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Shaping Calgary

September  11  - October  16, 2021

 

Herringer Kiss Gallery presents “Shaping Calgary”, an exhibition of 8 influential Calgary sculptors with ties to the Alberta College of Art, now the Alberta University of the Arts. Some of these artists were students at  ACA, some were instructors and some were both, but all have a legacy with the institution. The 8 featured artists include Katie Ohe, Walter May, Rita McKeough, Gord Ferguson, Blake Senini, Laura Vickerson, Ron Kanashiro and Alex Caldwell.

"Through the years, the work produced by these amazing artists speaks volumes about the rigor and depth of their respective narratives and of their passion. At the Alberta University of the Arts, we are so very proud to have been and to still be a part of their journey, be as students, faculty, or simply a friend. The influence they have made and continue to make to our broad community of creatives, cannot easily be measured nor should it be understated, as we are still learning from them and this for many years to come".   - Dr. Daniel Doz, President and CEO, Alberta University of the Arts.
 

 

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Alex Caldwell

Alex Caldwell is also a graduate of the AUArts sculpture department (BFA, 1985). His works reflect a clean minimalist approach to sculpture often with glass-like surfaces of steel and bright colour. Alex's work is widely collected and he has completed numerous commissions. His work is in public and private collections across Canada and Internationally.

Gord Ferguson

 

Gord Ferguson is an artist and Professor Emeritus at the Alberta University of the Arts, (formerly the Alberta College of Art & Design). He received an MFA degree in Sculpture from the University of Montana in 1981 and has exhibited his work across Canada and in the U.S. He has completed a number of public art installations and was the recipient of two Canada Council grants to support his studio research.

His interests include the reconsideration of manufactured consumer objects, constructed environments, design, language, advertising, corporate behaviour, and hierarchies of value in contemporary culture.

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Ron Kanashiro

Ron Kanashiro is a sculptor and graduate of the Alberta College of Art, (Dip. 1977). He has shown at the Glenbow Museum, Edmonton Art Gallery, Muttart Gallery and the Walter J. Phillips Gallery and his work is in collections such as the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, Glenbow Museum and the Nickle Arts Gallery. His totemic sculptures are both modern and primitive and are realized with meticulous detail and sensitivity.

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Rita McKeough

Rita McKeough is an installation and performance artist based in Treaty 7 region of Southern Alberta, on the traditional territories of the Blackfoot Confederacy (Siksika, Kainai, Piikani), the Tsuut’ina, the Îyâxe Nakoda Nations, the Métis Nation (Region 3).


Her work incorporates audio, electronics, and mechanical performing objects. Since the late 70s, McKeough consistently works from a feminist perspective, and her recent work focuses on the environmental impacts of oil production and demonstrates her desire to use sound to create a rhythmic voice of agency and empathy to articulate forces of resistance in the natural world. McKeough’s work has been featured in Caught in the Act: An Anthology of Performance Art by Canadian Women (YYZ Books, 2004). Rita McKeough: Works (Emmedia, Truck Gallery and MST performative art festival, 2018). McKeough feels fortunate to have the support and assistance of her community to produce her work.

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Walter May

Although primarily known as a sculptor, Walter May’s practice has also included drawing, digital photography, and installations. He has an extensive exhibition record with over two dozen solo and collaborative exhibitions or projects and numerous invitational and group exhibitions both nationally and internationally. 

From 1982 to 2013, Walter May was a faculty member at the Alberta College of Art & Design, teaching primarily in the sculpture program. He served three terms as President of ACAD Faculty Association.

Walter May is represented by the Paul Kuhn Gallery in Calgary.

Katie Ohe, RCA, LLD

Katie Ohe is a renowned Canadian sculptor and one of the first artists to make abstract sculpture in Alberta. Born in 1937 in Peers, Alberta, she attended the Alberta College of Art (Dip.1960). In 1991 Katie received the ACAD Alumni Award of Excellence Award (formerly the Board of Governors’ Award of Excellence) and in 2001 was the recipient of an honorary doctorate from the University of Calgary in recognition of her influence on art in Alberta. Katie is an elected member of Royal Canadian Academy of Arts and in 2019, Katie was awarded both the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Distinguished Artist Award and the Alberta Order of Excellence, the highest honour to be bestowed upon a citizen.

Driven by the desire to be able to express thoughts and emotions through her work, Katie’s sculptures compel you to physically interact with them and their kinetic movements mesmerize.

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Blake Senini

Blake Senini received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Victoria in Sculpture in 1975 and his Masters of Fine Arts from the University of Calgary in 1981. He is the recipient of numerous awards and has exhibited widely, both nationally and internationally, for over 40 years. Blake is a Professor Emeritus of the Sculpture Department at the Alberta College of Art and Design after teaching for 36 years. Blake has completed numerous commissions, both private and public, indoor and outdoor since around 1987.

Laura Vickerson

Laura Vickerson is a Calgary-based installation artist and educator. Laura Vickerson is Professor Emerita at Alberta University of the Arts (1989-2020). Her art production varies in form, medium, and scale from more intimate garment-based works made with gauze and/or wax to large-scale installations involving rose petals pinned to yards of sheer fabric. She has produced site-specific installations for various international exhibitions including the Istanbul Biennial as well as a project in the UK through Locus + titled “Fairytales and Factories”. She has exhibited extensively in Canada as well as the US, Britain, Turkey, Poland and China.   

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Alex Caldwell