WAG Presents Canada’s First Symposium on Women Sculptors

The Winnipeg Art Gallery and Mentoring Artists for Women’s Art (MAWA) have partnered to present Canada’s first symposium focused on the sculptural work by women artists. Sculptural Vocabularies: A symposium exploring the sculptural practices of contemporary Canadian women artists will be held in the WAG’s Muriel Richardson Auditorium January 20 to 22, 2011.

“The medium of sculpture, particularly in public art, continues to be male dominated,” says WAG Director Stephen Borys. “The WAG is leading the way in providing this exciting opportunity to bring together female sculptural practitioners from across Canada to network, to discuss issues pertaining to three dimensional work, and to share professional experiences and strategies.

Keynote speakers are Canadian sculptor Catherine Widgery, best known in Winnipeg for her stunning sculpture of wheat sheaves and bison on the Norwood Bridge (Thursday, January 20), and Mexican artist Yolanda Paulsen Saturday, January 22). Paulsen’s predominant theme is how all things, animate and inanimate, are interconnected and form a unity as a whole.

Panelists and moderators include artists Mary Anne Barkhouse, Shary Boyle, Aganetha Dyck, Faye Heavyshield, Candice Hopkins, Jennifer Stillwell, Elizabeth Roy, and Tricia Wasney; WAG Curators Mary Reid, Darlene Coward Wight, and Andrew Kear; and Winnipeg artist Eva Stubbs, whose exhibition Eva Stubbs: The Rough Ideal, will be on view at the WAG at that time.

The WAG has also partnered with the organizers of the exhibition Close Encounters: The Next 500 Years to present as part of the symposium a special panel of Indigenous Canadian women artists working in three dimensions. This panel is free to the public. Close Encounters: The Next 500 Years is an exhibition of contemporary international Indigenous art organized by Plug-In ICA and presented by Winnipeg Cultural Capital of Canada 2010.

“This symposium provides a rare and valuable opportunity for people in the community, artists in particular, to broaden their knowledge and understanding of three-dimensional practices and engage in discussions with senior Canadian artists,” says Art Educator Anna Wiebe.

The early bird registration deadline is December 17. A registration form and complete information on the symposium, including artist bios, can be found at wag.ca. Individual tickets for both keynote addresses will also be available for purchase from the WAG’s front desk.



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