Our editors’ weekly roundup of Canadian art news.
Administrative staff at the Alberta College of Art and Design announced earlier this week that the Illingworth Kerr Gallery would be undergoing significant restructuring as a part of changes at the school due to budgetary concerns (course delivery will be restructured, an administrative position will be removed, two executive positions will be eliminated and more). The news is drawing concern from faculty, students and community members—stay tuned for Canadian Art’s in-depth report into the situation next week.
Jimmy Limit has been awarded the $5,000 Gattuso Prize, given to one outstanding featured exhibition from the Scotiabank Contact Photography Festival. The prize was juried by artist Lise Beaudry and writer Sara Knelman. Limit’s exhibition, “Surplus,” continues at Clint Roenisch Gallery until June 6.
On Wednesday, the National Gallery of Canada Foundation named a contemporary exhibition space in the gallery for Vancouver collectors and philanthropists Michael Audain and Yoshiko Karasawa. Naming recognition at the NGC is a relatively recent development, begun in February after the Sobey family’s donation to artists representing Canada in Venice. Audain and Karasawa were honoured for donating more than $5 million to the gallery over the past decade.
According to a release on Thursday, Megan Bradley has rejoined Montreal gallery Parisian Laundry as co-director, alongside Jeanie Riddle. Bradley was previously director of exhibitions at Parisian Laundry, but moved to SBC Gallery to work as director of development and communications. She previously founded Galerie Push in Montreal.
A rare piece of Emily Carr ephemera will be on the auction block at the Penticton Art Gallery on June 27. The two lots will contain a signed first edition of Carr’s first book Klee Wyck, which won the 1941 Governor General’s Awards for Literary Merit in non-fiction, and the original printing block used for the cover of the first edition, which was published by Oxford University Press.