Past Artist Residencies
Wendy lives in Fredericton, and wrote her first novel at age nine. During her first career, she worked for the Government of New Brunswick, ending her career as the Deputy Minister of Education. She has been known to wander art galleries and have spirited conversations with the paintings – mostly in her head, though sometimes not! Her second novel, The Frame-Up, was set at the Beaverbrook Art Gallery; the holiday short story follow-up, A Beaverbrook Holiday, will be available at the gift shop after November 25.
As Artist in Residence, Wendy will be busy leading school and other special group tours, giving talks and workshops, be available to meet in the Artist in Residence studio, and will be editing her third novel.
Jennifer Lee Wiebe (b. 1965) received her MFA in Painting and Drawing from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, after majoring in English and American Literature at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine as an undergraduate. Her study abroad year in Scandinavia cultivated a life-long interest in globalization and the privilege of language, in particular English. Her recent work LINGUA FRANCA SPOKEN HERE happened through residency opportunities in Spain,Italy and Canada. Jennifer is currently the studio head of Drawing at the New Brunswick College of Craft and Design.
During her residency Jennifer will be exploring the use of text and imagery through sampling from social media sources. Her two series: "#Needlepoint", and "Scratch cards for the Apocalypse" are textile and acrylic paint-based, respectively.
Considered a pioneer of Acadian modernism, Herménégilde Chiasson has been a practicing visual artist, poet, playwright, and arts advocate for over 50 years. Born in Saint Simon, New Brunswick, Chiasson graduated from Université de Moncton in 1967 and went on to complete four more degrees, finishing with a Doctorate at the Sorbonne, in Paris, in 1983. He has since returned to Acadie to continue working on his art, while also engaging in a variety of other artistic and cultural activities.
His work has been shown in over 100 exhibitions, including 18 solo exhibitions. In addition to visual arts, Chiasson has published several books, plays, and texts in literary magazines; he has also produced more than 14 films. The exhibition Herménégilde Chiasson: For 50 Years at the Beaverbrook Art Gallery features one artwork from each of the first fifty years of his ongoing visual arts career.
KC Wilcox (b. 1992) is a New Brunswick based multimedia artist and organizer. She graduated from NSCAD in 2014, and lives in Saint John. She has exhibited across Canada and screened at film festivals internationally. She is a former Executive Director of Connexion, an artist-run centre for contemporary art in Fredericton, NB.
Artist-in-residence KC Wilcox will be developing new work in line with her piece Tree in Preservation, included in the upcoming exhibition Depository Park, opening on October 13th in the Lower Gallery.
“While developing a piece for Depository Park, I was thinking about how to reclassify objects that were designed for storing information. I was attempting to approach preserving nature by means of preserving memory. For me, this highlighted a complicated relationship between people and nature. I want to continue this investigation so that I can better understand my own view on how to understand and coexist with the natural world, and how this relates to Western worldviews on nature. I believe it begins within my own body, as my body exists as a part of the biological world, and in challenging the ways in which I have come to know nature, manipulate it, and submit it to my desires.”
Jennifer Stead, June 18 – 29
Amy Ash, July 2 – 13
Alexandrya Eaton, July 16 – 22
Abby Paige, July 23 – 29
Colin Smith, July 30 - August 10
Emma Hassencahl-Perley, August 13 – 24
Vicky Lentz, August 27 - September 7
Stephen Hutchings will be our next artist in the Bruno Bobak Artist-in-Residence Studio, from June 2 through June 15. Stop in and chat with him from 10:30 am to 4:30 pm, Monday to Friday.
Stephen Hutchings is an established Canadian artist living beside the Saint John River in Florenceville-Bristol, New Brunswick. His art practice includes oil painting, printmaking, drawing and video. He actively shows in both museums and commercial galleries across North America.
Hutchings has had a number of museum exhibitions of large-scale work. Two recent touring exhibitions include: Fury, comprised of eight 8' x 8' paintings that depict turbulent skies and furious storms (metaphors for contemporary life) (Canadian Museum of Nature; Whyte Museum); Landscapes for the End of Time (2010–2012), which was comprised of eight billboard-sized paintings and two videos (Glenbow Museum; Winnipeg Art Gallery; Mendel Gallery). Other museum shows have included The Recent Paintings of Stephen Hutchings and Private Gesture: The Drawings of Stephen Hutchings. Hutchings' work is included in private collections in Europe and North America as well as the in the collections of museums and corporations across Canada.
"My landscape paintings are, in equal measures, both objective and subjective: they not only describe the world I know, they also describe the world I remember and the world as I want it to be. When I make my work, I engage with ideas about mystery, about illumination, about the infinite. Areas of rich dark and intense light work as metaphors for these concepts, morphing them from a conceptual existence into a more sensory experience.
Brooks will be available to talk about the tradition and process of building birch bark canoes, including images documenting the making of the Grandmother Canoe. He will also bring in examples of his carving and baskets, and will discuss these traditional Maliseet works.
Cody Brooks is an indigenous artist from St. Mary’s First Nation (Sitansisk). For the past 15 years, he has built 11 birch bark canoes in New England and across Canada. He also creates traditional baskets and wood carvings. Cody is passionate about his heritage and works tirelessly to inspire indigenous youth about the traditional craft of birch bark canoe making.
During her residency at the Beaverbrook Art Gallery, Alma Brooks will engage the public in discussions about her Maliseet heritage, traditions, language, and stories. She will be in the studio for research and planning, and in the Galleries to share her knowledge with visitors.
Alma Brooks is a Maliseet grandmother from the St. Mary’s First Nation in New Brunswick. She was an elected Band Councillor for one term before moving on to focus on the Maliseet Grand Council and the Wabanaki Confederacy, both traditional decision-making structures.Alma has developed and facilitated many programs for her community over the years, and was acting President of the New Brunswick Native Council for 18 years. She is currently teaching a two year University Course in the Maliseet Language. Alma is a lifelong learner in the area of the environment – from her spiritual roots to the action on the front lines of many protests, demonstrations and campaigns. Presently, she is also working to raise funds for the Wabanaki Environmental Defense Fund. The Wabanaki Confederacy includes members of the Maliseet, Mi’kmaq, Passamaquoddy and Penobscot peoples in Atlantic Canada.
Elder-in-residence Alma Brooks will be available to share stories, information, and conversations with visitors in the Marion McCain Atlantic Gallery – Drop in, and find her near the Grandfather Akwiten Canoe!
Often inspired by artists from the past, Smith’s work is also influenced by the land, light, and natural phenomena. In his residency, Smith is particularly interested in the George Chambers painting The Crew of HMS 'Terror' Saving the Boats and Provisions on the Night of 15th March (1837), as well as the works by J. M. W. Turner in our collection.
Since 1981 Michael Smith’s paintings have been exhibited across Canada and internationally including, the Appleton Museum, Ocala, Florida, Galerie Damasquine, Brussels, the Saidye Bronfman Centre, Montréal and The Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts, Taiwan. His work was also exhibited at the Charles Cowles Gallery, New York.
He completed his MFA from Concordia University, Montréal in 1983. Reviews and essays of Smith’s work have appeared in many journals and art magazines, including ARTnews, MODERN PAINTERS, Canadian Art and Border Crossings. His work was also featured in the Established Artists section of the Magenta Foundation’s 2008 book Carte Blanche v.2 Painting, a survey text on the current state of painting in Canada.
Michael Smith’s work can be found in the permanent collections of The Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, Musée des Beaux-Arts de Montréal; Tom Thomson Memorial Art Gallery, Owen Sound; The Beaverbrook Art Gallery, Fredericton; The Glenbow Museum, Calgary. Several of his works belong to the prestigious Canadiana Collection and can be found in the Prime Minister’s residence at 24 Sussex, Ottawa; Rideau Hall and the Citadel in Quebec City.
“I am an interdisciplinary artist, writer, curator and practice-informed researcher with a Ph.D. from the University of New Brunswick. I live in Fredericton, a city that sits on traditional unceded territory of the Wolastoqiyik and Mi’kmaq peoples.
“My work is deeply inspired by networks of care among and across communities of women – “women’s work” – and I am an artist who is inspired by all things textile, and that thrives on thrifting and knitting. I am also the founding director of the intersectional feminist Gynocratic Art Gallery, or The GAG (www.gynocraticartgallery.com).
“My studio and curatorial work embrace craftivism, DIY, women & gender studies broadly, in addition to other social justice issues. My doctoral dissertation investigates the negative effects of femaffect on textiles in art. I first coined the term ‘femaffect’ in 2016, it’s a word that specifically addresses an affect (or feeling) that has been feminized - either intentionally or unintentionally. In my research, I study the effects of femaffect on women and other members of LGBTG2+ communities, as it relates to their use of textiles in visual art.
“Curatorially speaking, I am interested in investigating the powers of display, conditions of presentation, and social production of value, as well as in challenging the art world’s dominant myth of the ‘single creative genius’.”
Watch Out: A full spectrum residency by Danielle Hogan
WATCH OUT, January’s artist residency title, is telling. Watch Out is an expectation and a possibility; it is a forewarning and a premonition; and, it is a declaration. As a relevant and lively new space for art and ideas, the Bruno Bobak Artist-in-Residence studio will be a space to engage in the major conversations of our time.
WATCH OUT is the Gallery’s first residency of the year and, its first-ever artist-curatorial residency. Over the course of four weeks, artist, writer, curator, and academic, Dr. Danielle Hogan will guide visitors in both formal and informal events designed to engage individuals to think more deeply about our experiences at art galleries.
Danielle will encourage visitors to examine the functions that galleries play within our communities. They will be asked to reflect on what sort of experiences art can offer them, and to ponder what sort of meaningful experiences they take away (or would like to take away) from their time spent with art. Danielle will be working with visitors, encouraging them to share their observations and ideas with each other and with members of the gallery team. WATCH OUT aims is to bring to light threads from conversation, and yarns that too often drop from our view. WATCH OUT will witness, it will create and host conversations around reconciliation, global migration, immigration, race, and gender.
Danielle will engage visitors both in the Bruno Bobak Artist-in-Residence Studio as well as around the galleries, seeking to understand better what communities need and expect from their engagements with arts and culture. Having curated exhibitions at Maltwood Gallery in Victoria BC., at the University of New Brunswick, and online at the Gynocratic Art Gallery (a space she created in 2015), Danielle has curated a corresponding exhibition at the Beaverbrook Art Gallery, WATCH OUT, featuring works from the permanent collection.
Activities offered as part of the residency include:
• The lunch hour event Pink Lunch Box. 12:30-1:00 pm, January 30th- February 2nd. Artist presentations include: Indigo Rain Poirier – Wangled Teb; Melissa McMichael – Mermaid Boyfriend; Abby Paige – A Volunteer from The Audience; and Danielle Hogan – Liquids, Creams and Gels
• A daily, feminist intervention project playfully titled Low Impact Cleaning. This daily-action has been designed to draw attention to how, and where, women’s creative output has been historically overlooked. Low Impact Cleaning will involve the simple placement of one yellow janitor sign (that will be moved around daily and photographed for a blog that visitors can follow), strategically placed to raise questions. This part of Hogan’s residency will engage the public in conversation about art collections generally, and about the future of collecting.
• Read the WATCH OUT blog here.
• February 3, WATCH OUT: Don’t Push THIS Button! Free Singleton button workshop. ‘Pushing a person's buttons’ can trigger emotions, including excitement, jealousy, anger, fear and so on. When a person suddenly becomes engaged in a conversation, that’s when you know the topic, words, and/or actions have activated their 'buttons' – just don’t push them on purpose!
Tim Hogan, also known as Timberwolf, is an emerging artist of Maliseet and Irish descent. He is inspired by mother nature to use natural media for his creations. He is a recent graduate of NBCCD in the Aboriginal Visual Arts Diploma Program.
Tim collects materials for his work from his backyard and along the Wolastoq river area: quills, birch bark, cedar, butternut wood among others. The quills are salvaged from porcupines that did not make it across the highways. Tim believes in restoring and giving back to the earth by expressing stories and imagery that honours nature.