Solo Art Exhibit Opening: Kurrents by Quentin Maki

Quentin Maki - Kurrents

20th Nov 2015 - 19th Dec 2015

Regional- Mixed media paintings


Kurrents-  is a solo exhibition of new works by Thunder Bay-based artist Quentin Maki (MFA), comprised of contemporary large-scale mixed media painting works, inspired by the ever-changing country landscape in which the artist spent his childhood and in which he now resides. Maki’s new paintings address formal explored aspects as well as the nature of influences helping to shape his work. His detail-rich paintings using mixed media and collage, have allowed him the opportunity to solidify his experiences through the forms that he has created. Fractured collage elements that Maki retrieved from past charcoal and ink studies, evokes for him a deeper sense of history and significance. The application and physical development of these mixed media paintings, also relate to the physicality of the landscape that inspired them. These compositions are not meant to directly reflect the source of the work, but serve as a tangible outcome of their presence. Maki is currently sessional faculty staff in the Visual Arts Dept. at Lakehead University.

There will be a gala opening reception on Friday, November 20th at Definitely Superior Art Gallery at 7:00 pm.

Visual Arts Student, Mary McPherson, recipient of Governor General's Award

First year Visual Art's student, Mary McPherson, was the recipient of the Junior Arts Award, awarded by the Aboriginal Arts and Stories competition this summer. On June 9, the Aboriginal Arts & Stories team, members of the program’s jury, sponsors and local community members gathered at the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto to celebrate the achievements of the talented 2015 contest winners. Mary McPherson’s powerful award winning drawing, Cross Assimilation, addressed the attempt to assimilate Aboriginal people in Canada through institutions like residential schools.

McPherson was also awarded the 2015 Governor General's History Award (Junior Art Category) for her efforts to further an interest in and understanding of Canadian history and heritage.The awards were presented at a ceremony at Rideau Hall, on Friday, October 16, 2015.

Lakehead University and the Visual Arts Department would like to congratulate Mary McPherson on her outstanding accomplishments.


McPherson's work, Cross Assimilation


Mary McPherson with the Governor General, David Johnston

1000 Miles Apart, ceramics conference 2015

Lakehead University Ceramics students attended the 1000 miles apart ceramics conference hosted by University of Manitoba this past week.

The 1000 Miles Apart Conference was first organized in 1989 by faculty and students from the University of Manitoba and Red Deer College in Alberta, hence the name: 1000 Miles Apart. Today, it includes four institutes in Western Canada, providing an excellent opportunity for artists to network and share ideas.

The conference presents a series of exhibitions, artists’ demonstrations, and presentations.