WAG Announces Selection Committee for Major Contemporary Show

Celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2012, the Winnipeg Art Gallery is Canada’s oldest civic gallery and one of the country’s largest. The WAG is planning a milestone year of celebrations of art, programs, and special events from September 2012 through September 2013. It all kicks off on September 29, 2012 with the contemporary exhibition Winnipeg Now, featuring ten of Winnipeg’s hottest and brightest artists currently shining on the national and international art scene. The longlist for Winnipeg Now will be determined in July 2011, and the final selection will be announced at the beginning of September 2011.

The selection committee for Winnipeg Now consists of four respected arts professionals from across the country, along with Mary Reid, WAG Curator of Contemporary Art and Photography, and WAG Director Stephen Borys.

Winnipeg Now will reconfirm Winnipeg’s place on the international stage in contemporary art, says Stephen Borys, “and audiences will be amazed at the remarkable scope of art being produced by artists living in or associated with our city.”

Over the last decade the artistic ingeniuty that has longed defined Winnipeg has now established this city as a hotbed of talent in the global art arena. Winnipeg Now will capture this “moment” in contemporary practice, highlighting the very best and newest work that is being created right now.

“I am ecstatic that this amazing group of professionals will be joining us in creating this remarkable exhibition at the WAG,” says Reid. “Their expertise, breadth of knowledge, and sound advice will help shape a truly defining exhibition that represents the richness and diversity of practice by some of Canada’s leading contemporary artists.”


Winnipeg Now Selection Committee

Josée Drouin-Brisebois, Curator of Contemporary Art at the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa • Drouin-Brisebois holds a Masters of Arts, Art History from the University of Montreal. She has organized and written essays for numerous exhibitions and publications, and is currently organizing the Canadian participation of the Venice Biennale 2011 which will feature an exhibition of Steven Shearer’s recent work.

Bruce Grenville. Senior Curator at the Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver • Bruce Grenville was the founding editor of the YYZ Books: Critical Works series and a former Toronto editor of Parachute magazine. He has written for many major arts publications and has curated a wide variety of group and solo exhibitions.

Robin Metcalfe, Director/Curator of the Saint Mary's University Art Gallery, Halifax • Writer, critic and curator, Robin Metcalf works with a wide range of media and cultural practices, including visual arts, architecture, craft and design, and has a special interest in issues of Queer identity, gender and the body. His fiction, poetry and essays have been published in 15 anthologies and more than fifty magazines, in four languages and on four continents.

Dr. Johanne Sloan, Associate Professor and Graduate Program Director, Department of Art History, Concordia University, Montreal • Johanne Sloan’s teaching and research encompass modern and contemporary Canadian art, the interdisciplinary study of landscape, and questions related to visual and material culture. She has written extensively about Canadian art and visual culture.

Dr. Stephen Borys, Executive Director, Winnipeg Art Gallery • Stephen Borys also holds the posts of Adjunct Professor at the University of Winnipeg and Scholar in Residence at the University of Manitoba. He was previously Curator of Collections at the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, and has held curatorial posts at the Allen Art Museum, Oberlin College and at the National Gallery of Canada. He has organized numerous exhibitions, written accompanying catalogues, collection guides and articles, and has lectured across North America.

Mary Reid, Curator of Contemporary Art and Photography, Winnipeg Art Gallery •Mary Reid has taught and lectured on art and contemporary issues regarding curating and exhibition practice at the University of Winnipeg, University of Manitoba, and Georgian College. She has curated a number of exhibitions and contributed to various publications, exhibition catalogues, and magazines focused on contemporary art.








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