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Friday
Jul122019

Trudy Golley - Red Deer College

Trudy Golley received her education in Ceramics at the Alberta College of Art (known today as Alberta University of the Arts) and the University of Calgary (BFA) and the University of Tasmania (MFA) in Hobart, Australia. She enjoys a prominent international career and has been invited to participate in ceramic residencies, lectures, and give workshops in Canada, the USA, Australia, Denmark, China, Scotland, Hong Kong and Malta.

Alberta is lucky to have Trudy and her students get to learn first hand from a woman whose work is represented in numerous public and private collections in Canada, China, Denmark and Australia.

Trudy has taught Ceramics and Visual Fundamentals in the Visual Art Department at RDC since 2000, and as you can imagine, being a respected teacher and artist is no small feat. To learn more, we asked her a simple question: How have you balanced your creative practice with teaching?

Trudy says: "I use the studio at the College to develop my own work outside of my teaching time. This allows me to be both available and to develop a more informal relationship with the students. Throughout all of my teaching positions, I have remained committed to working in the open studio to share my experience with my students in a more relaxed atmosphere. Some of the most meaningful exchanges — those that can’t be recreated in a classroom situation — are shared with students after-hours or on weekends. Often this helps students to reflect on what they are hearing and seeing and assists them to make up their minds about how to proceed with their own work.  As an instructor I encourage students to find their own voice by taking risks and to challenge themselves; to find the pathway that makes sense to them, rather than emulating the work that they see me making. In fact, I feel that I have not succeeded as an instructor if I see a student doing work that looks like mine."

 



She continues, "The students’ exposure to their instructor, making their personal work in the studio means that they get to witness the professional pacing of a project or body of work. Students get to see the successes, as well as the failures, and this gives a more realistic view of what it is to work as a professional artist. Now, in this time of diminishing hand skills, it is even more critical for students to see the commitment and determination that is required to build both mental and physical skill in this lifelong pursuit."

Cultivate | Instigate is about the influential creatives at the forefront of post-secondary craft education in Alberta. The artists in this exhibition balance the dual roles of educator and  professional practicing artist. Acting as torchbearers, they are bridging Alberta’s rich craft legacy with contemporary craft culture.

 Visit the exhibition at the Alberta Craft Gallery - Edmonton until August 31, 2019.

 

Friday
Jun212019

Ruby Sweetman and Trudie Allen - Native Arts & Culture Program

On National Indigenous People's Day, we want to share the work of Trudie Allen and Ruby Sweetman, two artists and instructors of the Native Arts and Culture Program at Portage College in Lac La Biche, Alberta. Their work portrays the Woodland Cree hide tanning process and beadwork and it is currently on display in Cultivate | Instigate. Read on for a full interview with Ruby Sweetman.


 

Ruby Sweetman - Portage College Native Arts and Culture
Instructor and Coordinator

Ruby Sweetman is of mixed Cree ancestry and has been a professional artist and an instructor in the Native Arts and Culture Program for over 20 years. As one of the most experienced instructors of the traditional Woodland Cree hide tanning process, she creates traditional hide tanning art works
representing the past.

 

"Many students contribute to society by passing on many lost art forms."

 
Alberta Craft Council (ACC): Ruby, what is your teaching philosophy and how has it evolved over time?

Ruby: As an Indigenous learner, my thoughts on learning may differ than others, I grew up learning from Elders and their philosophy of look, listen and learn , hard work and a lot of practice to perfect a skill.

My Philosophy has always been similar on many points since I was a student. Now that I have been in the front of a class for twenty five years, I am now more aware of the diversity of learners and their varied abilities in learning. As an Instructor my role is to provide a supportive and encouraging learning environment, accommodate different ways of learning and be committed to the continuous improvement of my knowledge for the benefit of my students’ learning and Culture.

Training students in the Native Cultural Arts Field, is a very rewarding career, not only do the students learn about their culture, they learn to have great pride in who they are as Indigenous and non-indigenous people. Many students contribute to society by passing on many lost art forms.

 

ACC: What are some emerging trends and/or career aspirations you see from your students?

Ruby: I see aspiration and goals from successful students in the field of the Indigenous art world, when they combine their ideas with traditional and contemporary style art. Students have continued and gotten their MFAs in Visual Arts and have success in gallery shows National and Internationally. Some of our students have been recognized with high awards such as the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Emerging Artist Award, the William and Meredith Saunerson Prize for Emerging Artists in Canada from the Hnatyshyn Foundation, REVEAL award from the Hnatyshyn Foundation, and Sobeys Art Award nominees.

 

 

"I have always believed in higher education in my culture and teaching the old ways of our people in a creative practice that values art and being creative."

 

ACC: How have you balanced your creative practice with teaching?

Ruby: I have always believed in higher education in my culture and teaching the old ways of our people in a creative practice that values art and being creative. I feel the more I can be successful in creating art as an artist not just an Instructor, the better it is for the students to see what can be achieved if they have the right mind set. Creating works of art in my free time is relaxing and helps me keep on top of age old skills of our ancestors. 

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Trudie Allen - Portage College Native Arts and Culture Program
Instructor

Trudie Allen taught at the Native Arts and Culture Program at Portage College for over twenty years. She began teaching at Portage College in 1997 and retired in 2018. She identifies as Blackfoot and a member of the Blood tribe. Trudie is truly a lifelong maker, she began bead working and sewing at three years of age.

 

Cultivate | Instigate is about the influential creatives at the forefront of post-secondary craft education in Alberta. The artists in this exhibition balance the dual roles of educator and  professional practicing artist. Acting as torchbearers, they are bridging Alberta’s rich craft legacy with contemporary craft culture.

 Visit the exhibition at the Alberta Craft Gallery - Edmonton until August 31, 2019.


Friday
May242019

WHAT'S STOPPING YOU? 9 FAQ'S ABOUT EXHIBITION PROPOSALS 

What you need to know about submitting your work for an exhibition at the Alberta Craft Gallery


Alberta Craft Discovery Gallery

Having worked with many artists over the years (and as artists ourselves), we know first-hand how intimidating and stressful it can be to put together an exhibition proposal for a gallery. To try and make it easy for all artists to submit their ideas we have compiled a list of the most frequently asked questions we get from those wishing to submit their work for exhibition. 

The deadline to submit your proposal for the Discovery Gallery exhibition line-up of 2020 is June 3rd, 2019 9am MST

1.    Do you have to be a member of the Alberta Craft Council to apply?

Yes, you should be a member of the Alberta Craft Council (as should every Alberta artist who is pursuing a career in fine craft and wants to be connected to a great community). Get or renew your Alberta Craft Council membership.

2.    Are CARFAC fees paid for Discovery Exhibitions? 

In 2020 the Alberta Craft Council will be paying a CARFAC fee of $848 for solo Discovery Gallery Exhibitions. The fee is split for group exhibitions.

3.    What if I don’t have all the work created yet? 

For the deadline, we need the proposal to be fully realized. It would be great to have images of the work that will be actually on display but if that is not feasible then include samples of work that is representative of the proposal, along with drawings/sketches of the proposed work and a timeline for creation. Read the call for entry for all the details. 

4.    What is included in promoting the exhibition?  

Each exhibition is featured in the Alberta Craft Magazine (image and article), invitations (both printed and digital), and online promotion (our website, Alberta Craft Member E-News, Alberta Craft What’s In E-newsletter, social media channels), press releases, and postings to many online events and arts listings.  

Based on the theme of the exhibition, the team works with the artist to develop the article for the magazine, which then is used as the base for the rest of the promotional plan.  A few high-quality images are required as well for promotional use. An artist portrait is always appreciated too.   

5.    How big is the Discovery Gallery? 

The Discovery Gallery is located on the main level of the Alberta Craft Gallery – Edmonton.  The total square feet 436 and it has 35 feet of wall space.
 
Other notes about the space: 
-    ceiling height is 10’10”
-    the floor is carpeted
-    windows on the North side are frosted and 8’5” high
-    window ledge is 21” wide and 19” high
-    we have both dry-wall and slatted walls
Giselle Peters "Milk & Oil" 2018 - Alberta Craft Discovery Gallery

6.    What display equipment do you have? 

The Alberta Craft Gallery has many different sizes of plinths as well as plexi covers, risers and shelves available.  All work should show up ready to be hung or displayed.  If your artwork requires unique or specific hardware or display equipment, it should be provided. 

7.    Do I have to set up the show myself? 

No, the Alberta Craft Council exhibition team will take the lead on the set-up.  It is best if you supply details and information on how work is best displayed along with special instructions to help guide our trained staff.  

Alberta Craft Discovery Gallery - "The Art of Hide Tanning" Exhibition opening

8.    Do I have to be in attendance for the opening reception?  

It is best if the artist is in attendance for the reception, this does not have to occur on the opening day of the show.  We can organize a different Saturday or possibly an evening event. We can host a reception with light snacks and beverages as well as an artist talk and/or an interactive demonstration. 

9.    Will my exhibition be hosted in the Calgary location?

Our Calgary Gallery hosts a selection of both Alberta Craft Discovery and Feature exhibitions. We strive for a diverse cross-section of exhibitions. Our selection criteria include but is not limited to fine craft media, contemporary to heritage fine craft, emerging to established makers, as well as artist locations to make sure we represent the best in fine craft across Alberta and Canada.

Missed something? We want to make sure you submit the best proposal you can, if we still haven't answered all your question feel free to contact Joanne, Exhibition Lead at joanne@albertacraft.ab.ca | 780-488-6611 ext.234