That’s it, all finished, lovely ending in Winnipeg following Sheila Spence’s end key note for MAWA’s Who Counts: A Feminist Art Conference. A big thank you to everyone, the artists, the galleries, the curators and directors and support staff, prepators, designers, to everyone who came, who saw, who engaged, who wrote publicly, who wrote privately, all of you. Cheers.


Recent Press

Winnipeg Free Press

Canadian Art conference

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in case you need a quick fix

So while the show is on hiatus until the summer, here is some incomplete information on what a few of these under achievers will be up to in the next little while:


Amalie Atkins has been super busy at work for a major solo exhibition at The Mackenzie this Winter and Spring titled, we live on the edge of disaster and imagine we are in a musical, running February 1 to June 14, 2014. No one has seen her in months, so go to the opening on January 31!

Tammi Campbell will be leading a residency at Artscape’s Gibraltor Point in March called Unfaithful Remake. Registration deadline is February 7! Around the same time as the residency, Tammi will be in a feature spread by Nancy Tousley out in the Spring 2014 issue of Canadian Art, and she will also be in the show echoes at Galerie Hugues Charbonneau in Montreal, April 2014. There’s actually more, but that’s enough to know, right?

Brenda Draney’s solo exhibition, Suspend, at The Art Gallery of Alberta opened earlier this year and runs until March 9. Here’s a preview/interview of the show from The Edmonton Journal.

Divya Mehra has been busy tweeting working on her first solo exhibition with Georgia Scherman Projects opening on March 6 and running until April 12, 2014

Wednesday Lupypciw is currently one of the ACAD alumni in the exhibition, In The Making, curated by Diana Sherlock, running January 16 to March 1, 2014
. In April and May, Wednesday will be showing the LOOM MUSIC video en francais at La Centrale as part of a 2-person show with Jenna Dawn McLellan. Annnnd this summer, a second group drum gig will be taking place in Regina with the Dunlop + Queen City Pride. For a previous iteration, check out this review on FADO’s blog by Caroline Azar.

Sarah Anne Johnson is currently the Artist in Residence at Emily Carr University for this semester, but Sarah will still be on the road a lot, including being in the group exhibition New Mythologies at Alfred University and giving an artist talk on January 31, 2014. She will also soon be in the third 3 person group exhibition as part of Platform Stockholm’s Curatron program, which is a thing I do not understand. However, Peter von Tiesenhausen will also be part of this so I am excited for them. Opening on February 8.

Estevan Art Gallery will feature a solo exhibition by Leesa Streifler, Embodied, between March 14 and April 25, 2014. Later on in the year, I believe Heather Benning will also have a solo exhibition there. Currently, Leesa and Heather share hallways together at The University of Regina where Leesa is a Professor of Visual Art and where Heather is their 2014-15 Artist in Residence.

Heather will also be executing a large scale rural sculpture in Norfolk County.  Here is a youtube video of the first part of her residency there.




2014 news

The exhibition has wrapped up its time in Saskatoon and it’s heading to Winnipeg for a summer/fall run. We’re honoured to be one of the last shows to be seen in The Mendel before its big move and transition into becoming The Remai Art Gallery of Saskatchewan.

While we hammer out the details for Winnipeg, stayed tuned to MAWA‘s upcoming 30th Anniversary celebrations as we will work towards an epic closing reception/panel/party in September. Stay tuned!

For now, some recent press:

December 13 – 19, 2013, “When Words Are Not Enough” Verb Magazine, byline Alex MacPherson (pages 14 – 15)

January 16, 2014, “Prairie Positive” Canadian Art, byline Alison Cooley

Mendel Gallery Podcast v5 Episode 4, Interview by Troy Gronsdahl

Catalogues are now available

Copies are available at The Art Gallery of Grande Prairie and at The Mendel Art Gallery for purchase and available through online orders at ABC Art Books.

They Made A Day Be A Day Here

Edited by Amy Fung

Mendel Art Gallery
94 pp 29 col. ill. 11 x 7 in softcover
$10.00 Can./U.S.
September 2013

Drawing its title from the writings of Gertrude Stein, this survey of twelve women artists living and working across the vast expanse of the Canadian prairies weaves together issues of time and identity through mediating histories ranging from from craft to Modernism. Born from Amy Fung’s travels and encounters, these essays, stories and biographies provide the reader with a conceptual voyage where place and gender meet. Featured artists are Amalie Atkins, Heather Benning, Jennifer Bowes, Tammi Campbell, Brenda Draney, Sarah Anne Johnson, Wednesday Lupypciw, Maria Madacky, Mary-Anne McTrowe, Divya Mehra, Jennifer Stillwell, and Leesa Streifler. Essays by Anthea Black & Nicole Burisch, Joan Borsa, Shawna Dempsey & Lorri Millan. Co-published with Art Gallery of Grande Prairie and School of Art Gallery, University of Manitoba.


During the AGGP opening, there had been discussion of astrojamming the lineup because that is clearly the way forward. It’s been three months, and it still hasn’t been done, possibly because none of us actually know what astrojamming may entail; but this here is at least a beginning:

The Sun Sign line up of the show features: a Leo, Gemini, Scorpio, Aries, Pisces, Cancer, Aquarius, Aquarius, Libra, Scorpio, Gemini/Cancer cusp, and a Gemini. Curated by a Scorpio.

Definitely Water energy, which as we all know, is desperately needed in the prairies.

On to the Mendel!

Just like that, They Made A Day Be A Day Here wraps up its run at the Art Gallery of Grande Prairie! A huge thanks to everyone there including the prep team of Rob Swanston, Todd Schaber, Doug Wills, and Melanie Jenner for your extra help.

Packing it up and crating it out! Photo courtesy of Jennifer Bowes, 2013.


Suzy Lake at AGGP this summer!

For Immediate Release: April 23, 2013




June 7- August 25, 2013 

Art Gallery of Grande Prairie

Opening: Friday, June 7, 7 – 9 pm

Panel discussion with artists in attendance: Saturday, June 8, 2pm


Two exhibitions will meet in the new Art Gallery of Grande Prairie this summer spanning four decades of challenging, provocative works addressing identity and image-making.


Suzy Lake’s Whose Gaze Is It Now? is comprised of Lake’s portraits from the beginning of her career in the early seventies until the present time.


The exhibition features several vintage photographic installations from the late seventies. With overt reference to Travis Bickle’s famous monologue from the film Taxi Driver, Lake’s Are You Talking to Me?, 1978/79, installation is made from stretched-negative photographs. An early suites of works – Imitations of Myself, 1973/2012  is a grid sequence of 21 c-prints where Lake is seen applying makeup. While having been shot in the early seventies, these works have only now been fully realized. By portraying self-transformations through multi-step processes, Lake places emphasis on the artifice that is innate not only to portraiture, but also to image-making itself.


Suzy Lake was one of a pioneering group of artists in the early seventies to adopt performance, video and photography in order to explore the politics of gender, the body and identity. Today, in works such as the lightbox triptych Beauty At A Proper Distance/In Song, 2002/12, Lake continues to use references to the body as a means to investigate notions of beauty and aging in the context of youth and consumer culture. 
Born in Detroit, Toronto-based Suzy Lake has a long exhibition career in Canada, Europe, the United States, South America and Asia. Recent exhibitions include: WACK! Art and the Feminist Revolution 1965–1980, curated by Connie Butler, first shown at the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, 2007; Suzy Lake: Political Poetics, curated by Matt Brower and Carla Garnet, first shown at the University of Toronto Art Centre, 2011. A retrospective exhibition, curated by Sophie Hackett, Michelle Jacques, and Georgiana Uhlyarik, will be at the Art Gallery of Ontario in 2013.

Suzy Lake is presented in partnership with Georgia Scherman Projects


Contact: 416.554.4112
or info@georgiascherman.com



They Made A Day Be A Day Here


“They made a day be a day here. They made a day be a day here. They made a day be a day here by a year by a year yearly they made a day be a day here by the year.”

Gertrude Stein, How to Write, 1931


Spanning five years and over four hundred posts later, the founder and author of Prairie Artsters has organized a pan-prairie exhibition of contemporary artists. Featuring a line up of Amalie Atkins, Heather Benning, Jennifer Bowes, Tammi Campbell, Brenda Draney, Sarah Anne Johnson, Wednesday Lupypciw, Maria Madacky, Mary-Anne McTrowe, Divya Mehra, Jennifer Stillwell, and Leesa Streifler, They Made A Day Be A Day Here focuses on new works that explore the shifting identities of artists living and working in the Canadian prairies.


The artists in this exhibition are largely born after 1970 and focus has been given to the wry reflections of invisibility in artistic labour production. The works assembled together for They Made A Day Be A Day Here are addressing issues of time, labour, place, and identity through mediating histories of lineages and methodologies from craft to Modernism.


They Made A Day Be A Day Here is being guest curated by Amy Fung.


Contact: 780.532.8111or info@aggp.ca


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Sobey Long List Revealed

Congratulations to Amalie Atkins, Brenda Draney, and Divya Mehra for their Sobey long list nomination 2013! Along with fellow nominees Mark Clintberg and Simon Hughes, they are representing the Prairies and North region. The Sobey Art Award was created to honor Canadian artists under 40 years of age and previous recipients include Brian Jungen and Raphaelle de Groot.

Read the full story here.