Welcome to the McClure Gallery
– a contemporary venue for the visual arts.
The Visual Arts Centre’s McClure Gallery features monthly exhibitions as well as seminars and lectures on themes and issues relevant to the visual arts community. Exhibition catalogues are also published when funding is available. Director: Victoria LeBlanc; Exhibitions Co-ordinator: Jean-Philippe McGurrin; Exhibitions Director; Renée Duval. The Centre gratefully acknowledges the support of the Conseil des arts de Montréal (CAM).
Leopold L. Foulem Tale of the Initiated.
Date: Thursday Feb. 20, 2014 at 7:00 pm
“Upon reaching a certain age, we come to understand that our lived experience and how its recounted historically are often very different, so different that even the facts themselves don’t seem to correspond. The “story” I will be presenting covers fifty years of my career as a ceramist in Quebec, Canada and in America.
Considering that technology has rendered obsolete and even inaccessible a number of witnesses to my wanderings and that some have even disappeared, my presentation represents a return to the source, a placing of things in context, which will pay hommage to the actors who shared the journey with us, all the while staying true to our lived experience.”
Leopold L. Foulem has enjoyed a prolific exhibition career. He is the recipient of the Jean A. Chalmers National Crafts Award, theSaidye-Bronfman Award for Excellence in crafts, and the Eloizes Award for Artist of the Year in Acadia.
Jennifer Wicks Artist/Teacher/Researcher
Dates: Thursday, March 20, 2014 at 7:00 pm
Currently working on her PhD in Art Education at Concordia University, Jennifer Wicks discusses how her experience as a ceramic artist and teacher led to her current research on safe space in the community art classroom.
Jennifer is informed and influenced by her multi disciplinary art/teaching practice, and role as Director of the Youth, Teen and Outreach programmes at the Visual Arts Centre. Her research deals with community art education, with a focus on curriculum, teaching approaches and classroom design to enhance student learning and artistic development. Jennifer has been exhibiting her own artwork in and around Montréal for 15 years. While her work has been mostly in ceramics, more recently she has approached her creative process with a researcher’s understanding, using multi disciplinary, new media installation as a vehicle to explore the notion of experience.
Sandra Paikowsky Seeing Ourselves – Portraying Montrealers
Dates: 7:30 pm Wednesday, March 26 2014 and May 14 2014
Following the success of last year’s series by well-known art historian Sandra Paikowsky, we’ve invited her back for this second series of three lectures on how Montreal painters visually portrayed the people of Montreal, from the early nineteenth century to the current day. The talks will show the change from formal images of the Montreal elite to more casual images of the majority of its citizens as well as imaginary portraiture. These illustrated talks will also address how the changing concerns of painting people and the evolution of Montreal itself have always gone hand-in-hand with the way we see ourselves.
Sandra Paikowsky, recently retired from the Art History Department of Concordia University, was the director of the Concordia Art Gallery and the founding editor of the Journal of Canadian Art History.