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Concert honours Marjan Mozetich’s career

Special event at the Isabel will feature works by the retiring faculty member who is one of the most performed composers in Canadian classical music.

After 27 years as a continuing adjunct lecturer in theory and composition at Queen’s, Marjan Mozetich is retiring.

Marjan Mozetich
A special concert at the Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts, the second in the Faculty Concert Series, will recognize the work of Marjan Mozetich. (University Communications)

Long a valued resource and respected educator at the Dan School of Drama and Music, Mozetich is also one of the most performed composers in Canadian classical music and a Juno Award winner.

In recognition of all he has given his colleagues and students, a special concert of his music is being held at the Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts on Sunday, Jan. 21.  The event is the second in the 2017-18 Faculty Artist Series.

While his music has been performed countless times by musicians around the world, the significance of the upcoming concert isn’t lost on Mozetich.

“It’s quite an honour to have a whole concert dedicated to my music,” he says. “Normally you don’t get that kind of thing. The school didn’t have to do a whole event just on my work. It’s a tremendous honour.”

Faculty performers presenting some of his most expressive chamber music and songs include: violinists Gisèle Dalbec-Szczesniak and Karma Tomm; cellist Wolf Tormann; mezzo-soprano Colleen Renihan; and pianists Julia Brook, Adrienne Shannon and Cynthia Tormann. A string orchestra, conducted by Gordon Craig, will perform Mazetich’s Postcards from the Sky, and his Bassoon Concerto, featuring Katie Legere as soloist.

For his colleagues the event will be bittersweet – an opportunity to perform some of his most recognized pieces but with the knowledge that he will soon be moving on.

“The great thing about being a composer is that your music can go on to be performed long after you hang-up the teaching gloves. Thankfully Marjan has a large body of music that he continues to add to so I am sure his pieces will be programmed on many future concerts,” says John Burge, Professor of Theory and Composition at the Dan School. “What will be missed though, is the gentle guidance and nurturing that he has provided to our senior composition students each year. Earlier this fall I was copied on an email from one of his former students who had just received her Doctorate in Composition from the University of British Columbia and she stressed how much his teaching has inspired her through all her subsequent studies. We have been lucky to have him on faculty.”

While he is retiring from the university Mozetich will continue to compose. He currently has commissions for the National Arts Centre Orchestra and the Kingston Symphony Orchestra.

The concert starts at 2:30 pm.

This concert is now SOLD OUT. Please note that the next Faculty Artist Series concert is the Isabel String Quartet on Sunday, Feb. 25, at 2:30 pm.

Funding boost an ‘affirmation’ for the Agnes

The Agnes Etherington Art Centre sees support from the Canada Council for the Arts nearly double for contemporary art programming.

Sunny Kerr leads a tour of the Shame and Prejudice Exhibition
Curator of Contemporary Art Sunny Kerr, left, leads tour guides through the Shame and Prejudice exhibition currently on display at the Agnes Etherington Art Centre.

The Agnes Etherington Art Centre will see its funding for contemporary art programming nearly double for the next three years.

The funding from the Canada Council for the Arts is increasing to $200,000 a year from the previous $105,000.

As a result, explains Agnes Director Jan Allen, the gallery will be able to extend its capacity to bring “creative modes of presentation and interpretation to the work of artists, and to develop inventive forms of participation.”

For the current three-year funding cycle, the Canada Council for the Arts introduced a new application model, one that was more competitive and that challenged galleries to engage with artists and audiences. The requests were to be “aspirational,” Ms. Allen says, and provided a rare opportunity for galleries to be bold with their exhibition planning.

Gallery staff prepared their funding application, outlining their vision for the next three years. The result was “affirming,” Ms. Allen says.

“This is not a small jump in support. It is a really significant boost,” she says. “This funding is recognition of our leading role nationally, and is an affirmation of the direction of our contemporary art programs.  (The Canada Council for the Arts) has embraced the vision that we put forward for the next three years for our engagement, both with contemporary artists and audiences, the various communities, and the partners, with whom we work.”

The increase, Ms. Allen adds, also recognizes the work being done by the staff at the Agnes, especially Curator of Contemporary Art Sunny Kerr.

The funding will strengthen the Agnes’s role as an accessible meeting place for learning and art experience on multiple levels, Mr. Kerr explains.

“In particular the increased funding enables us to be more responsive to our publics through programming that animates exchange between artists and our local communities,” he says. “I am especially excited about the renewed potential for artists to work with us on the ground – and with Queen’s and Kingston partners – for longer durations, ensuring artistic engagement with students, faculty and Kingston community members and partner organizations. Contemporary art offers a bridge across different disciplines, working as an interpreter and mediator of current urgencies.”

Helping the Agnes in its funding request is that the gallery has demonstrated it can work in a challenging fashion with positive results. Over the past five years, Ms. Allen points out, annual attendance at the Agnes has doubled. At the same time, the number of Queen’s academic courses hosted by the gallery, utilizing collections and exhibitions at the gallery, has increased greatly.

The increased support will foster further growth for active participation and reinforce the gallery’s work with diverse cultures. It also highlights the Agnes’s strength in contemporary art, matching the quality of its historical collections, including European, Canadian and African art.

“What this increase in funding really reinforces, I think, is that we are recognized for our contemporary art programming,” Ms. Allen says. “In total, the overall vision of the gallery is to make these program areas work together in a way that is really dynamic and it’s something that, for a gallery of our scale, we do extremely well. We have this unique resource of high-quality collections in these different areas, supported by specialist expertise. So they are not just passive collections but they are very actively used, interpreted, researched and used for teaching.”

Visit the Agnes Etherington Art Centre website to learn more about its collections, programs and upcoming events.

New season at Agnes to feature Shame and Prejudice exhibition

Among the many interesting art exhibitions at the Agnes Etherington Art Centre this season is a provocative exhibition from Indigenous artist Kent Monkman.

A new exhibition of Indigenous paintings and artifacts at the Agnes Etherington Art Centre is sure to draw interest and help visitors reflect on Canada’s history this winter.

Created in response to the country’s sesquicentennial celebrations, Shame and Prejudice: A Story of Resilience by Indigenous artist Kent Monkman casts a critical eye on the history of interactions between Indigenous peoples and Canadian settlers over the years. Monkman is a renowned Canadian artist and curator of Cree ancestry.

"We're tremendously proud to present this profound exhibition at the Agnes,” says Jan Allen, Director of the Agnes Etherington Art Centre. “Kent Monkman has created a critical tour-de-force that powerfully blends a devastating history with rapier-like wit. This is the not-to-miss exhibition of the season."

Paintings capture scenes such as children being taken from their families to be sent to residential schools, and the rights of Indigenous leaders being signed away before their eyes. Mr. Monkman’s paintings employ parody, using familiar scenes or famous paintings and a traditional 19th century European painting style combined with a twist that is designed to shock and surprise viewers.

The exhibit also includes artifacts such as the moccasins of Chief Pîhtokahanapiwiyin (Poundmaker), and traditional cradle boards which were used primarily by Indigenous women as a baby carrier.

This circulating exhibition was produced by the Art Museum at the University of Toronto in partnership with the Confederation Centre Art Gallery, Charlottetown, and has been made possible in part by the Government of Canada and the Ontario Arts Council. The lead sponsor of the exhibit was the Donald R. Sobey Family Foundation. The exhibit’s appearance at the Agnes was made possible by The George Taylor Richardson Memorial Fund, Queen’s University.

  • Kent Monkman, The Scream, 2017, acrylic on canvas. Collection of the Denver Art Museum, Native Arts acquisition fund. (Supplied Photo)
    Kent Monkman, The Scream, 2017, acrylic on canvas. Collection of the Denver Art Museum, Native Arts acquisition fund. (Supplied Photo)
  • Kent Monkman, The Daddies, 2016, acrylic on canvas. Private Collection. (Supplied Photo)
    Kent Monkman, The Daddies, 2016, acrylic on canvas. Private Collection. (Supplied Photo)
  • Poundmaker’s Moccasins, 1875-1890, glass beads, painted rawhide from parfleche container, smoked brain-tanned buffalo hide. Collected by Walter Gouin from Chief Poundmaker, c.1875-1880. Canadian Museum of History. (Supplied Photo)
    Poundmaker’s Moccasins, 1875-1890, glass beads, painted rawhide from parfleche container, smoked brain-tanned buffalo hide. Collected by Walter Gouin from Chief Poundmaker, c.1875-1880. Canadian Museum of History. (Supplied Photo)

Shame and Prejudice will be at the Agnes until early April. Due to space limitations, the entire exhibition will not be on display. See a preview of the exhibit and learn more about related events on the Agnes Etherington Art Centre’s website.

The Winter 2018 Season Launch at the Agnes Etherington Art Centre will be held Thursday, Jan. 18 at 6 pm. For more information, visit the Queen's Events Calendar.

Faculty members recognized with Mayor's Arts Awards

Three Queen’s faculty members were among those recognized in the inaugural Mayor’s Arts Awards.

Professors Armand Garnet Ruffo (English; Languages, Literatures and Cultures) and Matt Rogalsky (Dan School of Drama and Music) received Creator Awards while the Limestone Arts Legacy Award recognized David Kemp, the former head of the Department of Drama at Queen’s, who passed away in April.

The Mayor’s Arts Awards, administered by the City of Kingston in collaboration with the Kingston Arts Council (KAC), celebrate artistic achievement and recognize extraordinary contributions in and to the arts, while at the same time enhancing the cultural vitality and civic identity of Kingston.

Creator Awards
The Creator Award recognizes living artists, artistic collectives, or arts organizations. The award honours artistic merit and/or innovation that advances the arts in the city, contributes to the development of the art form and expresses the cultural vitality of Kingston.

Armand Garnet RuffoArmand Garnet Ruffo
An Anishinaabe scholar, filmmaker, writer and poet, Mr. Ruffo is the Queen’s National Scholar in Indigenous Literature and teaches creative writing and Indigenous literature. He has received numerous awards for his writing and filmmaking. He has published five books, including the biography Norval Morrisseau: Man Changing into Thunderbird, on the innovative and controversial Ojibway painter, and a poetry collection, The Thunderbird Poems, inspired by Morrisseau’s work. Mr. Ruffo has also written three plays and has written, directed and produced a short film and a feature film.

“The recognition that Armand’s work has received and his ongoing support of other artists and the literary community, inspire other creators, particularly Indigenous artists,” reads the city’s release announcing the award winners.

Matt RogalskyMatt Rogalsky
Matt Rogalsky is an assistant professor in theory and composition at the Dan School of Drama and Music with areas of research including histories, reconstructions and new performances of late 20th century electronic and experimental music.

Mr. Rogalsky has composed, created and performed locally and across North America and Europe. A founding member of the band The Gertrudes, he is also involved with the Tone Deaf Festival of Experimental Sound and numerous smaller performance series such as Musical Chairs and is a key member of the board of Kingston’s Skeleton Park Arts Festival.

“Talented and widely respected, Matt provides his technical and artistic expertise and encouragement to an enormous range of art activities in Kingston, spanning visual and performance art, storytelling, classical to experimental music, film and theatre,” reads the city’s release.

Limestone Arts Legacy Award
The Limestone Arts Legacy Award recognizes individuals from the past whose sustained and substantial contributions have built the artistic vitality of the city, nurturing and enabling forms of creation, participation, presentation and enjoyment, whose leadership has inspired others, and whose influence has been felt in the region and beyond.

David KempDavid Kemp
David Kemp was a professor and the former head of the Department of Drama at Queen’s, and was cross-appointed to the Faculty of Education, where he served as associate dean. Mr. Kemp was an accomplished playwright, theatre artist and educator who advocated for theatre education for all ages. He was very active within the local arts community, serving as artistic director of the Frontenac Children’s Teachers Theatre Company, which performed children’s theatre at local schools, and co-founded the Artists in Community Education program (ACE).

“In co-founding the Artists in Community Education program (ACE), which provides practicing artists with the teaching tools they needed to pursue classroom, community outreach and arts leadership careers, he has inspired successive generations of youth while integrating artistic practices in all disciplines with community life, making Kingston a leading centre for arts education,” the city says in its release.

Visit the City of Kingston website for video profiles and more information about the 2017 Mayor’s Arts Awards.

The Isabel celebrated for design excellence

  • The Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts gleams in the morning light. (Photo: Doublespace photography)
    The Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts gleams in the morning light. (Photo: Doublespace photography)
  • The Isabel overlooks Lake Ontario. (Photo: Doublespace photography)
    The Isabel overlooks Lake Ontario. (Photo: Doublespace photography)
  • The Isabel's bright interior welcomes guests to a performance. (Photo: Corey Forster, ArtSci’17 and MSc’19)
    The Isabel's bright interior welcomes guests to a performance. (Photo: Corey Forster, ArtSci’17 and MSc’19)
  • The 566-seat performance hall offers world-renowned acoustics. (Photo: Doublespace photography)
    The 566-seat performance hall offers world-renowned acoustics. (Photo: Doublespace photography)
  • Large windows and open space give the Isabel an impressive feeling of grandeur. (Photo: Physical Plant Services)
    Large windows and open space give the Isabel an impressive feeling of grandeur. (Photo: Physical Plant Services)

The 2017 Livable City Design Awards celebrated buildings across Kingston, including the Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts, which won an Award of Excellence for its building project design.

“Queen’s is honoured to receive this award from the City of Kingston. Given the strong field of great projects that were nominated, the recognition is particularly exciting,” said John Witjes, Associate Vice-Principal (Facilities). “In addition to being one of the premier buildings on campus for our staff and students, The Isabel has become a wonderful local venue for world-class performing arts. Our facilities team is very proud of the role we played in helping to create it.”

The Isabel was judged by a jury of professionals, based on criteria including significance to the city and community, innovation, context, execution, sustainable design, and accessibility.

To learn more about The Isabel, and about their upcoming programming, visit The Isabel’s website.

New lecture series to celebrate John Meisel

The John Meisel Scholar Series in Contemporary Political Controversies to hold its inaugural event on Thursday, Nov. 23.

  • The John Meisel Scholar Series in Contemporary Political Controversies was announced during his 94th birthday party at the University Club. Helping unveil the poster were, from left: Keith Banting (Political Studies, Smith School of Business); Barbara Crow, Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Science; Zsuzsa Csergő, Head, Department of Political Studies; and Tom Hewitt Chief Development Officer, Advancement.
    The John Meisel Scholar Series in Contemporary Political Controversies was announced during his 94th birthday party at the University Club. Helping unveil the poster were, from left: Keith Banting (Political Studies, Smith School of Business); Barbara Crow, Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Science; Zsuzsa Csergő, Head, Department of Political Studies; and Tom Hewitt Chief Development Officer, Advancement.
  • Professor Emeritus John Meisel reacts to the announcement of The John Meisel Scholar Series in Contemporary Political Controversies. The inaugural visiting scholar, Debra Thompson from the University of Oregon, will host a lecture Thursday, Nov. 23 from 4 to 5:30 pm in the Agnes Etherington Art Centre.
    Professor Emeritus John Meisel reacts to the announcement of The John Meisel Scholar Series in Contemporary Political Controversies. The inaugural visiting scholar, Debra Thompson from the University of Oregon, will host a lecture Thursday, Nov. 23 from 4 to 5:30 pm in the Agnes Etherington Art Centre.
  • The Queen's community celebrated the 94th birthday of Professor Emeritus John Meisel with a special event Oct. 20 at the University Club.
    The Queen's community celebrated the 94th birthday of Professor Emeritus John Meisel with a special event Oct. 20 at the University Club.

A lot has changed across this country since John Meisel first took up residence here at Queen’s in 1949 as a lecturer in Political Studies. But one thing that remains a constant is the existence of political controversy and the need for scholars, policy makers, and the public to explore and address it.

This is where a new annual lecture series at Queen’s will come in. The John Meisel Scholar Series in Contemporary Political Controversies is set for Thursday, Nov. 23 from 4 to 5:30 pm in the Agnes Etherington Art Centre. The inaugural visiting scholar will be Debra Thompson from the University of Oregon and the title of her lecture is “Trump, Race, and Time”.

“This scholar series is an ideal way for the university to celebrate John’s incredible career and the contributions he has made to Queen’s and Canada in his roles as a professor, public servant, and public intellectual,” says Zsuzsa Csergő, Political Studies Department Head. “He was an important voice in many of this country’s most important debates over many decades, including discussions over the future of Canadian culture and arts, and battles over the constitution, to name a few.”

Professor Meisel was also a pioneer in research into political behavior and he wrote widely on Canadian elections, political parties, Quebec politics, science policy, and cultural policy. He was the founding editor of two prestigious academic journals, the Canadian Journal of Political Science and the International Political Science Review. From 1980 to 1983 he was Chair of the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission and later served as president of the Royal Society of Canada.

Recently he celebrated his 94th birthday at the Queen’s University Club where members of the Political Studies department unveiled the scholar series founded in his honour. The event will also highlight the important contributions of Queen’s Political Studies to scholarship and public engagement both nationally and internationally.

The lecture is open to the public and is being sponsored by the Faculty of Arts and Science with support from alumni.

For more information visit the Queen’s Political Studies website

Art galleries on campus to be transformed

The Agnes Etherington Art Centre and the Union Gallery will be transformed on Wednesday, Oct. 25 for a day-long series of installations, workshops and participatory performances to challenge acts of anti-blackness on Canadian university campuses and provide a space for healing and community.

(Poster for Arts Against PostRacialism)
Arts Against PostRacialism is a full-day art exhibition project at The Agnes and the Union Gallery that will dive deep into the sentiments of postracialism on university campuses.(Quentin VerCetty, Water No Get Enemy 3017, 2017, computer generated image.)

The SSHRC-funded Arts Against PostRacialism project tackles the challenges faced by black communities due to acts of anti-blackness, and offers a diverse group of artists the chance to contribute to a larger conversation about postracialist sentiment in Canada.

The project’s eight events, spanning from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., feature projects including; video and sculpture installations, the Afronautics research lab, workshops, interactive activities, keynote speech, talkback session, and panel discussion.

"We are excited that the Arts Against PostRacialism partners chose Queen’s as one of the stops on its cross-university tour,” says Stephanie Simpson, Director of the Human Rights Office at Queen’s. “The timing for this is perfect, given the recently released report and recommendations from our own Principal’s Implementation Committee on Racism, Diversity, and Inclusion (PICRDI).  The exhibitions and lecture will provide an excellent opportunity for us to continue discussion around the creation of racially just and inclusive institutional climates.”

Philip Howard, the keynote speaker of the event and assistant professor at McGill University, researches critical race pedagogies in Canadian culture. He sees the project as the perfect format to respond to expressions of anti-blackness, such as blackface.

“The installations and events involved in this project are meant to evoke a response and to assert blackness in new ways in university campuses, where they’re often excluded,” says Dr. Howard. “It’s a call upon people to make the connections that are often hidden between this practice of blackface and other structural practice of anti-blackness that surround us.”

Artists featured include Camille Turner, Nadine Valcin, Esmaa Mahomoud, Quentin VerCetty, and Anique Jordan. Many of these artists have created immersive experiences that will transform The Agnes and the Union Gallery into conversation pieces in their own right.

“As I was working on this research, it occurred to me that blackface is quite performative, and visually evocative, and a resistance response to it would be to be similarly evocative and visual,” explains Dr. Howard. “Our focus in this project has been strengthening the communities affected by blackface, and similar expressions of anti-blackness that still occur on university campuses.”

Make sure to check out the project’s eight events and installations at The Agnes and the Union Gallery on Wednesday, Oct. 25.

Agnes thriving at 60

The Agnes Etherington Art Centre is in a celebratory mood as it marks its 60th anniversary with a suite of special events starting Thursday, Oct. 12.

André Biéler and art students at the entrance of the new Agnes Etherington Art Centre, summer 1958
Art professor André Biéler and his students stand at the entrance of the new Agnes Etherington Art Centre in the summer of 1958. (Queen's University Archives) 

From bringing six decades of history to life to highlighting the gallery’s role in the community, while at the same time having a good bit of fun, the celebrations kick off with the “Shaken, Not Stirred: 60th Anniversary Gala,” a semi-formal reception that harkens back to 1957 when the Agnes opened. Organized by the Queen’s Art History Departmental Student Council, the “elegant jazz-inflected” event will bring together the Queen’s and Kingston communities for a celebration of the visual arts.

There will be a number of VIPs attending as well as a special guest or two at the event, according to Jan Allen, Director of the Agnes.

“It’s been fun for us to plan for this celebration, in part because we are proud of the Agnes’ history but also because the gallery is really thriving. It’s a great moment to look back at our history,” she says. “We’ve made a slate of events that we hope will appeal to all the different facets of our audiences, the various communities that we serve.”

The gala is followed by “Make Art Like It’s 1957” – featuring hands-on art-making activities in the André Biéler Studio – on Friday, Oct. 13, as well as guided tours throughout Homecoming Weekend on Saturday, Oct. 14 and Sunday, Oct. 15.

Also on Saturday, Oct. 14 is “A Tale of Two Houses,” a pair of talks featuring historians Joan Delaney and Bob Butcher and Alicia Boutilier, Chief Curator of the Agnes, that will take a closer look at the history of two residences that once belonged to founder Agnes Etherington and her family: Fettercairn in Chaffey’s Lock and Etherington House here on campus.

On Sunday, Oct. 15, the Agnes and the Modern Fuel Artist-Run Centre will co-host “100 Years of Art,” a retrospective series of 10 very short talks about the histories of the two art centres, which happen to share a birthday on Oct. 12. While the Agnes is marking 60 years, Modern Fuel is celebrating its 40th anniversary.

Wrapping up the celebrations is Distinguished Lecturer Eric Jan Sluijter, who will speak on “Rembrandt, Value and the Market for Paintings in the Dutch Golden Age,” on Thursday, Oct. 19 in the Ellis Hall  Auditorium. The event will shine a light on The Bader Collection as it also marks its 50th anniversary this year.

Apart from the events, the Agnes is also launching an online chronology of the art centre over its six decades. Put together by a team led by curator Boutilier, with much assistance by Queen’s Archives staff, the project has created an online illustrated history of the gallery.

“That’s a big breakthrough for us because, until now, we’ve only had a couple of paragraphs online to capture our rich history,” Ms. Allen says. “We are now able to enlarge that account with fascinating images that reflect the change that has occurred across six decades. The gallery has grown exponentially. We hope that Agnes Etherington would be happy with the gallery today, to see that her vision has taken root and flourished in the way it has.”

For further information about the celebrations, visit the Agnes Etherington Art Centre website.

Queen’s Remembers initiative launches

The Indigenous Plinth will be unveiled on McGibbon Walk on October 16. (University Communications)
The first Queen's Remembers plinth, dedicated to the Anishinaabe and the Haudenosaunee peoples upon whose traditional lands Queen’s was built, will be unveiled on McGibbon Walk on October 16. (University Communications)

Following the university's 175th Anniversary, Queen’s is reflecting upon its history in a project to commemorate those who have made a significant and noteworthy contribution to the university. A series of informative plinths will be unveiled across campus over the coming months, as part of the new “Queen’s Remembers” initiative.

“On the conclusion of a successful year of celebrating our legacy, we have a chance to reflect on those whose contributions have helped to shape that history and, in so doing, to raise awareness in our community of these groups and individuals,” says Daniel Woolf, Principal and Vice-Chancellor.

The planning for the Queen’s Remembers initiative was led by Principal Woolf in collaboration with the facilities and campus planning teams, University Relations, and those with specific ties to the topics being commemorated.

The first of the plinths will honour the Anishinaabe and the Haudenosaunee peoples, upon whose traditional lands Queen’s was built. The plinth will feature a six-page weatherproof book, in both English and French, which highlights the history and the culture of the indigenous community of Queen’s, includes some information about Indigenous initiatives at Queen’s University, and celebrates some of Queen’s most prominent Indigenous graduates. It also includes a recognition, written in English, French, Mohawk, and Ojibway, that Queen’s sits on the traditional territory of the Anishinaabe and the Haudenosaunee.

This first plinth will be unveiled and dedicated at a ceremony on Monday, Oct. 16 beginning at 2 pm. All are welcome to attend. More information can be found on the university events calendar.

Information about future plinths will be shared as they are installed.

Indigenous art to appear in Law atrium

The Faculty of Law.

The call has gone out seeking a piece of Indigenous artwork to reside in the Faculty of Law which will be used to welcome students, instructors, guests, and community members visiting the Faculty of Law.

“Queen’s University is situated on traditional Anishinaabe and Haudenosaunee Territory,” says Dean Bill Flanagan. “By honouring this traditional territory, we acknowledge the territory’s significance for the Indigenous peoples who lived, and continue to live, upon it. Having a work of art that reflects Indigenous culture and values in the entrance to our school will be one of many ways we honour this traditional territory and embrace Indigenous engagement in all that we do the Faculty of Law.”

Indigenous artists are being invited to apply to design, fabricate, and install a permanent artwork for the Gowling WLG Atrium of the Faculty of Law. The aim of this project is to create a welcoming space for Indigenous peoples in the Faculty of Law, and to help promote awareness around historical and contemporary issues relevant to Indigenous peoples and law.

The school’s atrium is a high-traffic hub visible from all floors of the building as well as the street. “The location is very exciting for us,” says Chantal Rousseau, Manager of International Programs and the project’s coordinator. “All students go through here, all faculty go through here, as well as visitors. It is a crossroads for the law school and will have a lot of meaning and resonance.”

The project is part of a greater initiative to increase the visibility of Indigenous art and culture and the recognition of Indigenous territory in spaces across the Queen’s University campus. The installation of this piece of art will represent part of the Faculty’s response to Calls to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada and the final report of Queen’s Truth and Reconciliation Task Force – specifically the recommendation to ‘increase the presence of Indigenous cultures on campus’. A 12-person committee, representing all the Faculty’s major stakeholders and including seven Indigenous members, is overseeing the project.

“I am very pleased with the Indigenous art project initiative coming out of the Dean's office,” says committee member Jason Mercredi (Law’18), a Student Senator for the law school, and a member of the Queen’s Truth and Reconciliation Task Force. “This is a small but meaningful gesture of good faith towards reconciliation. This project also confirms Indigenous belonging within the law school community, which is particularly important in the study of colonial law.”

Interested artists can view the public art call. The artwork selected will be installed for unveiling in Fall 2018.

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