Alejandro Arauz, Simon Asmus, Lisa Baker-Figge, Mikki Barnett, Matthew Bell, Amanda Boyd, Cleah Bunting, William Carroll, Lucy Chandler, Sarah Chasity-Johnson, Soyeon Cho, Francisco Corbett, Rebecca Cowan, Alex Creighton, Nicole Daniels, Tracy Davidson, Ann Decker, Jane Derby, Grace Katie Dixon, Livi Douglas, Rhonda Evans, Erin Finley, Navjit Gaurav, Kate Gibson Oswald, Elyse Hermack, Elizabeth Hesp, Brian Hoad, Darby Huk, Greg Ivens, Deena Jacobs, Jean Jamieson-Hanes, Emily Joyce, Herman Kaur, Ian Kennedy, Caroline Kwok, Ryan Laidman, Michèle LaRose, Posy Legge, Patti Leishman, Neven Lochhead, Kayla MacLean, Carina Magazzeni, Don Maynard, Carleigh Milburn, Saskia Muchalov, deneige nadeau, Elijah Nadler, ck nosun, Jobelle Quijano, Fraser Radford, Bree Rappaport, Joan Scaglione, Leigha Stiles, Aïda Šulcs, Barbara Swedlove, Madison Tyrell, Jan van de Pol, Morgan Wedderspoon, devin west, John Wright
March 2 – 12, 2021
Curated by Will Boyle and Sinead O'Hara
When we are awarded with new online spaces, what is to be said about the physical? How can art bridge connections between us while we are distanced? And, in what ways does the local shift, grow and change when our public goes virtual? With these admittedly complex questions in mind, the exhibition before you takes on a simple task; to propose hope in a world of the unknown. In an unexpected linkage of over 60 artwork donations by student, professional, local, and international artists, Cézanne’s Closet 2021 is the 27th rendition of the Union Gallery’s largest annual fundraiser. This exhibition offers a moment of artistic diversity, designating a new value to our previous notions of community, permitting a certain clarity in our world.
Through the talent and generosity of the artists, this exhibition includes works ranging from natural landscapes and wildlife, to the abstract, created with paint, print, collage, sculpture, and an eclectic range of mediums. We stand for “art for art’s sake,” and we present a roster of unique artists whose individual efforts have created a chance for collectivity and communal support. This year’s Cézanne’s Closet aims to highlight how art endures through the toughest of times, and contributes to supporting and expanding communities.
We would like to thank all those who have contributed to this project, for their efforts have made this event possible, and without them Cézanne’s Closet is but a dream—we are forever grateful to you. Our biggest thanks goes to the artists, and to everyone who purchased tickets for the virtual event in support of the Union Gallery. We are eternally grateful for your support, especially during these times. Thank you to our committee members for their tireless work and dedication, and to Jennifer Chew for her design contributions; thank you to the gallery staff and board for all of their incredible work; and finally, thank you to the countless students, faculty and volunteers who make Union Gallery a space for art and community to thrive.
Fundraising Committee: Amanda Boyd, Ziwei Pan, Jennifer Stewart, with design support from Jennifer Chew
Co-Chairs: Will Boyle and Sinead O’Hara
Exhibition Support: Cory Benn, GHY Cheung, Nicole Daniels, Jung-Ah Kim, Carina Magazzeni, deneige nadeau, Fatou Tounkara, Roy Zheng
Will Boyle is a curator, a grad student in the Screen Cultures and Curatorial Studies program at Queen's University. His research deals with challenging certain nationalistic sentiments in Dutch and Canadian museum practices and art histories.
Sinead O'Hara is pursuing her MA in Global Development Studies at Queen's University with a focus on peace-building, specifically on navigating the mental trauma from gender-based violence.
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