Lakehead University's Department of Visual Arts commemorated its 23rd anniversary with the Lakehead University Alumni Art Exhibition.
The show was held at Thunder Bay's Definitely Superior Art Gallery this
past fall. David Karasiewicz, Definitely Superior's Director and a Visual Arts alumnus, came up with the idea for the show and approached the Lakehead University Alumni Association as a partner.
The Alumni Association took up the challenge of helping to organize the exhibition and tracking down artists' current addresses. Alison Kendall, a Lakehead U Visual Arts drawing and printmaking instructor, was one of the Alumni committee members and Visual Arts graduates involved in the show. Kendall found that "the real challenge was finding people." Her efforts, however, were rewarded by the chance "to see how graduates' work had evolved and matured." Judy Martin, an accomplished textile artist who has exhibited extensively in Canada, also took part in the show. Now living on Manitoulin Island, she did her degree as a distance education student in Kenora. Martin valued the flexibility this gave her and calls her time at Lakehead, "a wonderful experience that galvanized me to stand up for textile art."
The exhibition was a huge success and the opening reception was jam-packed. Forty-six artists working in a variety of media, including drawing, printmaking, ceramics, sculpture, and painting, were featured in the show. Submissions came from across Canada and even as far away as South Korea. Karasiewicz is now organizing the 25th anniversary show for the fall of 2005. He intends to make it an arts and culture exposition incorporating other Lakehead U departments, such as the Department of Music, and to have more Visual Arts graduates represented in the show. So make plans to attend another exciting event celebrating Lakehead's contributions to arts.
— Tracey Henriksson (HBA'89) is Curator
of the Thunder Bay Art Gallery