New addition to the editions: Jordan Bennett

We are thrilled to announce Jordan Bennett as the 7th participating artist for the NSCAD Lithography Workshop: Contemporary Editions project. From Stephenville Crossing, Ktaqamkuk (Newfoundland), Bennett will be working over the summer on his lithograph which is a continuation of the work in his recent solo exhibition JORDAN BENNETT: KETU’ELMITA’JIK curated by David Diviney, at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia (December 1, 2018 – March 31, 2019).

Ktaqmkuk (Newfoundland) artist Jordan Bennett has participated in over 75 solo and group exhibitions nationally and internationally. He has shown his work in venues such as the National Museum of the American Indian, New York; Museum of Contemporary Native Arts, Santa Fe; Winnipeg Art Gallery; The Power Plant, Toronto; Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal; and was one of two artists to represent Newfoundland and Labrador in the 2015 Venice Biennale at Galleria Ca’Rezzonico. In 2018, Bennett was shortlisted for the Sobey Art Award, Canada’s preeminent prize for contemporary art.

Shuvinai Ashoona: April 17–30

We were chuffed to be able to host Shuvinai Ashoona from Cape Dorset, Nunavut in collaboration with the famed Kinngait Studios as our 6th visiting artist. Accompanied by printer Niveaksie Quvianaqtuliaq, Shuvinai and Niv worked in the NSCAD printmaking studios with Jill Graham over two weeks to create a litho inspired by her first trip to Nova Scotia.

Shuvinai Ashoona is best known for her highly personal and imaginative drawings, with imagery ranging from monstrous and fantastical visions to closely observed naturalistic scenes of her Inuit culture and home community at Kinngait (also known as Cape Dorset), Nunavut

NSCAD Litho workshop is back…

NSCAD University’s Anna Leonowens Gallery has been awarded a prestigious New Chapter Grant from the Canada Council of the Arts to re-establish and extend the legacy of the NSCAD Lithography workshop.

Andy Fillmore, the Member of Parliament for Halifax, made the announcement at the Starfish Student Art Award on Thursday, April 20.

With $285,000 in funding, the gallery will welcome eight high-profile and diverse Canadian artists to NSCAD to work with Tamarind-certified Master Printer Jill Graham as part of “NSCAD Lithography Workshop: Contemporary Editions.” As part of the production of this limited edition-portfolio, the gallery along with the NSCAD Printmaking Department will partake in a cultural exchange in Cape Dorset at Kinngait Studios.

This is one of the 200 exceptional projects funded through the Canada Council for the Arts’ New Chapter initiative. With this $35M initiative, the Council supports the creation and sharing of the arts in communities across Canada.”

The NSCAD Lithography Workshop was a contemporary printmaking venture for visiting artists at NSCAD from 1969 through to 1980. Some of the artists who participated during those years included Dan Graham, John Baldessari, Michael Snow, Joyce Wieland, Guido Molinari, Vito Acconci, Sol LeWitt, Emmett Williams, David Askevold, Claus Oldenburg, Carol Conde, and Eric Fischl among others.

The workshop flourished under the direction of first Jack Lemon and then Gerald Ferguson and with master printers Robert Rogers and Wallace Brannen.

All of the hand-pulled editions created were executed in average runs of 50 print impressions each and placed for sale on the market as per terms established with the artists. NSCAD currently holds this specialized collection of prints as a subset of the Permanent Collection.