Into The Streets: Public Art Series
(Presented by the Southern Alberta Art Gallery 2017-2019)
Co-curated by Tyler J Stewart and Jane Edmundson, Into the Streets: Public Art Series is an opportunity to embed art, creativity, livability, and social responsibility into public space; and to facilitate possibilities for creative, engaging experiences that are open to all. From 2017-2019 this public art series engaged large and diverse audiences by combining new artistic experiences with successful local festivals. Temporary art installations and participatory artworks were incorporated into special events to reach audiences beyond those who typically participate in Lethbridge’s formalized arts programming. Through partnership and collaboration, Into the Streets presented an opportunity to engage artists who expand the field of contemporary art through performance, social practice, collaboration, and public art. They moved beyond the physical boundaries of the gallery, bringing a sense of wonder, joy, and amazement to downtown Lethbridge.
From Pianos to Power Chords
(Temporary exhibition at the Galt Museum & Archives, 2017)
Can you imagine a day without music? It surrounds us each and every day – almost everywhere we go, we can have easy access to music in our lives. But it wasn’t always this way.Over 100 years ago when Lethbridge was just becoming a city, music was much more rare. You had to own an instrument, or know someone who could play one, just to have access to music. Before radios became common, you would likely only hear music during a concert or a parade, which meant that music was a driving force that helped bring our community together.
From Pianos to Power Chords, took a deeper look at how music has helped to unite us. From the first static-filled radio broadcasts to the high-fidelity recordings of today, along with the garage bands, symphonies and late-night jam sessions in between, this exhibition showcases the sounds coming out of Southern Alberta. This exhibition featured illustrations by local artist Eric Dyck, and was adapted into a full-length comic book with expanded content for the exhibition’s closing reception.
National Music Centre
What if a visit to the museum was as exciting as going to a music festival? That sense of excitement, discovering new artists, hearing new sounds and celebrating with friends – this is the approach the National Music Centre took to developing their new exhibitions. Curiosity drives visitors to explore the sounds, light and interactive activities pouring out of the 22 individual exhibition stages, encouraging them to engage in an ever-evolving discussion around music in Canada.
For over two years prior to the opening of this ambitious new facility, I acted as Exhibitions Development Project Manager to supervise the development and production of 21,000 square feet of innovative new exhibitions. This work involved coordinating the national exhibitions advisory committee to determine visitor experience goals, and managing exhibitions contractors from around the world, including exhibit designers Haley Sharpe Design, content developers St Joseph Media, exhibit fabricators Design & Production, and the multimedia interactives created by Make Amazing and RLMG.
RE: Writing Art History
(Temporary exhibition for the University of Lethbridge Art Gallery, 2011)
In 1971 art historian Linda Nochlin posed the question “Why have there been no great women artists?” – one of the most loaded questions to possibly ask during the rise of the feminist art revolution. Rather than attempt to answer that question in a singular manner, many writers have focused on the plethora of causes that keep excellent female artists on the margins of the art world, rather than at its core. Curated from the University of Lethbridge Art Collection, this exhibition focused on female artists working during the late twentieth century, before, during and after the apex of the feminist art movement during the 1970s, into the 1980s and early 1990s.