Exhibit to feature graduating artists' work

Posted: March 5, 2015 3:00 p.m.

Artwork by University of Regina students on display at the Mackenzie Art Gallery.
Artwork by University of Regina students on display at the Mackenzie Art Gallery. Photo: U of R Photography

The works of graduating students from the University of Regina’s Bachelor of Fine Arts program will be on display at the Mackenzie Art Gallery as part of the exhibition ‘The Uncanny Valley’ from March 6 to April 6.

“We all know the incredible opportunity it is for us to have our stuff shown at the gallery,” says Alex Schmidt who is one of 12 students from the Department of Visual Arts taking part in the exhibit. “There are great artists featured at the Mackenzie and for us to have our work here as well is an honour.”

The exhibition is the product of four years of hard work and artistic growth for the students.

“We came to the university at the same time and it turns out the subject matter for this exhibition speaks to a common theme of relationships or imagery of humans,” says Schmidt.

The Mackenzie Art Gallery has been featuring these types of University of Regina exhibits for more than 25 years.

“It is an important part of our history and identity to be involved with the students and faculty at the U of R,” says Anthony Kiendl, Executive Director and CEO of the Mackenzie Art Gallery. “Our reciprocal relationship is quite unique and benefits communities beyond the university as well. We are grateful for this relationship.”

For Schmidt the Mackenzie Art Gallery show is the culmination of an “exciting journey.”

“University degrees are there to challenge you,” says Schmidt. “The professors are amazing. They understand what you want. They understand what you think, your style. They’re always challenging your art. I have definitely grown having that extra push to see things that might be ambiguous. A degree in Bachelor of Fine Arts helps you realize what you want to do. I know we will all want to continue to be artists, but we also want to continue with our education.”

The exhibition features an opening reception March 6 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Mackenzie Art Gallery. The event includes a silent auction of artwork from University of Regina faculty and local artists with proceeds going to the funding of current and future Bachelor of Fine Arts exhibitions.  

The University of Regina’s Fine Arts Faculty offers rewarding areas of study including Visual Arts, Creative Technologies, Interdisciplinary Studies, Film, Music and Theatre.

For more information please visit:    http://www.uregina.ca/finearts/