With post-secondary students emerging from the depths of their textbooks and beginning to frolic in the wide outside world, some excellent imagination-expanding destinations exist in our local galleries!
I Look for the Once Forgotten… / PUSH 2014
Various 2014 BFA Graduates
Nickle Galleries / C2 (Formerly MOCA)
April 24 – May 24 / April 25 – May 4
The University of Calgary is showcasing its students in two different shows this month. Emerging artists Sarah de Boer, Katie Green, Kriss Janik and Kathleen Ralph have each developed work around unique creative research theses including mysteries of the body, the liminal, memory and familial relationships. Media on display at the Nickle Galleries include drawing, printmaking, sculpture and video. PUSH 2014, downtown at C2 (part of Contemporary Calgary), features a juried exhibition of senior student work and will include 39 artists working in similar disciplines, in addition to painting and photography.
ACAD Graduating Student Show
ACAD | Main Mall, 3rd Floor and Illingworth Kerr Gallery
May 13 – 25
See some of ACAD’s highest quality student work on display throughout the building, as studios are dismantled and walls rearranged to reveal a series of vast, bright spaces. Nearly 200 artists are participating this year (including myself, if ever you were curious). Ceramics, drawing, fibre, glass, jewelry/metals, media arts/digital technologies, painting, photography, print media, sculpture and visual communication design are represented, offering a sneak peak of what’s about to become more visible in the larger creative community. There is even the opportunity to hear about the processes and concepts behind these works from the artists’ knowledgeable colleagues at the May 13 opening reception and perhaps to meet the artists themselves! All over tasty snacks and drinks, following a couple good weeks of rest.
By Cait Lepla
Illustrations: Najmeh Moheb (top), Kim Son Duong (middle)