August has been hectic and rewarding for several reasons. One of them was because of a lead up to a reunion exhibition for my 2004 Alumni class from the Fine Art Program at MacEwan University. Originally Kyleanne, one of our classmates suggested a get together and then Amy, another classmate, suggested an exhibition. Several of us formed a committee and then worked our way through the list of classmates to see who would be on board. I would say it came together fairly easily even though half of the class lives outside of Edmonton. Of course it was a bit of work to bring it all together but we had several parties involved (MacEwan’s Alumni Association, Leslie Sharpe, Chair of the Fine Art Program and the Students Union at MacEwan) to helped make the process come together nicely which culminated in a lovely opening this past Friday. There were 27 graduates that year and 19 of us participated in the exhibition.
I have curated a few shows before but this time was different because while the artwork was important it seemed we were curating an emotion or expectations for where we should be today. This is tricky because nostalgia is inherently cliché, which was something we originally covered as part of our assignments with Darci Mallon, a thoughtful and wise instructor we had at MacEwan. As a committee we tried to capitalize on the individuality of our successes within our families and our professions with a background in fine arts. We themed the show ‘Self Portrait’, allowing the exhibitors to express in diverse mediums where they are today. We also created a lovely catalog with funding from the Alumni Association giving us an opportunity to connect in print as well as for those who were able to come to the reunion event.
The exhibition is open from Sept 12 – Oct 3rd. I will upload photos from the show once I get them from the Alumni office. But for now if interested you can preview the catalog, poster and map that illustrates where we have all lived since graduation (red) and where we continued on to study (blue) there after. I also included a few installation photos and one photo from Teresa’s Facebook page (another classmate) that she uploaded from the opening.