“GIVE UP AND PARTY” // Main Gallery, SNAP Gallery 10123 121 Street, Edmonton AB.
Exhibitions run Aug 11 – Sept 9.
How do we respond to a global crisis of our own making? In GIVE UP AND PARTY, Morgan Wedderspoon brings together found objects and borrowed text to inquire into the relationship between the human subject and the changing climate in a time of anthropogenic global warming. Drawing from a list of eight responses to crisis from Margaret Atwood’s Payback: Debt and the Shadow Side of Wealth, Wedderspoon uses chance operations and assemblage to create a suite of prints and a bookwork of collage poetry. This project is supported by the Edmonton Arts Council and the City of Edmonton.
Morgan Wedderspoon is an artist and teacher living in Edmonton, Alberta. Originally from St. Catharines, Ontario, Wedderspoon is a graduate of Queen’s University (2009) and holds a Master of Fine Art in Printmaking from the University of Alberta (2016). She has exhibited nationally and internationally, with print works in public and private collections in Canada, the United States, Egypt and China. She teaches printmaking at the University of Alberta and the Society of Northern Alberta Print-Artists (SNAP).
Each year, St. Michael’s Printshop invites applications from emerging artists who wish to come to work at St. Michael’s Printshop for one year under the Don Wright Printmaking Scholarship.
First awarded in 1991, the Don Wright Scholarship was established in recognition of visual artist Don Wright for the valuable contribution he made to the development of St. Michael’s Printshop and the visual arts in Newfoundland and Labrador.
This program offers an emerging artist the opportunity to develop his/her ideas and technical skills in a professional printmaking facility. One scholarship residency is offered each year. In order to qualify, applicants must meet the following minimum requirements:
Normally reside in Newfoundland and Labrador (or be willing to relocate in order to commit a reasonable amount of time to the scholarship)
Be recent graduates of a Fine Arts Program of study.
Must demonstrate technical competence and innovation in the print medium.
Lasting Impressions is an exhibition of print works made by University of Alberta Art and Design final year undergraduate and first year graduate students who specialize in printmaking. Undergraduate printmaking students learn traditional mediums such as etching, lithography, silkscreen and relief printing, which in their final year they are encouraged employ as part of their developing contemporary art practice. As a result, there is a broad range of both traditional and highly innovative printmaking on display in this exhibition from woodcuts of bovine heads printed on to leather, to CGI generated plant imagery printed as cyanotypes, to an Instagram feed printed as traditional etchings, to laser cut unmade beds blind embossed into paper. The University of Alberta Printmaking department is very proud to present this extremely high quality exhibition at SNAP, the organization which promises to continue to nurture and support the future of these emerging contemporary artists.
Lasting Impressions has been curated by Assistant Professor of Printmaking Marilene Oliver to reflect four subject based seminars that students organized as part of their printmaking studies this term on Identity, Sustainability, Loneliness and Caring, and Technology and the Hand.