Article → 03 Dec 2018
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Laiwan is an interdisciplinary artist, writer, and educator with a wide-ranging practice based in poetics and philosophy. Born in Zimbabwe of Chinese parents, her family immigrated to Canada in 1977 to leave the war in Rhodesia. Her art training began at the Emily Carr Institute of Art + Design (1983), and she returned to school to receive an MFA from the School for Contemporary Arts, Simon Fraser University (1999). Recipient of numerous awards, including a recent Canada Council InterArts Research and Creation Award (2017) and Vancouver Queer Media Artist Award (2008), Laiwan serves on numerous arts juries, exhibits regularly, curates projects in Canada, the US, and Zimbabwe, is published in anthologies and journals, and is a cultural activist. Laiwan teaches in the MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts Program at Goddard College in Port Townsend, Washington (2001–). Recent projects in public space include A New World is Reversed Audiowork (2018), Other Sights; Mobile Barnacle City (2018), 10 Different Things with ECUAD Living Labs, City Studio, CoV, Artspeak, Goddard College; Barnacle City – The Movie (2017), CoV; Fountain: the source or origin of anything (2014), The Wall, Vancouver Heritage Foundation; and upcoming in 2019, Wander: toward a lightness of being, at the Skytrain Station bus exchange in New Westminster. (2018)
Robert Murray was born in Vancouver in 1936, lived in Saskatoon and studied at the Regina College School of Art before moving to New York in 1960. He now lives in Chester County, Pennsylvania while spending summers on Georgian Bay. He is well known throughout North America for his large, abstract, brightly painted metal sculptures. Murray has created artworks for both urban and rural settings in the US and Canada. His work has been collected by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, Montreal Museum of Art, National Gallery of Canada, among many others, and can be found in places of prominence on twelve different North American university campuses and in sculpture gardens and parks such as the Hirschhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, DC, the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, and Storm King Art Center in New York City. In 2000 he was awarded the Order of Canada and in 2018, the Barnett and Annalee Newman Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award for his contribution to the arts and contemporary sculpture. For more information about Robert Murray and his work, please visit the artist’s website at robertmurraysculpture.com (2018)
Holly Schmidt is a Vancouver-based artist, originally from Red Deer, Alberta, Treaty Six territory and the homeland of the Métis. Over the past ten years, she has developed a research-based practice that engages processes of collaboration and informal pedagogy. Moving across disciplinary boundaries, she explores the relationships between practices of making, knowledge creation and the formation of temporary communities. Her exhibition, public art and residency projects include All the Trees (2018), Vancouver Park Board; Pollen Index (2016), Charles H. Scott Gallery; Till (2014/15), with the Santa Fe Art Institute; Moveable Feast (2012), Burnaby Art Gallery; Grow (2011), Other Sights. Upcoming projects are Lost Lessons (2019) Boca del Lupo; A-Y (2018), as part of Locals Only at AKA Gallery; and Accretion (2018-), 10 Different Things with ECUAD Living Labs, City Studio and CoV. (2018)
As part of Collective Acts, we invite you to visit the newly-launched Intuition Commons, a space that aims to facilitate an archive of female influences in creative practice that lie outside of conventional citations.
Stop by the Belkin to pick up a guide to Musqueam house posts on campus, researched and written by Jordan Wilson.