Thunder Bay Art Gallery


Open all year, this Gallery is the only public Gallery between Sault St Marie and Winnipeg, with a focus on the contemporary art of Indigenous and Northwestern Ontario artists including national travelling shows.

Winter Exhibitions 2019:

21 PILLOWS: Cheryl Wilson-Smith
December 13, 2018 – March 3, 2019
Opening Reception: Thurs. December 13, 2018, 7:30 pm

21 PILLOWS is an interactive installation featuring 21 pillows placed on the gallery floor. Cheryl invites visitors to enter the dimly lit gallery, reminiscent of dusk, and pick a glass rock – one from thousands all designed and kiln-fired by the artist – to place on the pillows. This collective shaping of the environment allows us to consider the passage of time and the vulnerability of both humanity and the natural world.

Lessons: The Artistry of Learning
December 13, 2018 – March 3, 2019
Opening reception: Thursday, January 17, 2019 at 7:30 pm

Lessons: The Artistry of Learning features work by artists dedicated to the accumulation and sharing of knowledge. While it might be tempting to think that an artist produces work alone in one’s studio, creativity in fact rarely takes place in isolation. Much thought, experimentation, and dialogue can inform art production. Thinking through, trying out and testing different techniques, for example, may come about through a wide array of interactions, ranging from engagement or studying with mentors, friends, partners, instructors, elders, knowledge keepers, communities, collectives, and the like.

From the Permanent Collection: Carl Beam’s Exorcism
Dates: December 13, 2018 – March 3, 2019

Thirty-five years ago, internationally acclaimed artist Carl Beam (1943–2005) from M’Chigeeng First Nation completed his monumental art installation Exorcism. This work was Thunder Bay Art Gallery’s first commissioned work; measuring 7 ft by 20 ft, it remains to this day the most massive and materially complex piece in the permanent collection.

Other works in the exhibition are on loan from the National Gallery of Canada, Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs, and the Canadian Museum of History. Specifically, view Becky Rynor’s story, From the Heart: An Interview with Christi Belcourt, to discover more about Water Song, 2012, an exceptional work on loan for the exhibition from the National Gallery of Canada.
Co-produced by Thunder Bay Art Gallery and Carleton University Art Gallery (Ottawa), the exhibition will tour nationally to galleries in Ottawa, Joliette, Regina, and Winnipeg.


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