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Thank you to all the talented artists who submitted artwork for our 2020 Annual Juried Exhibition. Our three distinguished jurors had the pleasure of reviewing each and every artwork. After an inspiring day of assessment, 33 works have been selected for this year’s exhibition.
Selected artists (in alphabetical order by first name):
Sharron Corrigan Forrest
When reflecting on the selected artworks for the 2020 Annual Juried Exhibition, the jurors noted that an outstanding number of submissions shared precision in their execution and technical skill. The works are varied in terms of media and style, but there is a precise handling of the material in the way the works are made.
Stephanie Porter explained that there was a lot of talent in the submissions and is thankful for every artist who entered. “It can be extremely difficult, especially as an emerging artist to submit work to a jury, and I encourage everyone to, even if you are not selected this time, to enter again.” There can be an assumption that if work is not selected it is because there was something wrong with it or it was not liked by the jury, and that is not the case. Selecting 33 works for this year’s exhibition was a delicate, nuanced process, and what resulted is a wonderful grouping of artworks that will engage with visitors on multiple levels.
Noor Alé spoke about the variety of works the jury encountered noting that works dealt with a variety of themes, “there was everything from feminism to intergenerational family ties, to environmental concerns. So, I think it was quite impressive and meaningful to see an engagement with issues of our times.”
Peter Flannery added that the diversity of mediums, skill level, and technique shown through the works was impressive.
In selecting the four juror’s awards the jury considered technical skill, use of technique, and content matter in part of their decision making. Stephanie Porter noted, “I think the four artworks we selected really captured originality and uniqueness in a meaningful way.” The artists were successful in experimenting and doing something different in their respective mediums, reflected Peter Flannery.
There is something for everyone in the selected works for this exhibition with an amazing display of talent and vision across all ages and artistic backgrounds.
Noor Alé is the Assistant Curator/Registrar at the MacLaren Art Centre, Barrie. Prior to joining the MacLaren, she served as Curatorial Research Assistant for the exhibition Frontera: Views of the US-Mexico Border at the Canadian Photography Institute, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa. In addition, she has contributed to curatorial and public programs at the Abu Dhabi Project, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, NY; Art Dubai; and the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto. She holds an MA in Art History from The Courtauld Institute of Art, London and a BA in Art History from the University of Guelph. Together with Claudia Mattos, Alé co-founded AXIS, an independent curatorial lab devoted to socially-engaged projects that examine global contemporary art. In late 2019, they participated in the Shanghai Curators Lab. Their recent exhibitions include LAW & (DIS)ORDER at Vtape and EXTRACOLONIAL: Reflections for Action at Sur Gallery.
Peter Flannery is the Assistant Curator at the Canadian Clay & Glass Gallery in Waterloo, Ontario where he is leading the production of a series of installations by emerging and marginalized artists. He holds a Master of Arts in Art History and Visual Culture and a Bachelor of Arts in Art History from the University of Guelph. His thesis, The Aesthetics of Collective Identity and Activism in Toronto’s Queer and HIV/AIDS Community, examines the role of art and visual culture produced by Toronto-based artists from the 1970s to the present day in the formation of queer identities and socio-political change during the gay liberation movement and the reduction of stigma and access to treatment in the HIV/AIDS crisis. He has previously worked at the Woodstock Art Gallery, the Art Gallery of Guelph, and Renann Isaacs Contemporary Art. He was the 2018 recipient of the SLSA Edward Bruns Graduate Essay Prize and in 2019 was awarded the Lambda Foundation Scholarship in LBGT Studies.
Stephanie Porter is Head of Education at the Woodstock Art Gallery. Since 2002 she brings art appreciation and enjoyment to all members of the Oxford County community. Stephanie obtained her Fine Arts Diploma from Fanshawe College and a BA in studio specialization from the University of Waterloo. She has completed the Business Communications Certificate program at the University of Waterloo continuing education. Most recently Stephanie was nominated for the Ontario Association of Art Galleries (OAAG) Education Award for the WAG education program, Mapping Our Environment. Currently, Stephanie is also enrolled in the Ontario Museum Association’s Certificate in Museum Studies. She is a member of the Canadian Art Gallery Educators (CAGE) and a member of the Ontario Museum Association (OMA).