Exhibit Guest Curator : Darrell Markewitz of the Wareham Forge
This is the third in a series of exhibits of contemporary works with historical themes mounted for the Woodstock Museum :
Reflections of the Conquest (2002) & Out of the Fiery Furnace (2005)
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466 Dundas St - Woodstock ON - N4S 1C4
WHAT - Grave Goods is an exhibit of the work of contemporary artisans, And is open to objects created in all media types. Each artist may submit up to three individual objects.
WHERE - To take place at the Woodstock Museum, within the second floor Grand Hall.
WHEN - Fall of 2008 (September 5 - November 1)
- 'Meet the Artist' Opening will be Friday, September 5 (for Sponsors and Patrons)
- 'Masque Gala' will be Saturday, November 1 (a special evening for All!)
WHO - The Exhibit is open to all Ontario Artisans. Those artists who submitted in past exhibits (Reflections of the Conquest / Out of the Fiery Furnace) are also specially invited to participate.
WHY - To invoke the creative spirit within artists and address the important theme of burial customs. and to engage the public through these works.
GOAL - To profile a minimum of 75 artisans, with over 150 objects on display
- A secondary goal is to inform those involved in Funeral Homes and related services in the types of objects available from the hands of Ontario Artisans.
Grave Goods will be open to objects that:
1) Are original art works (including limited edition prints by the artist)
2) Are created by the contributing artisan.
3) Are recent works - finished after January 1, 2007.
4) Objects must remain in place, and be active, for the entire progress of the exhibit (ie - no 'performance art').
5) Must be of a scale and type that allows for display at this specific interior gallery space. Any required mounts must be supplied with the work.
The exhibit will be installed on the second floor Grand Ballroom at the Woodstock
Museum. The Grand Ballroom has been restored, and is a large open space with
high ceiling and large windows creating good natural daylight. Access to the
space is via a small passenger elevator, or by hand carry up the stairs. The
historic nature of the hall creates some special problems in displaying work,
especially pieces which must be wall hung. For more details on the presentation
space - go HERE
A special 'Emerging Artist' program is under consideration. The hope is to work with local high school teachers to encourage students to directly participate in developing work that fits the theme of this exhibit, with the best work to be accepted and mounted alongside the other contributing artisans.
For further details on formats and application - go to SUBMISSION
The Jury :
Darrell Markewitz - Darrell has worked on a number of major museum exhibits, including the design and construction of 'the Norse Encampment' for Parks Canada and 'the World of the Norse' for the Cranbrook Institute of Science. He has worked with the Woodstock Museum on a number of installations and exhibits over the last 10 years, including 'Full Circle, First Contact'. This will be the third gallery style exhibit he has guest curated for the Woodstock Museum. As an artisan, he has been working with forged metals since the late 1970's.
Karen Houston - Karen grew up on a farm in Grey County, Ontario with a love of hiking the Bruce Trail and local history. She graduated with a BA in History from the University of Waterloo and later went on to get a certificate in Museum Management. She has worked at a number of living history sites and museums and for the last four years has been the Curator at the Woodstock Museum National Historic Site. Karen sat on the jury for Out of the Fiery Furnace and her historical knowledge will aid her is jurying the exhibit.
Kerrie Gill - Kerrie is an Ingersoll Ontario native who attended
the Art and Art History joint program of the University of Toronto and Sheridan
An Droichead / the Bridge - Formed in 1996, the Bridge is a group of contemporary artisans specifically interested in, and inspired by, ancient Celtic art. Individual members may participate in the jury process : Catherine Crowe (enamels), Brenda Roy (silversmith), Laura Travis (stone carvings) & Brigitte Wolf (stained glass). "Serious researchers and practitioners, they are practiced lecturers in museum, academic and cultural settings, experienced teachers and demonstrators, consultants for historic re-creations, film and television, and exhibiting artists." An Droichead was guest host for an earlier exhibit at the Woodstock Museum (Reflections of the Conquest).
(New Jury Members will be detailed as they are recruited)
Exhibit Preview - On Friday September 5, there will be a special evening preview event, which contributing artists are encouraged to attend. This invitational reception will be open to exhibit sponsors, museum members, media and selected guests. The intent is to also invite representative funeral industry professionals to view the exhibit and meet the artists.
Gala Closing - In a break with the normal sequence, there will be a special
gala evening at the close of the exhibit. Plans are to stage this social event
for the artists and their friends as a Masque - in keeping with Halloween! More
details to come as this night's entertainment is organized.
All Text © Darrell Markewitz (unless otherwise attributed) Selected images taken from the linked web sites.