McCain Family Invests in Contemporary Atlantic Art and Artists

Beaverbrook Art GalleryJune 4, 20140 Comments

McCain Family Invests in Contemporary Atlantic Art and Artists


Fredericton, NB, June 4, 2014 – The Beaverbrook Art Gallery is proud to announce an exceptional contribution of $1,120,000.00 to its Capital Campaign by McCain Family Members, the Harrison McCain Foundation and The McCain Foundation.  This generous donation will further the work of the Gallery and sponsor the re-launch and continuation of the Marion McCain Exhibition of Contemporary Atlantic Art. 

Director/CEO and Chief Curator Terry Graff states: “This is a truly magnificent example of commitment and investment in the visual arts and artists in the Atlantic region.  The McCain family has a long and distinguished record of philanthropy, of supporting the arts and culture in the region, as well as many other vital causes, and of recognizing the cultural value and the important role of the Beaverbrook Art Gallery.  We are grateful for this opportunity to re-vision and re-launch the premier exhibition of contemporary art in the Atlantic Region and to be in a position to sustain this valued project over the next ten years.”

The Marion McCain Exhibition of Contemporary Atlantic Art will be a conceptually rigorous biennale that will draw from a wide range of artistic practices and cross cultural contexts.  The exhibition will serve as a platform for artists to engage with a diverse audience in a compelling examination of the cultural geography of the Atlantic provinces (New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland) in relation to a broader global network and conversation about contemporary art.

A special working committee was formed in 2013 to re-evaluate and re-launch the Marion McCain Exhibition that was initiated and graciously sponsored by the late Marion (Billie) McCain.  It began in 1987 with a juried exhibition and evolved into a curated exhibition in 1994.  To date, there have been nine incarnations of this important program, all of which have been organized by the Beaverbrook Art Gallery and have served to advance Marion McCain’s promise and vision of supporting and nurturing visual artists in Atlantic Canada. The Beaverbrook Art Gallery has, through the generosity of Marion and Harrison McCain, witnessed significant growth in its collection of contemporary art by Atlantic Canadian artists, as well as benefited from the establishment of the Marion McCain Atlantic Gallery, which opened in 1995.

The Committee for the Marion McCain Exhibition of Contemporary Atlantic Art is chaired by gallerist Ingrid Mueller and includes Herménégilde Chiasson, poet, playwright and visual artist; Ann McCain Evans, Chair of the Harrison McCain Foundation; Terry Graff, Director/CEO and Chief Curator of the Beaverbrook Art Gallery; Jonathan Shaughnessy, Associate Curator, Contemporary Art, National Gallery of Canada; Caroline Walker, Program Officer, Cultural Development Branch, Department of Tourism, Heritage and Culture NB; Glenn Priestley (visual artist) and Robert L. Benn, Honorary Member.

On the recommendation of the Committee, the Beaverbrook Art Gallery has contracted Dr. Corinna Ghaznavi to serve as curator of the tenth Marion McCain Exhibition of Contemporary Atlantic Art scheduled to open at the BAG in October 2015.  Dr. Ghaznavi is an independent curator and freelance writer.  She has curated exhibitions across Canada and the Netherlands and her writing has been published in Canadian and European art publications.

Recognizing the need for developing greater critical dialogue about the visual arts in the Atlantic region, the re-visioned Marion McCain Exhibition of Contemporary Atlantic Art will include the development and production of a new biannual visual arts journal that will serve to take the pulse of contemporary art in Atlantic Canada by extending various ideas and themes within the exhibition, and by exploring many of the diverse and complex narratives that emerge from the region’s particular histories, its peoples, its landscape.

“This is exactly what my mother would have wanted,” Ann Evans stated recently after a committee meeting in Fredericton.  “She really cared about the artists in Atlantic Canada and it was always her wish that we continue her legacy.”

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Jeremy Elder-Jubelin
Visitor Services Coordinator
Phone: (506) 458-2039

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