Michael Snow - 2015 | College of Arts

Michael Snow - 2015

University of Guelph,College of Arts
and the School of Fine Art and Music present the

9th annual Dasha Shenkman Lecture in Contemporary Art

poster for michael snow event


Wednesday March 23, 2015, 6:00pm

War Memorial Hall, University of Guelph
Guelph, Ontario

Admission Free - Everyone Welcome!  
Free parking in P23/24 and P19 after 5:00 pm

Since the fifties, Michael Snow has worked with objects, images and sound separately and together. In this year's Shenkman Lecture, he will explore the identities of image and sound with examples from his manifold practice which includes drawing, collage, painting, sculpture, photographic works, lithography, holographic works, installation, film, video,bookworks, LP jackets, multiples, music improvisation, music composition, records, cassettes, CDs, performances, tours, broadcasts, soundtracks and sound installations.

Michael Snow is a national cultural treasure. No other living Canadian artist has made as profound a contribution to international visual culture and Canadian artistic identity. The University of Guelph is pleased to host a rare speaking appearance by this great artist.

Snow was born in Toronto in 1928 and, notwithstanding extensive and on-going international travel, has made Toronto his primary residence for most of his life. Alongside names like Jack Bush, Marshall McLuhan and General Idea, Michael Snow has put Toronto and Canada on the map of world culture in a way that few others can claim.

Snow is a cultural polymath: his internationally recognized proficiencies include music, film, painting, sculpture and public art. Remarkably, he has made pioneering contributions in all  these fields. His work is in the collections of the National Gallery of Canada, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Anthology Film Archives, New York, the Centre Georges, Paris, and the Royal Belgian Film Archives in Brussels, to name just a few. Retrospectives of his work have been held at the world’s foremost museums in Tokyo, Paris, Lyon, Montreal, Vancouver, Toronto, Brussels, Geneva and Philadelphia. He has been the subject of solo and group exhibitions in Amsterdam, Atlanta, Berlin, Bonn, Boston, Brussels,Kassel, Lima, Los Angeles, Lucerne, Lyons, Minneapolis,Montreux, Munich, New York, Ottawa, Paris, Pittsburgh, Quebec City, Rotterdam, San Francisco, and Toronto.

Michael Snow is a Companion of the Order of Canada, a Chevalier d’ordre des Arts et des Lettres de France and holds an Honorary Doctorate from the Sorbonne, alongside honorary degrees from Emily Carr University, the University of Toronto, the University of Victoria, Brock University and the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design.

Michael Snow’s output as an artist has consistently and persistently demanded that his audience be acutely aware of its perceptions. His appearance as the 9th Dasha Shenkman Lecturer will surely demand similar attention from his audience while offering an opportunity to hear a resident legend speak of his work. The lecture is open to the public and will be followed by a question and answer period moderated by Robert Enright, University of Guelph Research Chair in Art Criticism.

The annual Dasha Shenkman Lecture was established in 2007 and is made possible through the support of Dasha Shenkman, OBE, a Canadian art collector and philanthropist who lives in the United Kingdom.

For more information contact:
Sandra Sabatini Ph.D.
Dean's Office, College of Arts
University of Guelph

Link to youtube video

MFA Open Studio 2015

Please also plan to join us for the MFA Open Studios before and after the lecture:

3:00-5:00 p.m. and 7:30-9:00 p.m.
Blackwood Hall, Firehall, Alexander Hall, University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario

The MFA students in the School of Fine Art and Music at the University of Guelph are pleased to welcome the public to their annual Open Studios, offering a rare inside look at the development of new work within the hothouse environment of an art program and a chance to chat with artists about their work in progress.

Open Studios 2015 features work by graduate candidates:Steven Beckly, Simon M. Benedict, Patrick Cruz, Brandan Doty, Erika Dueck, Paul MacIntyre, John Haney, Maegan Harbridge, MinWoo Lee, Maegan Mehler, Janine Miedzik, Jasmine Reimer, Ambera Wellmann

Click here to view the 2015 MFA Open Studios brochure.

We will also showcase work by our fourth year Specialized Studio undergraduates:

Chelsea Brant, Tory Berends, Emma Carney, Maya Ben David, Jess Eisner, Dylan Evans, Angela Ferguson, Allison Henry, Katie Holmes, Megan Keogh, Rachel Laurzon, Tessa McDougall, Melina Panara, Katie Schultz, Allannah Vokes, in addition to The University of Guelph Senior Drawing Class.

The University of Guelph offers a two year Master of Fine Arts Degree that combines intensive studio concentration with seminars in theory and pedagogy. Exceptionally committed graduate faculty and limited student enrolment result in a community that is intensely involved in contemporary art and its discourse. A consistently excellent program of visiting artists, critics and curators extends this community.

Alumni from Guelph's MFA program include Derek Sullivan, Kristan Horton, Katie Bethune-Leaman, Martin Golland, Melanie Authier, Zin Taylor and David Urban.

  • A free bus will leave Mercer Union (1286 Bloor Street West) in Toronto at 2:00 p.m. and leave Guelph to return to Toronto at 8:30 p.m.  Email openstudiosmfa@gmail.com to reserve a spot.
  • A free shuttle service between Open Studio buildings is available between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. and again between 7:30 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.  Volunteers will provide directions and guided tours.

Press contact:
Sandra Sabatini, sabatini@uoguelph.ca 519-824-4120 x53869
Jasmine Reimer, Graduate Open Studios Student Coordinator, openstudiosmfa@gmail.com
Sandra Rechico, Faculty Coordinator, srechico@uoguelph.ca   519-824-4120 x52324