• Two Upcoming Exhibitions for Visual Arts Professor Duncan MacDonald

    (Source: The Brock News, Thursday, September 16, 2010)

    Duncan MacDonald is exhibiting new artworks in two solo exhibitions — one at Rodman Hall in a show entitled “Little Revolutions”, and the second at p|m Gallery in Toronto in a exhibition called “Babble”. Info on these exhibitions can be found online at Rodman Hall and p|m Gallery.

    The p|m Gallery exhibit began on Sept. 2 and goes to Sept. 25. The Rodman Hall exhibit will have an opening reception on Sept. 30 from 7 to 9 p.m., and an artist’s talk on Thursday, Oct. 21 at 7 p.m. It can be viewed until Jan. 2, 2011.

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  • “The Art of Activism: Voice and Visual Culture in 19th-Century Animal Welfare Campaigns”

    (Source: The Brock News, Thursday, September 2, 2010)

    Keri Cronin presented a paper entitled “The Art of Activism: Voice and Visual Culture in 19th-Century Animal Welfare Campaigns” at the Association for Literature, Environment and Culture in Canada (ALECC) Conference held at Cape Breton University Aug. 19 to 22.

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  • First Marilyn I. Walker endowed Chair in Creativity, Imagination and Innovation announced

    (Source: The Brock News, Wednesday, February 10, 2010)

    Brock has announced the creation and first recipient of the Marilyn I. Walker Chair in Creativity, Imagination and Innovation.

    The Chair is awarded to the Director of the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts for the duration of their term as Director. Derek Knight, the current Director of the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts, is the first person to hold the position. The endowed Chair supports building the school’s programs, enhancing its facilities and positioning it to be one of the best fine arts schools in North America.

    “Today we are announcing the first privately endowed Chair in the history of Brock,” said President Jack Lightstone. “This Chair represents a major step in the development of our University because it helps us fulfill our blueprint for the future — which includes fostering research and creative activity, expanding graduate and professional programs, enhancing interdisciplinary studies and community engagement. Our goal is to establish endowed chairs in all six faculties at Brock.”

    From left: Jack Lightstone, Marilyn I. Walker, Derek Knight, Rosemary Hale

    Renowned Canadian fibre artist Marilyn I. Walker made the Chair possible with a $15 million gift to the University’s School of Fine and Performing Arts in November 2008 — the largest donation the University has ever received. The gift was endowed in perpetuity to support the future improvement of the School and its programming. This Chair represents the first tangible outcome of this vision.

    “This announcement is about advancing the arts at Brock and in Niagara,” said Rosemary Hale, Dean, Faculty of Humanities. “It is also about enhancing our capacity to play a key role in partnering with our surrounding communities to influence the cultural redevelopment of our region as we work to build a world-class arts facility for our students, faculty, staff and patrons.”

    Funds associated with the Chair will be used to support programming and investments at the School to build up its and University’s reputation in the area of fine and performing arts.

    Derek Knight has worked at Brock since 1985. He teaches courses in 20th century European and North American art history, contemporary art and theory, and contributes to the MA program in Studies in Comparative Literatures and Arts. In addition to his own production of photo-based, conceptual and site-specific art and participation in more than thirty group shows, Knight has developed a profile as an independent curator.

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  • Auction supports arts scholarships

    (Source: The Brock Press, Thursday, December 3, 2009)

    An ongoing auction in the lobby of the Sean O’Sullivan Theatre is raising money for arts scholarships.

    The first Faculty, Staff and Alumni Fine Art Auction benefits the Marilyn I. Walker Scholarship Fund. The Department of Visual Arts – the host of the auction – plans to make it an annual event.

    The silent auction features a variety of works, with represented mediums including painting, printmaking, sculpture and photography. This special occasion will allow auction attendees to add to their art collection in a philanthropic manner, the department said in a media release.

    The auction started Thursday, Nov. 26 and runs until Friday, Dec. 11. There will be a closing reception from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. in Dec. 11 in the Sean O’Sullivan Theatre lobby. Cash or cheques will be accepted.

    Faculty, staff and community art enthusiasts can preview the works during Centre for the Arts box office hours. Those are:

    Monday to Friday: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
    Saturday: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

    For more information, contact Marie Balsom at or 905-688-5550 x4765.

    Related links:
    Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts

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