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News in Brief: Nadia Myre Awarded Banff Commission, AGO’s New Curatorial Addition, Contemporary Calgary Expands

Our editors’ weekly roundup of Canadian art news

Quebec–based artist Nadia Myre, an Algonquin member of the Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg First Nation, has won the inaugural Walter Phillips Gallery Indigenous Commission Award at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity. Myre will receive $20,000 to create the work, which will become a part of the Banff Centre’s permanent collection. Myre’s project was chosen by the Banff Centre and past Indigenous Residency faculty Candice Hopkins and David Garneau.

Contemporary Calgary announced that Lisa Baldissera has been hired as senior curator on Thursday. With curatorial experience at the Mendel Art Gallery and the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Baldissera comes to Calgary from London, England, where she was working as a PhD candidate at Goldsmiths College, University of London. She takes up her post at Contemporary Calgary on August 2. The gallery has also appointed Lauren Kibler as the new special events manager.

The Art Gallery of Ontario has announced more appointments to their curatorial department, after Wanda Nanibush joined as the first curator of Canadian and Indigenous art. Now Alexa Greist has been named assistant curator of prints and drawings at the gallery. With a PhD from the University of Pennsylvania, Greist has held curatorial roles at the Art Institute of Chicago, Philadelphia Museum of Art and Yale University Art Gallery. She begins at the AGO on July 25.

Montreal’s Galerie de Bellefeuille, which has been dealing Modern and contemporary art for 36 years, has expanded into a third location. With a flagship location on Greene Avenue, the gallery opened GdB ll across the street in 2014. The new third location is on Montreal’s Sherbrooke Street West, and the addition increases the gallery’s exhibition space to 20,000 square feet.

The Art Gallery of Burlington and Craft Ontario have partnered to produce the inaugural Canadian Craft Biennial. Taking place in 2017, the biennial will include exhibitions of work by established and emerging makers and a two-day conference split between Toronto and Burlington. Coinciding with the biennial, the AGB and CC have launched a 10-day residency for six makers that will take place in Burlington and allow access to the gallery’s facilities, and run in conjunction with a residency for writers.

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