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Janice Wright Cheney

June 24, 2024 - July 19, 2024


Janice Wright Cheney is a visual artist living on traditional Wolastoqey land (Fredericton, New Brunswick). Her works have been exhibited at MASS MoCA (Massachusetts), Beaverbrook Art Gallery, Owens Art Gallery (NB), Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Southern Alberta Art Gallery, and the Anchorage Museum. She participated in the Bonavista Biennale (2021) and in an exhibition in Brussels, Belgium (2023). She has a BFA from Mount Allison University and an MEd in Critical Studies from the University of New Brunswick. Wright Cheney has been elected to the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts and is a recipient of the New Brunswick Lieutenant Governor's Award for High Achievement in Visual Arts. She teaches at the New Brunswick College of Craft and Design.


Janice Wright Cheney's current research is focused on lichens, which inspire her for many reasons. Lichens, true collaborators, challenge her to reimagine ways of being. Their beauty lies in the miniature world of lichen forests.

Recently, Janice has initiated a project emphasizing the relationship between caribou and caribou lichen while addressing the absence of caribou in NB. Her residency project aims to delve deeper into this theme. She plans to craft a large lichen "carpet" by sewing laser-cut pieces of lichen-shaped cloth onto velvet yardage. In addition, she intends to create drawings exploring homemade lichen inks, focusing on studies of lichen and antlers. Furthermore, Janice proposes to develop a new embroidery series, continuing the theme of lichens within old-growth forests.

Studio hours

Monday and Tuesday, 10 am to 3 pm

Wednesday 12 pm to 5 pm

Thursday 12 pm to 4 pm and 6 pm to 8 pm 

Friday 10 am to 3 pm

*July 10th 12 pm to 3 pm and 5 pm to 8 pm