7:00pm - 9:00pm
Hear from the artist and special guest speakers as we celebrate award winning ceramicist, Grace Nickel. Enjoy cocktails and hors d’œuvres at this rooftop event (rain location: Eckhardt Hall).
Nickel’s studio practice embraces new technologies and methods by building on traditional ceramic histories and processes. Today, she primarily produces experiential sculptural installations, often introducing organic forms to more familiar porcelain shapes like vases or columns. Nickel is the recipient of the Governor General’s 2023 Saidye Bronfman Award. She grew up in Plum Coulee, Manitoba, the birthplace of Saidye Bronfman herself.
Grace Nickel is an award-winning artist who has been successful in numerous competitions, including the Mino International Ceramics Competition, Japan, the Taiwan Golden Ceramics Awards, the Cheongju International Craft Biennale in Korea, the Fletcher Ceramic Awards in New Zealand, and the Taiwan Ceramics Biennale. She was selected for the Fule International Art Museums Project in Fuping, China creating work for the Canadian Museum. Public commissions include Donors’ Forest for the Beechwood National Cemetery of Canada in Ottawa. Permanent collections include the Museum of Modern Ceramic Art in Gifu, Japan, the New Taipei City Yingge Ceramics Museum in Taiwan, the Fremantle Museum in Australia, the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, and the Winnipeg Art Gallery.
Nickel has attended numerous artist residencies in Canada and abroad, including at the International Ceramics Studio in Kecskemét, Hungary, the Pottery Workshop in Jingdezhen, China, Curtin University in Perth, Australia, the Banff Centre, and the Medalta Potteries in Alberta. She is presently teaching as Professor in the School of Art at the University of Manitoba. Grace Nickel is the recipient of the Governor General’s 2023 Saidye Bronfman Award. She grew up in Plum Coulee, Manitoba, the birthplace of Saidye Bronfman herself.