MacKenzie Art Gallery features works of graduating students

By Costa Maragos Posted: March 31, 2017 6:00 a.m.

The graduating bachelor of fine arts students, front row (l-r) Elizabeth Elich, Danielle Corson, Madhu Kumar, Dylan Dowler and Jeffrey Altwasser aka The Rabbit King. Back l-r Brittany Gillies, Mackenze Grad, Audie Murray and Matthew Lapierre
The graduating bachelor of fine arts students, front row (l-r) Elizabeth Elich, Danielle Corson, Madhu Kumar, Dylan Dowler and Jeffrey Altwasser aka The Rabbit King. Back l-r Brittany Gillies, Mackenze Grad, Audie Murray and Matthew Lapierre Photo by Rae Graham - U of R Photography

The works of some of the University’s emerging artists have found prime space on the walls of the MacKenzie Art Gallery in Regina.

The Visual Arts Graduating BFA Exhibition is now on display at the gallery until April 9, 2017.

“It’s very exciting. The MacKenzie is a wonderful space and nationally recognized,” says Elizabeth Elich, one of the nine students whose works are being exhibited. “There’s a wonderful history of the University and the MacKenzie and for us it is really nice to exhibit in this very well-known space.”

BFA Show
The graduating BFA Exhibition features a public reception April 1. The exhibition is open until April 9. Photo by Jeff Altwasser

The show, Nonagon / In Flux, presents new works by Jeffrey Altwasser, Danielle Corson, Dylan Dowler, Elizabeth Elich, Brittany Gillies, Mackenze Grad, Madhu Kumar, Matthew Lapierre and Audio Murray.

The students have been guided by renowned Canadian curator, Wayne Baerwaldt.  

“We have a long and rich partnership with the MacKenzie, which we are very grateful for," says Leesa Streifler, professor and head of the Department of Visual Arts of the Faculty of Media, Art, and Performance. “The graduating exhibition is an important component of our BFA program as it offers our students their first exhibition opportunity in a professional gallery.”
 
The MacKenzie Art Gallery, in partnership with the University of Regina, has been hosting the BFA exhibition for more than 30 years.

“The MacKenzie is committed to its educational mandate,” says Anthony Kiendl, Executive Director and CEO of the MacKenzie Art Gallery. “Providing meaningful learning opportunities to young artists is part of the strong and enduring relationship the MacKenzie enjoys with the University of Regina.”

The current exhibit has been open since March 18. However, the highlight is the public reception which takes place Saturday, April 1 at 2 p.m.

“Having our work at the MacKenzie allows for our reception to have high numbers,” says Elich. ”It’s an opportunity for the community to come in and see what we have been working on.”

Event: Graduating BFA Exhibition
Date:   Saturday, April 1, 2017
Time:   2 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Venue: MacKenzie Art Gallery
The reception will include a silent auction and music by Ava Wild. The event is free and open to the public. Student organizers say the reception is in need of volunteers. If you’re interested please contact Dylan Dowler at dmdowler@sasktel.net.