Crafting a New Dialogue around Craft and Curation
Join us for this one day symposium exploring ideas around innovation, curation and creation in craft.
Members $50 / Non-Members $100
Panel Discussion: The artist-curator relationship
10am - Noon
Stuart Reid + Susan Low-Beer
Virginia Eichhorn + Michele Karch-Ackerman
Textile and Memory
1om - 2:30pm
Workshop with Michele Karch-Ackerman
Michele Karch-Ackerman is a nationally recognized contemporary installation artist whose work is known for its provocative and touching mining of the 'smaller' and often tragic histories of Canada's past through employing 'the domestic acts of love'.
Clay and Experimentation
3:00pm - 4:30pm
Workshop with Susan Low-Beer
Susan Low-Beer has exhibited internationally in Europe, United States, Japan and Korea, as well as nationally in both juried and invitational exhibitions and has been the recipient of numerous grants and awards. She currently teaches and works in Toronto and has a 30 year retrospective at the Clay and Glass Gallery in Waterloo. http://susanlow-beer.com/
Michele Karch-Ackerman is a nationally recognized contemporary installation artist whose work is known for its provocative and touching mining of the 'smaller' and often tragic histories of Canada's past through employing 'the domestic acts of love': commemorating those who died in sanatoria, the plight of unwed mothers, the sad childhood of the famous Dionne Quintuplets, the 'Lost Boys' of the First World War and the children lost to pioneer mothers. A graduate of Ontario College of Art and Design, her installations have been shown in over forty solo exhibitions at public galleries across Canada, including a retrospective at the Tom Thomson Gallery, participation in Fashionality at the McMichael Gallery and her most recent exhibition 'Bluebird Dress Factory' at the Campbell House Museum in Toronto (in conjunction with the ornithology department at the ROM). She has been the recipient of numerous awards from the Ontario Arts Council and Canada Council, a guest juror for Ontario Arts Council grant applications for emerging, mid career, artist in education and artist run centres, awarded residencies throughout Canada and received national media coverage in print, radio and television. Michele has taught for over twenty five years at the Haliburton School of Art and Design and runs independent creativity classes from her studios in Buckhorn and Peterborough.
Susan Low-Beer received her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree at Mount Allison University and her Masters of Fine Arts in the United States at the Cranbrook Academy of Art with a major in painting. She has exhibited internationally in Europe, United States, Japan and Korea, as well as nationally in both juried and invitational exhibitions and has been the recipient of numerous grants and awards. In 1999 she received the Saidye Bronfman Award for Excellence in the Crafts and in 2000 was inducted into the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts. She currently teaches and works in Toronto.
Stuart Reid is an Independent Curator and Arts Writer and has over 25 years of experience as a leader in the not-for-profit sector. He joined Community Foundation Grey Bruce as Executive Director in 2016 after serving for over four years at Brock University in St. Catharines as Director/Curator of Rodman Hall Art Centre. He has also served as Executive Director of the Mackenzie Art Gallery in Regina, Saskatchewan, and was an Adjunct Professor at the University of Regina, from 2009 to 2012. From 2001 to 2009, he was Director/Curator of the Tom Thomson Art Gallery in Owen Sound. He has also held curatorial posts at Art Gallery of Mississauga (2002-2009) and the former Ontario Crafts Council Gallery (1999-2002). Reid is a graduate of York University in Toronto. He also completed the J. Paul Getty Trust’s Museum Leadership Institute training at the University of California at Berkeley in 2002. He is an elected member of IKT International Curators of Contemporary Art Network, Luxembourg. An award-winning writer, Reid is the author of over 60 exhibition catalogues and several books. An active community volunteer, he is a former president of the Ontario Association of Art Galleries and currently sits on the Board of Craft Ontario.
Virginia Eichhorn has worked in the visual arts field for over thirty years and was appointed to the position of ED and Curator of Quest Art School + Gallery in July 2018. Previously she was Director & Chief Curator of the Tom Thomson Art Gallery from 2009 to 2018 and was the first full-time curator at the Canadian Clay & Glass Gallery. She is a graduate of the Art History programme at Queen’s University. As an independent curator she has presented exhibitions at numerous prestigious venues including the XII Biennale of Art at Villa Nova Cerveira in Portugal. She has worked extensively with artists from across Canada and abroad, including Carl Beam, Judy Chicago, Vessna Perunovich, Jane Ash Poitras and Peter Von Tiesenhausen, developing exhibitions for high profile Canadian galleries and museums. In addition to curating, she has written numerous catalogue essays and has contributed articles to prominent Canadian magazines including Artichoke, Canadian Art, Border Crossings, ESPACE Sculpture and international magazines such as Ceramics Monthly. She is a member of the Aboriginal Curatorial Collective, the International Association of Art Museum Curators (IKT), the Canadian Art Museum Directors’ Organization (CAMDO) and the Association of Art Museum Curators and is Past-President of the Ontario Association of Art Galleries. Previous board tenures include the Association of Native Development in the Performing and Visual Arts (ANDPVA), Visual Arts Ontario (VAO), Visual Arts Alliance (VAO), Cahiers métiers d’art /Craft Journal and the National Historic Site Alliance of Ontario (NHSAO). In 2009 she won the Jean Johnson/Melanie Egan Award for Curatorial Excellence awarded by the Ontario Crafts Council.In 2016 she successfully completed the Certificate in Not-for-Profit and Charity Finance Leadership programme through the Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario programme.