RABIA CHOUDHARY | NAOMI EGBUNIKE | SARAH FORMOSA | JULIE LUTH
KIMBERLEY ROGERS | CHERILYNN TILLEY | CHARELLE ST-AUBIN
12 April – 12 May 2022
Visual Arts Gallery and Student Exhibition Space
Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine & Performing Arts, 15 Artists’ Common, St. Catharines
Niagara Artists Centre Gallery
354 St. Paul Street, St. Catharines
Opening Reception (both locations):
April 12 from 5PM to 8PM
Opening remarks at MIWSFPA, 5PM
This graduating exhibition considers issues of identity, where figuration is a prevalent method for exploring memory and its documentation, personal relationships, connections to cultural traditions, and assertions of self-worth. These seven artists adopt diverse approaches to expressing these themes through painting, drawing, photography, and sculpture. Not unexpectedly, the global pandemic has profoundly impacted these students, generating a shared experience that permeates and connects their practices.
Resurfacing marks a crucial moment in the lives of these graduating students. Over the last two years, they’ve often had to make art in relative isolation, staying connected over video and texts as a network of support. This exhibition reveals the profound resilience of a group of artists who have developed their art practices during troubling times. They have emerged with confidence and tenacity that shines in their work.
– Shannon Anderson, Guest Curator and Writer