Upcoming Exhibitions


You Are Here series:

From September, 2017 – March, 2018, uLethbridge Art Gallery will present You Are Here, a series of exhibitions, workshops, performances, and presentations designed to invite a diversity of people in Southern Alberta to find new ways to think about the future of their environment. The project includes local and Canadian artists as well as uLethbridge Art Gallery’s first foray into presenting new work by International artists.

Rehearsals in Co-Sufficiency: Plant Tenders (and other future currencies)

Image courtesy of Lisa Hirmer.

September 30 – October 6, 2017
Public Site Engagement Project

Artist: DodoLab
Curator: Josephine Mills

Part of the “You Are Here” series

Join DodoLab in hands-on activities that stage a different kind of preparedness training for disasters. They invite people to propose alternatives to popular narratives around future disaster scenarios which often centre on individual efforts in the face of societal breakdown, where to be “prepared” is to be self-sufficient and not dependant on the networks or infrastructural systems in which we live. Highlighting collective strategies and asking passers-by to think about how we already come together and practice mutual aid, the project will trace the ways in which we are dependent on each other as well as the ways in which we are active and capable agents in the world. Watch for opportunities to participate though uLethbridge Art Gallery’s Twitter feed as DodoLab takes over our social media throughout the You Are Here series.

DodoLab principal Lisa Hirmer is part of a long-term research partnership with uLethbridge Art Gallery. With her extensive connection to the gallery and our audiences, Hirmer will lead DodoLab in a key role to connect the components of the You Are Here series and in particular in continuing the discussion raised by Pien’s projects. DodoLab is based in Guelph, Ontario and works at the intersection of visual art, social practice, performance, and design and is particularly concerned with barriers that prevent adaptation and change within human ecologies.

LandMarks 2017/Repères2017 (You Are Here series)

Artists: uLethbridge Fine Arts Students and Alum
Curator: Jackson 2Bears
October Date TBA

In cooperation with Galt Museum & Archives, uLethbridge Art Department and Faculty of Fine Art.

Jackson 2Bears is the lead artist for the Alberta segment of this nation-wide project to explore the connection to the land in and around Canada’s National Parks and Historic Sites. 2Bears worked with local emerging artists to produce an installation at the Fort Whoop-up interpretative site and Indian Battle Park in Lethbridge in June, 2017 and uLethbridge Art Gallery is partnering with 2Bears to install the projects on campus.

Stories in Formline Design

October 27 – December 22, 2017
Helen Christou Gallery

Curator: David Smith

Selected from the art collection, this exhibition explores some of the stories shared through formline design techniques by First Nations artists of the northwest coast. Featuring Bill Reid, Tony Hunt, Stan Greene and others.

To Dwell in Pitch Black Pearls (You Are Here series)

Image: Karin van Dam, (installation mock-up), 2017.

November 9, 2017 – January 4, 2018
Main Gallery

Reception: Thursday, November 9, 4 – 6 pm, Main Gallery, Centre for Fine Arts

Artist: Karin van Dam
Part of the “You Are Here” series

Commissioned for uLethbridge Art Gallery, Amsterdam artist Karin Van Dam’s intricate and impressive installation responds to the coal deposits – both the visual impact of the abandoned mines, geological maps, and the deep black colour of coal itself.

En Plein Air 2017

December, 2017
Dr. Foster James Penny Building, 324, 5 St South, Lethbridge, AB

Reception: Saturday, December 2, 2017, 3 – 5 pm

Community artists engage with the Coutts Centre property.
Co-sponsored by the U of L Art Gallery, the U of L Faculty of Fine Arts and the U of L Alumni Association.

This community exhibition presents work by artists across Southern Alberta who have sketched or photographed at uLethbridge’s Coutts Centre near Nanton.

You Are Here: Playlist (You Are Here series)

January 5 – February 23, 2018
Helen Christou Gallery

Curator: Leila Armstrong and Maria Madacky

You Are Here series partner with Level 2: Lichen Lab
Part of the art + people = x series

This exhibition continues uLethbridge Art Gallery’s long-running series that connects local artists with our outstanding art collection. Artists and graduate students Maria Madacky and Leila Armstrong invite local artists to participate in drawing events that explore issues related to the environment in Southern Alberta, to view related works in uLethbridge’s art collection, and then submit work for the curated exhibition.

Meryl McMaster: Confluence

Image: Meryl McMaster, Dreamcatcher, 2016.

January 18 – March 15, 2018
Main Gallery

Reception: Thursday, January 18, 4 – 6 pm

Artist: Meryl McMaster
Curator: Heather Anderson
Produced by Carleton University Art Gallery, Ottawa

Meryl McMaster has been garnering praise across Canada for her explorations of identity, representation, storytelling, and the environment through photographic self-portraiture. This touring exhibition features McMaster’s newest body of work and selections from earlier series.

Here and There

March 2 – June 1, 2018
Helen Christou Gallery

Works from the uLethbridge Art Collection curated by Museum Studies Interns

Senior uLethbridge museum studies interns will curate an exhibition from the art collection that responds to the You Are Here series.

Animating the Archive/Stories for the Collection

March 22 – June 1, 2018
Main Gallery

Reception: Thursday, March 22, 2018, 4 – 6 pm
Curator: Jackson 2bears

uLethbridge Faculty of Fine Arts member Jackson 2bears curates Works from the uLethbridge Fine Arts students, alum, and the uLethbridge Art Collection.