Power Line, installation view from Borderline: 2020 Biennial of Contemporary Art, Art Gallery of Alberta, 2020, by Sean Caulfield, the final speaker in NIC’s online 2021 Artist Talk series. Photo courtesy of the Art Gallery of Alberta.

Power Line, installation view from Borderline: 2020 Biennial of Contemporary Art, Art Gallery of Alberta, 2020, by Sean Caulfield, the final speaker in NIC’s online 2021 Artist Talk series. Photo courtesy of the Art Gallery of Alberta.

Renowned artist closes North Island College Artist Talk series

North Island College’s virtual 2021 Artist Talk series wraps up Wednesday, March 17 with award-winning artist and academic Sean Caulfield.

Caulfield, a centennial professor in the University of Alberta’s Department of Art and Design, has exhibited prints, drawings installations and artist’s books extensively throughout Canada, the U.S., Europe and Japan.

His work has also featured in prominent public and private collections, including Houghton Library at Harvard University, the Fitzwilliam Museum at the University of Cambridge and the Blanton Museum of Art at the University of Texas.

In 2017, Caulfield was elected to the Arts Division of the Academy of the Arts and Humanities of the Royal Society of Canada.

“I can think of no better guest to close out our Winter 2021 series than professor Caulfield,” said Sara Vipond, NIC School of Fine Art + Design department chair. “His voice is deservedly respected in the art world in Canada and beyond, and we’re thrilled he will be joining us.”

The series moved from an in-person event to a virtual format in January, partly in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. But shifting the event online also allowed people from outside the Comox Valley a chance to attend, thanks to the increased flexibility in dates and times. Vipond said attendance reached new heights, with viewers from Montreal, Toronto, Winnipeg, Vancouver, Victoria and as far away as Nepal tuning in to hear artists share insights in their professional art practices.

The new format also widened the doors to more artists to participate in the series. The response has been so positive, the fall series will also be offered online.

“We’re really pleased to see how diverse the reach of this series has been and we’re looking forward to growing our audience when the Artist Talk series returns later this year,” Vipond said.

Until then, it’s not too late to reserve your free online ticket to see Caulfield speak on March 17 at 1 p.m. via Zoom.

FMI: nicart.tickit.ca.

Previous speakers for the winter series were Jim Holyoak, Sonny Assu, Justin Love, Kristin Nelson, Sandra Meigs and Scott Amos.

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