Edmonton Art Gallery: June 22-August 25, 2002
Nickle Arts Museum: September 21-November 23, 2002
Eric Cameron & Mary Swain
Craig Le Blanc
Curated by Catherine Crowston and Diana Sherlock and produced by The Edmonton Art Gallery and the Nickle Arts Museum at the University of Calgary.
The Alberta Biennial of Contemporary Art was initiated in 1996 as an ongoing exhibition to celebrate the richness and diversity of contemporary art in Alberta and to foster dialogue between artists and communities across the province. In 2002, The Edmonton Art Gallery continues its commitment to Alberta artists through the presentation of the 4th Alberta Biennial of Contemporary Art, which features works by 23 artists from across the province.
Also presented in Calgary by the Nickle Arts Museum at the University of Calgary from September 21 to November 23, 2002.
Catherine Crowston is Deputy Director / Chief Curator of the Art Gallery of Alberta. From 1994-1997, Crowston was the Director / Curator of the Walter Phillips Gallery at The Banff Centre and prior to that was Assistant Curator at the Art Gallery of York University in Toronto. Crowston currently serves as Vice-Chair of the Edmonton Public Art Committee and has been both an Editor and Chair of the Board of Directors of Fuse Magazine in Toronto. Crowston has curated numerous exhibitions over the course of her career and overseen the production of several national travelling exhibitions. In 2002 Crowston served as the Canadian Commissioner for the Sydney Biennale of Contemporary Art and was awarded the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts Medal for Outstanding Achievement in the Visual Arts.
Calgary independent curator Diana Sherlock has worked as an administrator, curator and educator at various Canadian public visual art institutions including Calgary's New Gallery, Stride Gallery, the Walter Phillips Gallery and the Media and Visual Arts Department at the Banff Centre for the Arts, and the Alberta College of Art & Design. She has produced large group exhibitions including Trace for Calgary's Artwalk Festival 2000.
In 2003, Sherlock was a visiting curator at The Banff Centre's Walter Phillips Gallery for which she produced the group exhibition Super Modern World of Beauty. In 2006 she commissioned new works and produced Artificial-Life.net, an independent web-based project examining conceptual art practices within the realm of generative technology. Her most recent collaborative project investigates ruin and excess and involves the production of new work by five Canadian artists in response to the history of Château Mathieu, a private residence that was built in the French Borough of Caen in Lower Normandy during the French Revolution. Sherlock has published her writing in several artist-run and public gallery catalogues and contemporary art journals including Border Crossings, Canadian Art, FUSE, Blackflash, Ceramics Art & Perception and the Calgary Herald. Sherlock teaches curatorial, display culture and professional practices courses in the Liberal Studies and Fine Arts Departments at Calgary’s Alberta College of Art & Design.
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