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Award-winning Agnes

  • For the Agnes' Winter Season Launch in 2016, Brendan Fernandes mesmerized audiences with "In Touch", a solo dance performed in the galleries by Lua Shayenne. (Photo by Tim Forbes)
    For the Agnes' Winter Season Launch in 2016, Brendan Fernandes mesmerized audiences with "In Touch", a solo dance performed in the galleries by Lua Shayenne. (Photo by Tim Forbes)
  • Visitors enhance their experience of the exhibition "The Artist Herself" at the Agnes Etherington Art Centre through the online component created by Studio Blackwell. (Supplied Photo)
    Visitors enhance their experience of the exhibition "The Artist Herself" at the Agnes Etherington Art Centre through the online component created by Studio Blackwell. (Supplied Photo)
  • Jennifer Nicoll, Collections Manager and Exhibition Coordinator at the Agnes, won the Colleague of the Year Award from the Ontario Association of Art Galleries.
    Jennifer Nicoll, Collections Manager and Exhibition Coordinator at the Agnes, won the Colleague of the Year Award from the Ontario Association of Art Galleries.

The Agnes Etherington Art Centre is the winner of three major awards from the Ontario Association of Art Galleries (OAAG): Innovation in a Collections-Based Exhibition Award; Digital Project Award; and Colleague of the Year Award.

The Innovation in a Collections-Based Exhibition Award was given to Brendan Fernandes: Lost Bodies, a contemporary art project that sprang from the Justin and Elisabeth Lang Collection of African Art. The Digital Project Award for design was awarded to Studio Blackwell for the interactive and online component of The Artist Herself: Self-Portraits by Canadian Historical Women Artists. Jennifer Nicoll, Collections Manager and Exhibition Coordinator, was named Colleague of the Year.

The winners of the 39th annual OAAG Awards were announced on Thursday, Nov. 17 at the Gladstone Hotel in Toronto. The OAAG Awards are annual, province-wide awards for artistic merit and excellence. They recognize excellence in exhibitions, publications, programs and community partnerships produced by Ontario’s public art galleries over the previous year.

“Such peer recognition of the quality of our work is a fantastic achievement,” says Agnes Director Jan Allen. “I'm completely delighted. These awards point to the success of the whole Agnes team; their ongoing enthusiasm, generous efforts and commitment to excellence are making an impact.”

INNOVATION IN A COLLECTIONS-BASED EXHIBITION AWARD

The Agnes was recognized for the exhibition Brendan Fernandes: Lost Bodies, curated by Contemporary Art Curator Sunny Kerr, developed in partnership with the Textile Museum of Canada, and presented at the Agnes Jan. 9- April 10. This exhibition is now on view at the Textile Museum of Canada in Toronto. Collection-based exhibitions are platforms for vital conversations. Lost Bodies brought artist Brendan Fernandes’s visual and choreographic work into dialogue with two of the country’s best collections of African art: The Justin and Elisabeth Lang Collection of African Art at the Agnes and the collection of the Textile Museum of Canada (TMC). From these collections, Fernandes selected objects with origins in former French West Africa and reconsidered them in a set of new video, print and spatial intercessions. He explored their postcolonial dynamics through ballet—a form of courtly deference that itself became professionalized in colonial France. Drawing upon his background as a former dancer, Fernandes attempted to invoke the lived experiences lost to African objects by mixing the legacies of this pivotal colonial moment. By re-articulating museum display through classical dance, Fernandes’s intervention allowed works from the Lang and TMC collections to perform differently—sometimes positioned as looking subjects, as bodies of queer mash-up, or as the objects of long overdue deference. The exhibition galvanized large audiences and invited new forms of participation across disciplines and in the wider community, and was a site for rich dialogue about museums, audience and postcolonial ethics and aesthetics.

DIGITAL PROJECT AWARD

The Digital Project Award is a design prize awarded to Kelsey Blackwell and Jonathan Gallivan of Studio Blackwell, Toronto, for the interactive and online component of The Artist Herself: Self-Portraits by Canadian Historical Women Artists, co-curated by Alicia Boutilier and Tobi Bruce and coproduced by the Agnes Etherington Art Centre and the Art Gallery of Hamilton. Pat Sullivan, Public Programs Manager at the Agnes, and Alicia Boutilier compiled the interpretive material for the digital project. Visitors to The Artist Herself were invited to learn more about three works in the exhibition: Pauline Johnson’s Performance Costume, Lady Marie-Reine-Josephte Belleau’s Sentiment Album, and Marion Wilson’s and Margaret Frank’s Button Blankets. This interactive component remains available on the Agnes website today. Studio Blackwell created a gorgeous, fluid online space that sensitively expanded on the exhibition content, bringing life to the extraordinary material culture of this exhibition.

COLLEAGUE OF THE YEAR AWARD

Through almost 10 years at the Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Jennifer Nicoll has excelled in her dual role as Collections Manager and Exhibition Coordinator. While significantly advancing the storage rationalization and digitization of the Agnes collection of 16,000+ works, she has smoothly coordinated numerous loans, acquisitions and exhibitions. In addition, she has conscientiously and generously mentored future young professionals in the field of museum exhibitions and collections management. Under her guidance, students, interns and volunteers have gained hands-on experience in digitizing, inventorying, cataloguing, condition examining and re-housing collection and exhibition objects. This award recognizes Nicoll as an astute and thoughtful administrative powerhouse who always takes the time to further her professional knowledge, and to nurture and share with others.

Producing an honorary degree

Emmy winner Michelle MacLaren returns to Queen’s to receive her Doctor of Laws.

For Hollywood director and producer Michelle MacLaren, receiving the call saying she had been selected to receive an honorary degree from Queen’s was not unlike her first Emmy nomination. The film graduate received her Doctor of Laws degree during the Nov. 17 convocation ceremony.

“I am so incredibly touched, honoured and humbled,” says Dr. MacLaren when asked about receiving an honorary degree. “It’s not something I ever thought I would receive, it never entered my mind. I’m pleased Queen’s respects what I do.”

Michelle MacLaren speaks during convocation on Thursday, Nov. 17.

Dr. MacLaren has been working in the film industry for 30 years and is best known for directing and producing a number of award winning television shows including The X-Files, Law & Order, Breaking Bad, The Walking Dead and Game of Thrones. Both her Emmy wins came for Breaking Bad in 2013 and 2014.

It’s been 30 years since the two-time Emmy winner has been on the Queen’s campus. Film and media professor Blaine Allan had the honour of escorting Dr. MacLaren around town and she found it to be an emotional experience.

“It was actually surreal, walking around campus,” she says. “We went to the original Film House where I started my education. We took some pictures, touched the wall of the building, it was emotional for me. That’s where I got my start.”

She also had an opportunity to drive by her old house where she lived with six other people and tonight she’s planning to visit the Underground with her nephew who is also studying at Queen’s. Dr. MacLaren waitressed there for three years when it was still called Alfie’s Pub. Her housemates actually attended the convocation ceremony to support her.

When asked about her inspiration, Dr. MacLaren talked about former Queen's professor Peter Morris. “He instilled in me an understanding that the film world is a reflection of what is going on in the outside world. Film reflects the world - past, present and future. To think outside the box, open my eyes and see the world in new ways. That is one of the most important lessons I learned.”

During her convocation address, Dr. MacLaren talked about her successes and failures: “It is possible to be tough, strong and kind. I’m often asked how I can do what I do and still be so nice. I just smile and I say ‘I’m Canadian.’”

To wrap up her speech, Dr. MacLaren encouraged the students to be good people and appreciate those around them.

“Lastly, one of the most important things is to be grateful, especially to those who love and support you… Dare to dream, go make history and be good people along the way.”

Award-winning performance

[Isabel Chamber Award]
Tricia Baldwin, Director of the Isabel Centre for the Performing Arts, right, holds the award from the Greater Kingston Chamber of Commerce, along with the event's other award winners. (Supplied Photo)

The Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts has won an award from the Greater Kingston Chamber of Commerce.

The Isabel received the Business Achievement Award in the tourism/hospitality category in recognition of the role it plays in Kingston and in attracting visitors through its programming of world-class and emerging artists and state-of-the-art venue.

“We were thrilled to receive this award from the Greater Kingston Chamber of Commerce. What an honour it was to receive it,” says Tricia Baldwin, Director of the Isabel. “The Isabel has been working on cultural tourism and national and international recognition of this magnificent, state-of-the-art performing arts centre with terrific results. Our focus is on excellence in programming, attracting top emerging and established artists to our stage. We are also investing in imaginative interdisciplinary programming which has been so stimulating for Queen's students, faculty and staff as it has been for the community at large and tourists attracted to this top tier destination.  It is this focus on excellence and innovation that has enabled us to reach beyond Kingston. The Chamber recognized both the quality of this new arts centre and the efforts to attract cultural tourists to this wonderful city.” 

Opened in September 2014, The Isabel offers a 90,000 square foot venue that includes a studio theatre, a film screening room, an Art and Media Lab and a music rehearsal hall.

Since then, the Isabel has presented a performance series of the best local, national and international artists and many community initiatives while, at the same time, supporting the development of emerging artists.

The Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts was made possible by a transformational gift from Alfred Bader (Sc’45, Arts’46, MSc’47, LLD’86) and his wife Isabel (LLD’07) as well as the financial backing of the federal and provincial governments, the City of Kingston and additional philanthropic support. The Isabel is a hub for artistic study, creation, exhibition and performance at Queen’s. It is home to the Department of Film and Media and also provides learning and working space for the university’s other creative arts disciplines.

Bringing Shakespeare's women to the stage

[Women of Shakespeare]
 In the Faculty Artist Series concert The Women of Shakespeare, Queen's faculty member Chick Reid, centre, is joined by Queen’s faculty pianist Julia Brook, left, and visiting soprano Donna Bennett. (Supplied Photo)

The Dan School of Drama and Music presents a Faculty Artist Series concert that combines both disciplines in a rather unusual concert on Sunday, Nov. 13 at Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts. 

Commemorating the 400th anniversary of the death of Shakespeare, Queen’s faculty member and Stratford veteran actor Chick Reid is joined by visiting soprano Donna Bennett, as they both present their favourite versions of some of the bard’s most beloved female characters in script and song in The Women of Shakespeare.  

Queen’s faculty member and pianist Julia Brook, adds instrumental colour from the keyboard. 

Excerpts include Romeo and Juliet, Anthony and Cleopatra, Hamlet, and others, as well as music from Handel to Cole Porter. 

Some of the characters to be performed by Chick include Juliet, Julia, Gertrude, Cleopatra, Queen Margaret, Miranda, Titania, Helena, Luciana and Katherina. The musical selections based on the same characters include songs by Applebaum, Purcell, Schubert, Bellini, Bernstein, Handel, Cole Porter, Vaughan Williams and Rodgers and Hart.

The show starts at 2:30 pm.

For ticketing information and to purchase tickets, visit the Isabel website.

Revitalizing campus spaces with Indigenous language, art

Twelve new study rooms in Stauffer Library feature Indigenous names and artwork.

  • A total of 12 study rooms at Stauffer Library have been given Indigenous names to increase the visibility of the Indigenous community. From left: Leanne Wight, representing Kingston and the Islands MPP Sophie Kiwala; Dr. Marlene Brant Castellano, Aboriginal Council co-chair; Principal Daniel Woolf; Janice Hill, Director, Four Directions Aboriginal Student Centre; and Martha Whitehead, Vice-Provost and University Librarian. (Photo by Bernard Clark)
    A total of 12 study rooms at Stauffer Library have been given Indigenous names to increase the visibility of the Indigenous community. From left: Leanne Wight, representing Kingston and the Islands MPP Sophie Kiwala; Dr. Marlene Brant Castellano, Aboriginal Council co-chair; Principal Daniel Woolf; Janice Hill, Director, Four Directions Aboriginal Student Centre; and Martha Whitehead, Vice-Provost and University Librarian. (Photo by Bernard Clark)
  • A total of 12 study rooms at Stauffer Library have been given Indigenous names to increase the visibility of the Indigenous community. (Photo by Bernard Clark)
    A total of 12 study rooms at Stauffer Library have been given Indigenous names to increase the visibility of the Indigenous community. (Photo by Bernard Clark)
  • Mary Ann Spencer, Elder in Residence, and Vanessa McCourt, Aboriginal Advisor, sing during the opening of 12 study rooms at Stauffer Library that have been given Indigenous names. (Photo by Bernard Clark)
    Mary Ann Spencer, Elder in Residence, and Vanessa McCourt, Aboriginal Advisor, sing during the opening of 12 study rooms at Stauffer Library that have been given Indigenous names. (Photo by Bernard Clark)
  • Martha Whitehead, Vice-Provost and University Librarian, speaks about the process of the naming of 12 rooms at Stauffer Library on Friday, Oct. 28. (Photo by Bernard Clark)
    Martha Whitehead, Vice-Provost and University Librarian, speaks about the process of the naming of 12 rooms at Stauffer Library on Friday, Oct. 28. (Photo by Bernard Clark)

Twelve new study rooms at Stauffer Library are being given Indigenous names to increase the visibility of the Indigenous community. The rooms will also help to answer a need for more study space on campus.

“One of our primary mandates since I started here has been to increase the visibility of Indigenous presence on campus in order to contribute to the understanding that Queen’s is a welcoming space for Indigenous students, staff and faculty,” says Janice Hill, Director of Four Directions Aboriginal Student Centre. “This will contribute a great deal to that goal and is completely in line with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s recommendation for universities to contribute to the reclamation and revitalization of Indigenous languages in Canada.”

The rooms will be named as follows:

After the Seven Grandfather Teachings in Anishinaabe (a group of Indigenous people representing many nations in Ontario sharing a similar language):

  • Wisdom - Nibwaakaawin
  • Love – Zaagi’idiwin
  • Respect - Minaadendamowin
  • Bravery – Aakode’wein
  • Honesty - Gwayakwaadiziwin
  • Humility - Dabaadendiziwin
  • Truth – Debwewin

In Mohawk, Cree, Michif (Métis), Mik’maq and Inuktitut:

  • Learning - Keweyentehtahs
  • Teaching - Kishnamakayin
  • Knowledge - Kiskellitamowin
  • Persistence – Munsa’t
  • Community Place - Katimmavik

To add a unique element to the third- and fourth-floor rooms, the library and Four Directions have formed a partnership with Correctional Services Canada to commission Indigenous artists from Joyceville Institution to create paintings to be displayed in the rooms. The artists have incorporated the meaning of the new room names into their artworks. “One of our strategic priorities in the library is to realize the potential of library spaces and provide memorable places for social and intellectual encounters and discovery,” says Martha Whitehead (Vice-Provost and University Librarian). “We are very pleased at this opportunity to partner with Four Directions to celebrate cultural diversity and provide inclusive learning spaces.”

The study spaces are now open and available for booking.

In the right place at the right time

[Colleen Renihan]
Colleen Renihan arrived at the Dan School of Drama and Music in July as the Queen’s National Scholar in Music Theatre & Opera. She also maintains an active performance schedule as a mezzo-soprano in opera, oratorio, and new music. (Supplied Photo)

As a Queen’s National Scholar in Music Theatre & Opera, Colleen Renihan can barely contain her excitement – she truly feels that at Queen’s she is in the right place at the right time.

With the recent merger and naming of the Dan School of Drama and Music, as well as the opening of the Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts in 2014, Dr. Renihan says that when she first read the posting about the QNS position she knew that she had found her academic calling.

“There were so many things in the QNS posting that spoke to me and to the priorities of my work,” she says, adding that her interdisciplinary research considers contemporary opera in the U.S. and Canada through the lenses of temporality, the philosophy of history, and performance studies. “I read about the position and about the newly formed Dan School, and I thought ‘Wow, that’s where I want to be, that’s the kind of culture I want to be a part of developing.’”

Having arrived at Queen’s in July, Dr. Renihan has already noticed an excitement around the Dan School, emanating not only from the students but from the school’s leadership and her faculty colleagues as well. It has helped her transition to a new setting as both an academic and a performer.

Before her arrival she says she did a lot of research on the Dan School of Drama and Music, and the university. She repeatedly found references to an “energy” at the university, and what she has discovered is that at the Dan School the energy, the vibrancy, is a reality.

“There’s an open-mindedness, there’s a remarkable amount of creative, out-of-the-box thinking and it’s not just something that the school pays lip service to. Students and faculty are constantly innovating: the future of the performing arts is very bright at Queen’s,” she says.

Dr. Renihan has previously taught at the University of Toronto, Western University, Mount Allison University and the University of Guelph. In 2012 and 2014 she was recognized by the Mount Allison University Music Student’s Association Council as “Professor of the Year,” and was a recipient of a Teaching Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching from Western University in 2012.

Dr. Renihan earned a bachelor degree in vocal performance from the University of Manitoba, an artist diploma in opera performance from the Vancouver Academy of Music, and an MA and PhD in Musicology from the University of Toronto in 2011 with funding support from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC). Her dissertation was a finalist for the Society for American Music’s Housewright Dissertation Award.

As a Queen’s National Scholar she is hoping to set down roots, and, once again, is excited by the opportunities that are presented here at Queen’s and in the broader Kingston community. She points to what she calls “a real buzz about music theatre” at Queen’s and in the community, and looks forward to contributing to its continued vibrancy and growth.

She also maintains an active performance schedule as a mezzo-soprano in opera, oratorio, and new music. To learn more about Dr. Renihan’s research and career, visit her page on the Dan School of Drama and Music website (sdm.queensu.ca).

The QNS program was first established in 1985, with the objective to “enrich teaching and research in newly developing fields of knowledge as well as traditional disciplines.” Since then, over 100 QNS appointments have been made in a wide variety of disciplines, and the appellation of Queen’s National Scholar has become synonymous with academic excellence.

The program provides $100,000 annually for five years for each appointment, and funding for the program allows for a maximum of two QNS appointments in each annual competition.

For more information on the QNS program, visit the QNS page on the Provost’s website.

Beyond the printed word

Annual lecture series welcomes award-winning author John Steffler for talk about writing, wilderness, and “the page.”

An annual English Department lecture series celebrating the act of writing and the writing life will bring award-winning poet and novelist John Steffler to campus next week to talk about wilderness and “the page.”

The Page Lectures series, launched in 2012, has a dual focus: to bring leading Canadian writers to speak at Queen’s, and to honour the late Kingston writer and artist Joanne Page, who contributed immensely to the local literary and artistic communities.

This year, The Page Lectures welcomes John Steffler, who plans to talk about wilderness and "the page" at the event Oct. 25.  

“This series is a tremendous opportunity for the Queen’s community and for anyone with love and passion for the written word to learn from some of the most exciting and innovative writers the Canadian literary scene has to offer,” says Sam McKegney, Acting Head and Associate Professor, Department of English Language and Literature. “For our students to be able to engage with an eminent writer such as former poet laureate of Canada, John Steffler – what a luxury!

“The Department of English is honoured to be hosting this event, alongside The Page Lectures Fund, to celebrate the memory of Joanne Page, who was such an incredible ambassador of the written word.”

Started by former Queen’s writer in residence and celebrated poet Phil Hall, the series has already attracted a diverse group of writers to give lectures – including Erín Moure, Stan Dragland, and Elizabeth Hay. This year’s speaker, John Steffler, was Parliamentary Poet Laureate of Canada from 2006 to 2008, and has published several books of poetry, including The Grey Islands, That Night We Were Ravenous, and Lookout, as well as two novels and a children’s book.

“John Steffler holds dual citizenship in Newfoundland and Ontario. His poetic journal of living on The Grey Islands is a classic,” says Mr. Hall. “John knows about language & he knows about the barren out-reaches of this country. We are so honoured to have him talk with us about both.”

After Ms. Page’s death in 2015, the Department of English pledged $25,000 from its Alumni Fund to act as seed-money for a new fund that would endow The Page Lectures in perpetuity. The fund recognizes both Ms. Page’s contribution to Canadian writing and the importance of the newly inaugurated lecture series to creative writing within the department and the wider community. Stephen Page, Joanne’s husband, matched this gift, and with further support from other family members and friends, the Joanne Page Lecture Fund was established in September 2015.

This year’s talk by Mr. Steffler will take place Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2:30-4 pm, Watson Hall, Rm. 517, Queen’s University. This is a free event and all are welcome. More information available on Facebook.

An artistic vision

[Nadia Myre]
Nadia Myre, Oraison/Orison, (installation view, Oboro, Montreal, 2014) (Photo by Paul Litherland)

The Koerner Artist in Residence program aims to provide Queen’s Fine Arts students a mentorship opportunity with a professional artist, while at the same time giving the artist a venue to share their expertise.

Interaction, discussion, collaboration. A chance to learn.

Nadia Myre is the  Koerner Artist in Residence for 2016-17. (Supplied photo)

This year’s Koerner Artist in Residence is Nadia Myre 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

“The Koerner Artist-In-Residence Program is a jewel in the crown of the Bachelor of Fine Arts program and a real highlight for students. We are very excited to have First Nations artist Nadia Myre as the 2016-17 artist resident,” says Kathleen Sellars (Fine Art), adding that this month alone Myre has work on exhibit in Quebec, Edmonton and Seattle and later will be leading a professional artist residency at the Banff Centre. “What an exceptional opportunity for the BFA undergraduate students to hear Nadia speak about the trajectory of her art practice and to observe her at work in her studio, right alongside theirs in Ontario Hall.”

During her residency at Queen’s, the Queen’s community and general public will have two opportunities to see Myre’s work.

First, Myre will provide an illustrated public lecture on her sculptural work on Tuesday, Oct.18 from noon to 1 pm in Stirling Hall A. Then, on Wednesday Oct. 26 at 7 pm, she will be at the Agnes Etherington Art Centre for a public talk on her media work. A reception will follow.

Myre’s installations often employ collaborative processes as a strategy for engaging in conversations about identity, resilience and politics of belonging, Myre says of her work.

A graduate from Camosun College (1995), Emily Carr (1997), and Concordia University (MFA, 2002), Myre has received numerous awards, including the 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).

She has exhibited around the world and her works may be found on permanent exhibition at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, National Gallery of Canada, Musée National des Beaux-Arts du Québec, Canadian Museum of History, and the Musée des civilizations (Quebec). 

For more information visit the Bachelor of Fine Arts website or contact Kathleen Sellars.

The Koerner Artist in Residence Program is made possible by the generous support of the Koerner Foundation.

New art piece unveiled in Beamish-Munro Hall

  • Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science Kim Woodhouse welcomes former principal Bill Leggett and his wife Claire, at Beamish-Munro Hall.
    Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science Kim Woodhouse welcomes former principal Bill Leggett and his wife Claire, at Beamish-Munro Hall.
  • Former principal Bill Leggett speaks during the unveiling ceremony on Thursday, Oct. 13 of the art piece 'synapse,' that is dedicated to the 17th principal of Queen's.
    Former principal Bill Leggett speaks during the unveiling ceremony on Thursday, Oct. 13 of the art piece 'synapse,' that is dedicated to the 17th principal of Queen's.
  • Former principal Bill Leggett speaks during the unveiling ceremony on Thursday, Oct. 13 of the art piece 'synapse,' that is dedicated to the 17th principal of Queen's.
    Former principal Bill Leggett speaks during the unveiling ceremony on Thursday, Oct. 13 of the art piece 'synapse,' that is dedicated to the 17th principal of Queen's.
  • Adorning the front foyer of Beamish-Munro Hall, 'synapse' was created by artist Kwest, with the collaboration of a number of students from the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science.
    Adorning the front foyer of Beamish-Munro Hall, 'synapse' was created by artist Kwest, with the collaboration of a number of students from the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science.

Homecoming this year marks the inauguration of a new artwork piece featured the front foyer of Beamish-Munro Hall.

The 38-foot-tall sculpture of steel, wood, acrylic and paint is meant to add dramatic impact to the entryway and to symbolise the intersection of art and engineering. Toronto artist Kwest completed and installed the work the first week of September.

“It’s creating something that could last at Queen’s for generations,” Kwest says. “I see it as an awesome opportunity. The space is amazing. This city is amazing. It’s been a really cool process.”

The process of creating the piece spanned six months. Earlier this spring Kwest and a group of Queen’s engineering students gathered for two days to workshop ideas. Together they visited the Agnes Etherington Art Centre and the Queen’s University Archives to gather inspiration. They talked a lot about engineering at Queen’s, the creative aspects of engineering design and the legacy the new piece represents.

“In most public art calls, you submit your ideas and all the work falls to you,” Kwest says. “In this case, the collaboration with students was unique. It’s one thing that really appealed to me about this installation: being able to create a piece with the students who actually go here and know what this place is about. It’s about getting a better understanding about what’s actually happening here.”

Queen’s engineering student Max Lindley-Peart is one of those who worked with Kwest in the spring.

“It was really interesting doing a bit of background research behind the piece, trying to understand what we wanted to represent,” he says. “What does it mean to be part of Queen’s engineering? What is the history of Queen’s? How is that going to play into the piece? I really enjoyed that process.”

The piece, eventually named ‘synapse,’ was dedicated, Thursday, Oct. 13 by Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science Dean Kim Woodhouse in honour of Queen’s 17th principal and vice-chancellor William C. Leggett.

“My personal favourite time to see the art is at night,” says Lindley-Peart. “I love biking by on my way home after class. It’s so wonderful with the lights. It’s a really nice introduction to the space and I can’t wait to see the plaque that explains what’s going on in it.”

The art of teaching and learning

[Creative Expressions]
Iridescent Story Pieces, an installation and performance piece created by a 2001 BFA graduate, Aleks Bartosik, will be on display in Grant Hall on Friday, Oct 14, 1-6 pm, and Saturday, Oct. 15, 8:30 am-noon, as part of the Centre for Teaching and Learning’s month-long exhibition Creative Expressions. (Supplied Photo)

A new multiple-location exhibit offered by the Centre for Teaching and Learning (CTL) celebrates the role of creativity in teaching and learning at Queen’s University.

In Creative Expressions, being held Oct. 3-28, numerous artifacts such as course assignments, teaching aids and photos are viewed through a creative lens and will be displayed in spaces across campus.

The exhibit, which commemorates Queen’s 175th anniversary and the CTL’s 25th anniversary, showcases three types of creative expressions:

  • Existing Expressions – artifacts consist of student work and a variety of teaching and learning artifacts from Queen’s alumni, faculty and staff.
  • Sponsored Expressions – artifacts have been funded or partly-funded by the Centre for Teaching and Learning to create new expressions of teaching and learning.
  • Collaborative Expressions – A work of art to be facilitated by artist and 2001 BFA graduate Aleks Bartosik during Homecoming (Oct. 14-16)  that will take shape in response to the question: “What are the characteristics of your favorite teaching/learning experience at Queen’s?”

Along with Bartosik’s contribution, other interactive components will be added for Homecoming, including We Built this City at Ontario Hall and Not Just a Violin at the Isabel Bader Centre for Performing Arts.

Exhibition booklets and passport/maps will be available for the month of October in F200 Mackintosh Corry. Tour passports can be stamped at the various exhibit locations and then returned for a chance to win one of 10 prizes, each consisting of a pair of tickets that can redeemed at a future performance at the Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts.  Details about the draw may be found on the passport/maps.

For more information about Creative Expressions, including schedules, artifacts and where they are being displayed, visit the Creative Expressions page on the CTL website.

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