Exhibitions

  • Lorène Bourgeois: Large Drawings

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    Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts
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    Lorène Bourgeois: Large Drawings
    October 18 – November 18, 2016
    Opening Reception: Thursday, October 20, 5 – 8 pm

    The Art Gallery at the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts is pleased to present “Large Drawings” by Lorène Bourgeois.  The artist and Brock University instructor will present a series of large-scale representations of humans, animals, clothing and nakedness. The exhibition will include 10 – 12 highly detailed drawings mounted directly on the wall. The artist will attend the opening reception and thereafter be available by appointment.

    Born in France, Lorène Bourgeois completed her training in Paris, Philadelphia, and Halifax. A Fulbright recipient, she holds an MFA from NSCAD University. Her artwork has been exhibited widely in Canada as well as in France, Korea, Russia, and the United States.  Her work is held in numerous collections, including the Canada Council Art Bank, the Banff Centre for the Arts, the Department of Foreign Affairs, the National Bank of Canada, the Richmond Hill Public Library, the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, Ernst and Young, Senvest, Hart House, and the Donovan Collection.  Lorène Bourgeois lives and works in Toronto, and she teaches drawing in the Department of Visual Arts at Brock University.

    To view Lorène Bourgeois’ website, click here
    Free Community Event
    Art Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 1 – 5 pm
    Lorène Bourgeois gratefully acknowledges the support of the Ontario Arts Council.

    Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts, 
15 Artists’ Common,
St. Catharines, ON L2R 0B5

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    Media inquiries:
    Marie Balsom, 905.688.5550 x 4765,
    or email: mbalsom@brocku.ca

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  • Remnants: Visa 2f05 sculpture exhibition

    remnantsREMNANTS: Exhibit presented by the Department of Visual Arts
    July 7 – September 16, 2016

    Opening Reception: July 7, Noon – 3 pm
    Free food & refreshments

    The students of the summer sculpture course have delved into the site-specific exhibition, REMNANTS, creating works inspired by the traces of history that remain in the refurbished building.

    Over a century ago in the heart of downtown St. Catharines, the Canada Hair Cloth Co. functioned as a beneficial part of the community by bringing jobs and growth throughout the Niagara Region. Today it is known as the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts, an extension of Brock University.

    Originally, the factory was built in 1888 and was founded by the McSloy brothers who saw the potential for industrial growth within their community. They worked hard towards building a company that centralized around trading and selling their products from Halifax to Vancouver. In the traditional style of the New England Mills, the Canada Hair Cloth Co. was built with the intention of allowing as much natural sunlight into the factory as possible. With its open concept and large windows, the building was easily illuminated before the era of electricity. Eventually, the McSloy brothers purchased a generator to provide electricity, which was powered by the Millrace.

    At the time the factory was built, horses, railways, and ships were the common means of transportation and all three were critical to the early success of the company. Waterpower played an essential role in regards to the growth of the factory as it was the primary source of energy to run the machinery. The canal flowed behind the buildings and the fast-flowing water produced power for the mills. Horses were used for providing raw material for the actual haircloth itself as the hair was gathered from their tails. The fabric produced was used in a vast variety of things ranging from the railway seats to the interfacing of fine suits. During this time, the majority of industrialized manufacturing was produced around this part of town, especially close to the Welland Canal. This enabled goods to be easily shipped and sold to other markets from around Canada.

    In the fall of 2015, the Canada Hair Cloth Co. was reopened as the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts and welcomed the students of Brock University to work and create within a building that already embodies so much creativity. Keeping in mind the artistic process, materials and tools that went into the many things produced by the company, the summer sculpture class has worked hard in collaborating an exhibition to pay tribute to what was and still is a lively building full of artistic innovation.

    We welcome you to come and join us in celebrating the birth and continual growth of this beautiful building.

    REMNANTS will be held in the Learning Commons, Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts, 15 Artists’ Common, St. Catharines.

    Free community event

    Limited paid parking onsite

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  • Visa and STAC students exhibit in Austria

    entwurf3-ausstellungStudents in the Brock University Intermediate Painting and Interpretive and Critical Writing in the Arts courses, under the tutelage of Professors Catherine Parayre and Shawn Serfas, have mounted an exhibition at the University of Innsbruck, Austria.

    Visual Appropriations and Rewritings
    June 1 – 30, 2016
    University of Innsbruck, Austria
    Click here for more information.

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  • Brock Art Collective Juried Exhibition: Million Dollar Pink

    The Brock Art Collective has mounted a juried exhibition at the Niagara Artists’ Centre at 354 St.Paul Street in St.Catharines.

    Million Dollar Pink
    February 17 > 26
    Reception: Friday, February 26 7 PM – 9 PM
    Niagara Artists’ Centre

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  • Donna Szőke: Satellite, Curated by Stuart Reid

    "Invisible Histories", phone app, 2015

    “Invisible Histories”, phone app, 2015

    Monday, October 19 – Saturday, November 28, 2015
    Opening Reception: Friday, October 23, 2015, 7 – 9 p.m.
    Location: Visual Arts Gallery, 15 Artists’ Common
    Satellite is the collected media art works by Donna Szoke, from 2011 to present. It is literally a satellite show of the exhibition Cloud, installed and running now at Rodman Hall Art Centre. While Cloud coalesces print, sculpture and multiples into one body of work, Satellite presents digital drawings, single channel video and media art works that speak to the ethereal regions of digital art practice. These digital artworks investigate the invisible, elided and mysterious.

    This exhibition is running now at the Visual Arts Gallery, Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts, Brock University at 15 Artists’ Common in downtown St. Catharines, and is a free community event!

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  • Donna Szőke: Cloud, Curated by Stuart Reid

    Donna Szőke, "Decoy", 2015 acrylic paint on ABS plastic, ceramic plate

    Donna Szőke, “Decoy”, 2015 acrylic paint on ABS plastic, ceramic plate

    Saturday, October 10, 2015 – Sunday, January 17, 2016
    Opening Reception: Sunday, October 25, 2015, 3 – 5 p.m.
    Location: Rodman Hall Art Centre, 109 St. Paul Cres., St. Catharines
    Cloud is an assemblage of limited-edition prints and objects that explores relational meaning. Donna Szőke has created a collection of works that convey messages that are sometimes absurd, often humorous, never singular, but existing in relation to other parts of the whole. The materials chosen for the prints usually have an association with the text or message. For Decoy, the artist made a series of 3D-printed, trompe l’oeil Tim Horton’s doughnuts. The relationship between the doughnut and the hole, the original and the copy, the single and the baker’s dozen, may be confounding or irrational, but serves to point out how ideas are ephemeral structures.

    The artist writes: “Absurdity, irrationality, immanence, failure and anachronism are the unifying themes of Cloud… Ideas arise and are fleeting. They form, peak and disappear in sets of relationships to other ideas. Insights echo across instances of ideas.”

    This exhibition is running now at Rodman Hall Art Centre, 109 St. Paul Crescent in downtown St. Catharines, and is a free community event!

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  • Visa Instructor screens new video in Matheson Learning Commons.

    parallax-still-2Visual Arts Instructor Arnold McBay will be screening a video (his first such work) titled Presencia 2 on the Digital Art Wall of the Matheson Learning Commons in the James A. Gibson Library between February 2 to March 27. Click HERE to see a working clip or read more information about this work. This video is an addendum/response to his work featured in a two-person exhibition at the Grimsby Public Art Gallery with Visual Arts Associate Professor and Chair Duncan MacDonald that will be on view February 7 through March 22, 2015.

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  • TRACE Panel Discussion and Catalogue Launch: VISA Honours Exhibition

    Trace

    Brock University Department of Visual Arts Honours Exhibition

    Panel Discussion and Catalogue Launch: Friday, April 11, 7 pm
    TRACE, the 2014 edition of the Brock University Visual Arts Honours Exhibition at Rodman Hall Art Centre, features artworks by seven graduating honours students from the Department of Visual Arts: Julia Chamberlain, Holley Corfield, Emma German, Amy Hansen, Stacey Kinder, Monique Mol, and Lauren Regier.

    This exhibition is the culmination of eight months of work during which students have pursued the creation of a sustained body of artwork. Under the mentorship of professors Donna Szőke and Jean Bridge, students have each evolved individual creative approaches to the delicate complexities of memory, touch, presence and evidence.

    The Department of Visual Arts partners with Rodman Hall to make it possible for graduating students to work in the studios at the gallery and engage directly with Curators Marcie Bronson and Stuart Reid and guest artists who exhibit at Rodman Hall throughout the year. In this stimulating environment, students are challenged to take their work from experimentation and making to professional-level production and exhibition. Students in the Honours Studio forge rigorous and impactful work within this unique context that enhances their future opportunities for graduate studies or professional creative practice with a strong portfolio.

    Such exhibits from the Department of Visual Arts are key to the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts’ mandate to connect the community with the breadth of talent and creativity at Brock University.

     

    Rodman Hall Art Centre / Brock University
    109 St. Paul Crescent, St. Catharines, Ontario L2S 1M3
    TEL 905.684.2925
    FAX 905.682.4733
    www.brocku.ca/rodmanhall

    Gallery Hours:

    Tuesday to Sunday: 10 am to 5 pm
    Thursday: 10 am to 9 pm
    Closed Monday and statutory holidays
    Admission is by donation.
    Free community event

     

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  • Exhibition: Time And Space (VISA 2P98)

    timespace2014An exhibition of intermedia works.

    Click here for event poster.

    Free community event!

    When: April 7, 2014, 8 – 10 pm
    Location: Market Square, 91 King St., St. Catharines
    Contact: Marie Balsom, mbalsom@brocku.ca

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  • TRACE: VISA Honours Exhibition

    Trace

    Brock University Department of Visual Arts Honours Exhibition

    March 22 to April 27, 2014
    Opening Reception: Friday, March 21, 7 pm
    Panel Discussion and Catalogue Launch: Friday, April 11, 7 pm
    TRACE, the 2014 edition of the Brock University Visual Arts Honours Exhibition at Rodman Hall Art Centre, features artworks by seven graduating honours students from the Department of Visual Arts: Julia Chamberlain, Holley Corfield, Emma German, Amy Hansen, Stacey Kinder, Monique Mol, and Lauren Regier.

    This exhibition is the culmination of eight months of work during which students have pursued the creation of a sustained body of artwork. Under the mentorship of professors Donna Szőke and Jean Bridge, students have each evolved individual creative approaches to the delicate complexities of memory, touch, presence and evidence.

    The Department of Visual Arts partners with Rodman Hall to make it possible for graduating students to work in the studios at the gallery and engage directly with Curators Marcie Bronson and Stuart Reid and guest artists who exhibit at Rodman Hall throughout the year. In this stimulating environment, students are challenged to take their work from experimentation and making to professional-level production and exhibition. Students in the Honours Studio forge rigorous and impactful work within this unique context that enhances their future opportunities for graduate studies or professional creative practice with a strong portfolio.

    Such exhibits from the Department of Visual Arts are key to the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts’ mandate to connect the community with the breadth of talent and creativity at Brock University.

     

    Rodman Hall Art Centre / Brock University
    109 St. Paul Crescent, St. Catharines, Ontario L2S 1M3
    TEL 905.684.2925
    FAX 905.682.4733
    www.brocku.ca/rodmanhall

    Gallery Hours:

    Tuesday to Sunday: 10 am to 5 pm
    Thursday: 10 am to 9 pm
    Closed Monday and statutory holidays
    Admission is by donation.
    Free community event

     

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