene more generally and how these developments might apply to works in Prairie Excellence in particular.

Prairie Excellence has made Winnipeg its third stop in a tour of Western Canada after presentations in both Edmonton and Saskatoon, showing at Gallery 1C03 (1st floor of Centennial Hall at The University of Winnipeg) from April 28 - May 28, 2011.

Admission to gallery and panel discussion is free and open to everyone.
Regular Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Saturday from noon until 5:00 p.m.

Image: Tibor Bodi,
Voice of America 1956, 2009, cast glass, forged steel and metal (tin smith), 24" x 11" x 9". Courtesy of the artist.