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​Koerner Artist in Residence Program

The Koerner Artist in Residence Program is an annual professional residency in the Fine Art (Visual Art) Program at Queen's University. The residency program provides students with unique access to mentorship from a celebrated artist, and gives the artist a chance to share their expertise.

For Kingston and area community members, the program offers a platform whereby contemporary art is shared and articulated. The residency is an integrated itinerary of classroom activities, studio time, one-to-one critiques, and opportunities to build relationships with students, faculty members and community artists.

This artist residency is made possible by the generous support of the Koerner Foundation.

 

The 2016-2017 Koerner Artist in Residence is Nadia Myre

The Fine Art Program (Visual Art) at Queen’s University is very pleased to present Nadia Myre, a major Canadian visual artist who is highly respected and internationally active.

Myre has been invited to Queen’s as the 2016-2017 Koerner Artist-in-Residence. All are welcome to attend the public events and admission is free.

Public Lecture

As part of the Queen’s Koerner Artist in Residence Program, there will be an illustrated public lecture by Nadia Myre on her works on Tuesday, October 18, from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm in Stirling Hall, Room 301 A.

Artist Presentation & Reception

The Agnes Etherington Art Centre will present a public talk by Queen’s Koerner Artist-in- Residence, Nadia Myre on the evening of Wednesday, October 26 at 7:00. A reception will follow.

For additional details, please view the poster below and an additional poster here and the media release page 1 here and page 2 here.

Nadia Myre is a visual artist from Quebec and an Algonquin member of the Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg First Nation. Her multi-disciplinary practice employs collaborative processes as a strategy for engaging in conversations about identity, resilience and politics of belonging. Whether she utilizes beading, photography or sound, of her installations Myre says, “I always try to create a work that can mean a lot by being very specific about the materials I use. Poetry is like that; it has an economy of language that I can relate to. It can mean many things or one very specific thing depending on how you read it.”

A graduate from Camosun College (1995), Emily Carr (1997), and Concordia University (MFA, 2002), Myre is recipient of numerous grants and awards, notably: Sobey Art Award (2014), Pratt & Whitney Canada’s ‘Les Elles de l’art for the Conseil des arts de

Montréal (2011), Quebec Arts Council’s Prix à la création artistique pour la region des Laurentides (2009), and a Fellowship from the Eiteljorg Museum (2003). Recent solo exhibitions include Oraison/Orison (OBORO, Montreal), Needleworks (McLaren Art Centre, Barrie, Ontario), Nadia Myre: Symbology(Carleton University Art Gallery, Ottawa) and Skin Tissue––as part of Hides: Skin as Material and Metaphor, (National Museum of American Indian, New York, NY). Her work The Scar Project was selected for both the 2011 Montréal Biennale and 2012 Sydney Biennial. Recent group exhibitions include Formes et Paroles (Gorée, Senegal), 2014 Shanghai Biennale: Social Factory (Power Station of Art, Shanghai, P.R.C), 2014 Sobey Art Award Exhibition, (Winnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg), Sakahàn (National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa), Water Diary (FRAC Haute-Normandie, Sotteville-lès-Rouen, FR), L’image Rôde (Le Fresnoy, FR), Changing Hands 3 (Museum of Art and Design, New York, NY), Pour une république des rêves (CRAC Alsace - Centre Rhénan d’Art Contemporain, Altkirch,

FR), Time, Le temp du dessin (Ensemble Poirel, Nancy, France), Vantage Point: The Contemporary Native Art Collection (National Museum of American Indian National Mall, Washington, DC), It Is What It Is (National Gallery of Canada), Femmes Artistes.

L’éclatement des frontières 1965-2000 (Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, QC). Her work has received accolades from the New York Times, Le Monde, The Washington Post, Le Devoir, and has been featured in ARTnews, American Craft Magazine, ETC, Parachute, Canadian Art, C Magazine, Monopol, and ESSE. Myre’s work is held by corporate and public collections including: MacKenzie Art Gallery, City of Ottawa, Canada Council Art Bank, National Gallery of Canada, Musée de la civilization (Québec), Musée National des Beaux-Arts du Québec, Bibliothèque et archives nationales du Québec, National Museum of American Indian, and Fonds Regional d’Art Contemporain de Lorraine in France. Works may be found on permanent exhibition at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, the Canadian Museum of History and the National Gallery of Canada.

This artist residency is made possible by the generous support of the Koerner Foundation. For more information, please contact Kathleen Sellars <sellarsk@queensu.cawww.queensu.ca/bfa

 

The 2015-2016 Koerner Artist in Residence is Ciara Phillips

We are very pleased to announce that Ciara Phillips is the 2015-2016 Koerner Artist in Residence. Ciara's residency is scheduled for February 22 - March 4, 2016.

Ciara Phillips (born 1976 in Ottawa, Canada) has a BFA in Fine Art from Queen’s University, Kingston, Canada and an MA from The Glasgow School of Art (2004). Solo exhibitions have been staged at The Showroom, London (2013); Inverleith House, Edinburgh (2013); Atelier am Eck, Düsseldorf (2010); and Washington Garcia Gallery, Glasgow (2009). Group exhibitions include: There Will Be New Rules Next Week, Dundee Contemporary Arts (2013); Pull Everything Out (with Corita Kent), Spike Island, Bristol (2012); Who Decides?, Stadtgalerie Mannheim (2012); Zwishenraum: Space Between, Kunstverein Hamburg (2010). Phillips is the founder of the artist collective Poster Club and a lecturer in painting and printmaking at The Glasgow School of Art. She has been nominated for the 2014 Turner Prize. She lives and works in Glasgow.

Ciara Phillips works mainly in printmaking and her approach is expansive and experimental. Her interest lies in both the physical processes involved in printing and the capacity to explore, test and develop ideas through it. Printing requires time, space and sometimes collaboration with others, which for Phillips, distinguishes it from the directness of drawing an image straight onto a page. Printing has also been linked with political and social activism – a tool to call for action. Phillips brings all these connections into play in her art, whether she is working alone or with others.

Phillips uses screen-printing in which ink is pulled over and pushed through mesh in order to transfer an image onto paper or fabric. She exploits the opportunities offered by this method, layering colour with images and working on both small and large scales. A Lot Of Things Put Together (2013) is a large hanging piece made of five overlapping sheets of printed cotton. Abstract symbols and blocks of colour are combined with black-and-white photographs of figures. This artwork provided a starting point for an extensive work on paper, Things Put Together (2013). In both of these, Phillips uses repetition to produce visual echoes across the fabric or paper. The rhythmic aspect of these compositions is playful, but it also acts to co-ordinate the individual images into a whole, new statement. The titles of the works are drawn from the educator and activist Sister Corita Kent (1918–1986), an American artist whose use of art as an instrument for education and inspiration has been important to Phillips. The idea of ‘things put together’ not only points to the artist’s enjoyment of collage, but is a more general comment about making art.

Phillips has also developed her thinking through projects dealing with collective making. Her Workshop (2010–ongoing), held at The Showroom, London in 2013, created a studio within the gallery where she made prints every day, often working experimentally with community groups and other artists and designers. Phillips’s project transformed the gallery into a place for investigation, social action, discussion and debate.

For further information, see http://www.ciaraphillips.com/.

View the public lecture event and Artist Reception event poster here.

 

The 2014-2015 Koerner Artist in Residence is Julia Dault

Artwork by Julia Dault: 'Untitled 29'

Untitled 29/Photo by Dawn Blackman (Globe and Mail)

We are very pleased to announce that Julia Dault is the 2014-15 Koerner Artist In Residence. Julia's residency is scheduled for March 9-20, 2015.

Julia Dault, born in Toronto, is a painter and sculptor based in Brooklyn, NY. Her one-off sculptures of Formica and Plexiglas - created in a few hours on-site at a gallery, rather than over several weeks in the studio - have won her wide recognition. She received her BA in art history from McGill University in 2001 and her MFA from Parsons in 2008. In between, among other activities, she worked as a critic for the National Post. Dault's sculptural materials recall a Minimalist aesthetic while her process speaks to traditions of performance and live art. Her paintings are mainly abstract, often created out of layers of textiles, paint and (again, often) Plexiglas. Her work broke through to wider attention as part of the 2012 New Museum Triennial in New York; since then, she has exhibited at London's White Cube, the Gwangju Biennale and the Marrakech Biennale. Dault's next solo exhibition is at the International Art Objects Galleries in Los Angeles in April 2014. Her work can be found in the permanent collections of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the Saatchi Gallery and the Art Gallery of Ontario.

For further information, see http://www.juliadault.com/.

View the public lecture event and Artist Reception event poster below.

Poster for Julia Dault, 2014-2015 Koerner Artist in Residence.

The 2013-2014 Koerner Artist in Residence is Jacqueline Hoang Nguyen

Public Lecture

Purple tombstone: 'Greta Garbo'

As part of the Queen’s Koerner Artist in Residence Program, there will be an illustrated public lecture by Jacqueline Hoang Nguyen on her works on Tuesday, January 21, from 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm in the Kinesiology Building, Room 100.

Artist Presentation and Reception

The Agnes Etherington Art Centre will present a public talk by Queen’s Koerner Artist in Residence, Jacqueline Hoang Nguyen on the evening of Thursday, January 23 at 7:00. Her presentation will be on her new work titled The Making of an Archive. A reception will follow.

Show and Tell Art Critique

Modern Fuel Artist Run Centre will hold an event for artists in the Kingston area titled Show & Tell, with Jacqueline Hoang Nguyen, Queen’s Koerner Artist in Residence, on the evening of Wednesday, January 29 at 7:00 pm. Modern Fuel Artist-Run Centre is located at 21 Queen Street.

For more information, please contact Otis Tamasauskas at ockt@queensu.ca.

View the Koerner events poster here

The 2012-2013 Koerner Artist in Residence is Geoffrey Farmer

Artwork by Geoffrey Farmer: 'Leaves of Grass'

Image: Geoffrey Farmer: Leaves of Grass, 2012, Shadow puppets made from Life magazines (1935 to 1985 displayed in chronological order), tall grass, glue, Dimensions vary, Special thanks to the Morris/Trasov Archive, Commissioned and produced by dOCUMENTA (13) with the generous support of the Canada Council for the Arts, British Columbia Arts Council. Photo: Anders Sune Berg

Public Lecture

As part of the Queen’s University Koerner Artist in Residence Program, there will be an illustrated public lecture by Geoffrey Farmer on his works Wednesday, October 17, from 1:00 – 2:30 pm in Kingston Hall, Room 201.

Artist Presentation and Reception

The Agnes Etherington Art Centre will present a Philosopher’s Café with Queen’s Koerner Artist in Residence, Geoffrey Farmer on the evening of Thursday, October 18 at 7:00 pm. His presentation titled, “Factory Life: A Walking Tour of Leaves of Grasswill address his recent work in dOCUMENTA (13). A reception will follow.

Show and Tell Art Critique

Modern Fuel Artist-Run Centre will hold an event for artists in the Kingston area, titled, Show and Tell, with Geoffrey Farmer, Queen’s Koerner Artist in Residence, on the evening of Thursday, October 25 at 7:00 pm. Modern Fuel Artist-Run Centre is located at 21A Queen Street. 

For more information, please contact Ted Rettig at ted.rettig@queensu.ca.

The 2011-2012 Koerner Artist in Residence is David Urban

Click the play button below to view the image gallery for the 2011-2012 Koerner Artist in Residence, featuring David Urban.

History: Koerner Artist in Residency Program, 2003-2009

Click the play button below to view Koerner Artist In Residency Program, 2003-2009.

Audio Transcript of Koerner Artist in Residence Program, 2003-2009 Video (PDF 32kb)

"I had a chance to meet up with David Urban during my final semester in painting here at Queen's. I hadn't signed up before with other visiting artists, but I wish I had now! He was so informative and had so much information for me and for my work. It was nice to have an outside pair of eyes to look at my work and critique it honestly from the point of view of a professional artist and make suggestions for what to do for pushing it farther. We talked not only about my art, but what he did during school and soon after he graduated, which helped to alleviate some of the stress of graduation.  I wish I had gotten over my intimidation regarding the visting artist sooner as it was a great learning experience!"

Lianne Suggitt, BFAH 2012