WAG Hosts Winnipeg Now Artist Panel


Join artists Shawna Dempsey and Lorri Millan, KC Adams, and Dominique Rey for a lively panel discussion at the Winnipeg Art Gallery at 7pm, Friday, November 16.  All artists featured in the WAG exhibition Winnipeg Now, they will be in conversation with exhibition co-curator and art critic Robert Enright. Border Crossings editor Meeka Walsh, co-curator of the exhibition, will introduce the panel.

KC Adams works in media that includes sculpture, installation, drawing, painting, photography, ceramics, printmaking and kinetic art. She has been featured in several solo and group exhibitions in Canadian cities and Paris, France. Adams has participated in residencies at the Banff Centre, the Confederation Art Centre in Charlottetown, National Museum of the American Indian in New York, and the Canada Council’s International residency in Parramatta, NSW. She has received several grants and awards from the Winnipeg Arts Council, the Manitoba Arts Council, and the Canada Council for the Arts. Her works are in the collections of the National Gallery of Canada and the Indian and Inuit Art Centre in Ottawa, and the Canadian Consulate in Sydney, NSW.

Shawna Dempsey and Lorri Millan have collaborated on performances, films, videos, publications, and public art projects since 1989. Their provocative, humorous, feminist performance art pieces have toured extensively throughout North America, Europe, Australia, and Japan, and their art video and film works have been screened in venues ranging from women’s centres in Sri Lanka to the Museum of Modern Art, NYC. As WAG guest curators from 2006 to 2008, they curated three significant group exhibitions—Supernovas, In The Blink of An Eye, and Subconscious City. Performance artifacts, films, and videos by Dempsey and Millan are held in collections including the Winnipeg Art Gallery, the National Gallery of Canada, the Regina Public Libraries, Planned Parenthood USA, the American Indian Reservation Centre, and colleges and universities throughout North America.

Dominique Rey is a painter, photographer, video artist, and performance artist whose work has been exhibited across Canada and in the United States, Germany, and Slovakia. She immerses herself in the world she is using as material, whether that means living with exotic dancers in South Carolina for her series Selling Venus/Vénus au miroir (her photo essay from this body of work published in Border Crossings won a Gold Medal at the National Magazine Awards); or working on Les Filles de la Croix, a seven year project on a disappearing order of nuns that has taken her to Brazil, Argentina, and France (part of which is featured in Winnipeg Now). A selection of awards and grants include the Canada Council for the Arts, the Manitoba Arts Council, the Winnipeg Arts Council, the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation, and La Fondation Ricard. Rey was named Winnipeg’s Visual Arts Ambassador for the 2010 Cultural Capital of Canada.

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The Winnipeg Art Gallery is celebrating its Centennial year with an unparalleled series of exhibitions, programs, and events promoting the power of art in life. As Manitoba's leading art museum, the WAG is home to over 26,000 works of art spanning ten centuries, including the world's preeminent collection of contemporary Inuit art.

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