A commitment to showcasing the work of local artists and enhancing the strength and diversity of art produced in Calgary is evident in three new exhibitions opening this week in Nickle Galleries.
“We are excited to open these exhibitions, particularly because they show such a range of work by artists in this area,” says Christine Sowiak, chief curator of Nickle Galleries, which is operated by Libraries and Cultural Resources.
“It underscores the Nickle as a point of engagement between the campus and the community. Students and post-secondary class visits equal the number of visitors we have from the public. That our exhibition program is tied strongly to the community is a big reason for this.”
Exhibitions include everything from video to textiles
Dan Hudson: 360 and Other Journeys shows the Canmore artist’s ambitious installations of video and media works — six will be shown for the first time ever. Visitors to the Taylor Family Digital Library (TFDL) will recognize Hudson as the artist behind Measures of Time, the photographs permanently installed on the main floor.
Laura Vickerson: The Between is an ethereal environment, where a delicate canopy of repurposed clothing, together with textiles from the Nickle’s collection of hand-knotted pile carpets, leads viewers to contemplate the personal, and collective, histories carried by objects.
Eric + Mia: New Maps of Paradise, curated by Diana Sherlock, brings the work of Eric Moschopedis and Mia Rushton into the gallery. Though most of their collaborative work is performed using public networks, this exhibition provides a playful, almost ethnographic path to understanding their community-focused work.
Program provides opportunities for artists pursuing career in Calgary
Two shows celebrate the return of a project that first appeared in 1999.
“Series is an exhibition program started by the Nickle to create opportunities for artists that pursue their careers in Calgary — something not provided on a steady basis by any other public gallery,” explains Michele Hardy, Nickle curator.
“Now we are relaunching a more ambitious version of Series. Two simultaneous exhibitions, Laura Vickerson and Eric + Mia, showcase the work of artists as well as the work of a guest curator and writer from our community.”
Talks and gallery tours by all the artists will take place as part of the weekly Nickle at Noon lecture series, which features presentations by a range of experts from campus and the wider community on a variety of art-related topics. More information is available on the Nickle’s website.
The opening reception takes place Feb. 4 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. in Gallery Hall, main floor of the TFDL. All events are free and open to the public.