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Posted on 09 Dec 2016 in

Charlene Vickers at the Vancouver Art Gallery

Congratulations to SCA Visual Arts MFA alumna Charlene Vickers for being included in Vancouver Special: Ambivalent Pleasures, the Vancouver Art Gallery's survey exhibition of contemporary work by Vancouver-based artists (some more 'nomadic' than others).

Curated by the VAG's Daina Augaitis (Chief Curator/Associate Director) and Jesse McKee (Head of Strategy at 221A), with curatorial assistance from Mandy Ginson (who's a SCA MA graduate), Ambivalent Pleasures is the first in a new triennial series being developed by the gallery that aims to be "a sustained engagement with the contemporary artists who make Vancouver a dynamic art community."

Here's what they have to say about Vickers and her work:

"Artist Charlene Vickers’ work investigates memory, territorial embodiment and cultural gesture as connections to her birthplace of Kenora, Ontario. Vickers, who is Anishinaabe from Wauzhushk Onigum First Nation, explores her Ojibwa identity through painting, sculpture, performance and video. In a recent series of watercolour and gouache paintings, Vickers references traditional porcupine quillwork techniques as formal rhythms and patterns, which gain in both subtle detail and increased abstraction with each iteration.

Vickers holds a BA in Critical Studies and an MFA, both from Simon Fraser University, Vancouver. She has participated in exhibitions and performances at Urban Shaman Contemporary Aboriginal Art Gallery, grunt gallery, Artspeak and Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery. Vickers’ work is held in the permanent collection of the Museum of Anthropology at UBC, Vancouver."

Vancouver Special: Ambivalent Pleasures runs from December 3, 2016 to April 17, 2017.

Installation shot from Vancouver Special: Ambivalent Pleasures.

MFA graduating work in progress shot at the SCA's 611 Alexander Studios.

To find out more about Charlene Vickers and her work, please check out her website here.

Posted on 05 Dec 2016 in

Bombing wins at Whistler Film Festival

SCA film student Gloria Mercer was one of this year's winners at the Whistler Film Festival for her short film Bombing. Here's what the fest had to say about her win:

"The $500 ShortWork Student Award went to BOMBING, directed by Gloria Mercer. 'For the sophistication of the filmmaking and for pulling exceptionally strong performances from the cast, the jury awards the BC Student Shortwork Award to BOMBING, directed by Gloria Mercer. Gloria, you’ve got good instincts, follow them, they’ll take you far.'"

Another SCA alumna, Kirsten Carthew, showed her film The Sun At Midnight, which was filmed in the Northwest Territories, including near the Arctic Circle on Gwich’in traditional lands.