Bruno Bobak Artist-in-Residence Studio: Current Artist

Part of the Beaverbrook Art Gallery’s recent expansion, the Bruno Bobak Artist-in-Residence Studio hosts artists and arts professionals by providing them with space to undertake their own creative work. In this studio environment, participants are encouraged to draw inspiration from the permanent collection while engaging with visitors in many different ways. 

As artists are undertaking their residency, Gallery visitors will have the opportunity to experience the creation of new works of art, and to learn more about the artistic process. Artists from across New Brunswick, Canada, and beyond will be invited to work and interact with the public through designated short- or medium-term residencies. Artists working in all media, as well as storytellers, educators, filmmakers, curators, writers, and performers, are invited to participate. By hosting a richly diverse group of creators, we will be able to add engaging new dimensions to the Gallery’s exhibitions and programs.

The studio program, which receives support from government and private funding sources, will provide visiting artists-in-residence with the time and space to create new body of work.

Residencies might include public demonstrations, presentations and talks, mentoring opportunities, and art instruction workshops and classes. Artists-in-residence will also work with Gallery staff and docents, teachers and instructors, student tours, community groups, and visitors of all ages. Residencies will be also be available for presentations, demonstrations, workshops and activities.

This program is offered as part of the Scotiabank Artist Residency Program.


Donald Andrus, April 23 - May 3

Over the course of his residency, Donald Andrus will continue to develop a new series of recent paintings (the FARGO series).  The series will be a return to a more painterly form of painting. Careful layering of oil stick and interspersed drawing will result in a painting revealing pentimenti, based upon the use of the materials and the processes of building toward an ultimate surface. Embedded within the final surface will be contrasting strips or bands of jet black fresco slip, the surface of which will carry a glittering pattern of sardonyx gel pen from Japan.

This series continues his concern with materials and processes employed to suggest the inner life of the individual painting - something malleable and shifting in the viewer’s eye and therefore encouraging engagement on the part of the viewer with the abstract imagery.

Donald Andrus is a contemporary artist living in Charlottetown, PEI. He was trained in the studios of Canadian War Artists Charles Comfort, Jack Nichols, Aba Bayefsky and the American artist Charles Morey at the University of Toronto in the late ‘50s and early ‘60’s.


Upcoming Artists-in-Residence

Dr. Ludmila Knezkova, musician-in-residence, May 7- 10

Dr. Ludmila Knezkova-Hussey earned the attention of the musical world from a very young age. Identified as a child prodigy, Ludmila began her musical education with violin studies at the age of three and gave her first public recital before reaching the age of five. She studied at universities in many countries such as Central Music School (Lvov, Ukraine), Tchaikovsky Conservatory (Moscow, Russia), Academy of  Music (Prague, Czech Republic), Hochschule fur Musik (Weimar, Germany), University of New Brunswick,  Banff Centre School of Fine Arts (Canada), piano studies in Paris (France). Ludmila is the 1st prize winner at the international piano competitions in Germany, Russia, Italy, and Czech Republic. She has performed as a soloist with symphony orchestras in more than 50 countries. Among her own compositions are symphony “St. Andrews Anthology”, Lord Beaverbrook Concerto for Piano and Symphony Orchestra, and more.

Her masterworks include the Grand Opera “Traversees”; this premiered as the first Opera documenting the Acadian history in the New World. It featured a performance by “L’Orchestre de la Garde Républicaine” from Paris,. France. The documentary “Flying on the Moon – The Ludmila Story” was produced in collaboration and distribution with CBC. Its acclaimed reception warranted numerous rebroadcasts on Bravo, ARTV, Radio- Canada and the CBC networks.

Ludmila is a recipient of numerous international awards. Among them are: World Order Science-Education-Culture, Belgium; the International Order of Merit, England; Paul Harris Fellow Award, "The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International”, Canada;. Honorary Doctorate from UNB and induction into the Order of New Brunswick.


Janice Wright Cheney, May 14- 31

Janice Wright Cheney’s textile based sculptures and installations explore the human relationship to nature and consider the fragility of our present state, examining the loss of wilderness and imagining ecological life in the future.

Building on recent projects (On the Idea of Wilderness, Spectre, Sardinia, Fera Moira) this residency will examine our relationship with the environment, and focus on the theme of “re-wilding” - a call for things to return to their natural state. While in residence, the artist proposes an intervention meant to re-wild the International collection of the Gallery. Stay tuned for wild creatures imagined and created by Janice Wright Cheney to make appearances and take residence in the International Wing!

Janice Wright Cheney graduated from Mount Allison University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1983, and completed a Masters of Education in Critical Studies at UNB in 2003. Wright Cheney lives in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada, where she teaches at the New Brunswick College of Craft & Design.

See the past artists in residence here.