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Noel Ducharme, Untitled [Beaver House], c. 1972, acrylic, mixed media on canvas, 41 x 48 cm

Opening Reception for By Request: Collective Curation of the Permanent Collection

Thanks to our exhibition sponsor:

Opening Reception: Thurs. April 26 @ 7:30 pm

By Request: Collective Curation of the Permanent Collection deploys a dynamic approach to choosing artworks for exhibition. It is the first show in the Gallery’s history that features works from the permanent collection chosen by people actively engaged in the region’s arts. Individuals, groups, and clubs were invited to act as co-curators resulting in arrangements that showcase the permanent collection in exciting, distinctive, and poignant ways.

To begin the process, the co-curators identified their artistic preferences and interests through a survey.  Using the survey responses, Acting Curator Andrea Terry and Registrar Meaghan Eley put together nine digital portfolios of 20 works from the Gallery’s permanent collection. The invited contributors selected their top five works from the portfolios and then viewed the five artworks at the Gallery in person, choosing the final works they wanted featured in the exhibition.

The final works displayed here have been arranged in groupings chosen by the co-curators.  Each group is accompanied by the co-curator’s statement explaining why the works were selected. By coming together, sharing, and learning from those working in various creative fields, the curatorial team gratefully acknowledges each person’s insights regarding the Gallery’s collection, art, and history. By Request thus invites everyone to consider the importance of collections, collectives, collaboration, and participatory engagement.

Co-Curated by:

Art Club, Dennis Franklin Cromarty High School

Cathy Alex, a journalist with CBC in Thunder Bay

Gail Bannon, Culture and Recreation Coordinator with Fort William First Nation

Quill Christie-Peters, a self-taught Anishinaabe artist and arts programmer currently residing in Thunder Bay

Vanessa Ervin and Shayla Hickerson, third-year students in Lakehead University’s HBFA (Visual Arts) program

Darren Lentz, a canoe builder and elementary school principal with Lakehead Public schools

Caleb Magiskan, an artist born and raised in Thunder Bay

Rebekah Skochinski, a freelance writer and assistant editor of The Walleye

Louise Thomas, owner of the Ahnisnabae Art Gallery, which is dedicated to the memory and work of her late husband artist Roy Thomas, and Thunder Bay Art Gallery board member

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