As part of their training, students in ICSLAC’s Graduate Diploma in Curatorial Studies participate actively in a studio course, designed to develop curatorial skills through a hands-on approach to exhibition practices. Studio focus either on the visual arts or on interdisciplinary approaches to curating practised in natural and cultural history museums, interpretation/discovery centres, and science centres. They culminate in group exhibitions programed by the Carleton University Art Gallery (CUAG) or other partnering institutions.

PAST STUDIO COURSE EXHIBITIONS

Pegi Nicol MacLeod (1904-1949), “School Garden” (c.1934), watercolour on paper, detail. Gift of Jack and Frances Barwick, 1985.

Where We Stand, September 25 to December 28, 2022, Carleton University Art Gallery: An exhibition curated by students of our CURA 5001 studio course (visual arts stream) is currently on display at the Carleton University Art Gallery. Developed under the supervision of Dr. Rachelle Dickenson, Where We Stand “ brings together artworks selected from CUAG’s collection, made by artists from the eighteenth century to the present, to explore various facets of place-making. Student curators Regatu Asefa, Amanda Boyd, Jasmin Anisa Cardillo, Ashley Carmichael, Sam Nicholls, Leah Ross, Emma Sabry, Gureena Saran are warmly congratulated.  CUAG is warmly thanked for its generous collaboration.

Haunted by Sir John A. MacDonald in Sandy Hill: A Virtual Exhibition on A Controversial Figure, in partnership with Prime Ministers’ Row and the Ottawa Museum Network, ongoing. This exhibition aims to critically present Sir John A. Macdonald’s history and legacy through an artifact-based exhibition, rooted in the Sandy Hill neighbourhood in Ottawa.  We are grappling with the figure of Macdonald at a critical time, amid heightened standards of accountability for public figures past and present, and calls for systemic change from anti-colonial and BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour) movements. Many of the systems protested can be traced back to the policies and ideologies present during and created within the lifetime of Macdonald. Read more… Designed and curated in the context of CURA 5002, a material and intangible culture studio course taught by ICSLAC Instructor Dr. Trina Cooper-Bolam. Student curators: Madeleine McDougall, Haley Menard, Sophie Nakashima, Haruka Toyoda, Anna Verhoeven. 

Family Matters, March 8 – May 15, 2021, Carleton University Art Gallery: This exhibition explores the many ways in which artists approach and represent ideas of kinship, community and belonging. Family Matters brings together a compelling range of prints, drawings, photographs and paintings, dating from the mid-1800s to today, selected from CUAG’s collection. These works variously depict tender moments, document public and private spaces, index the everyday and explore familial roles and relationships. Read more… Designed and curated in the context of CURA 5001, a visual arts studio course taught by ICSLAC Professor Stéphane Roy. Students curators: Kendra Anderson, Patricia Berubé, Shaney Kille, Cynthia Morawski, Phoebe Sampey and Rebecca Watson.

On Location: Human Interventions in the Landscape, May 21 – August 25, 2019, Carleton University Art Gallery: Landscape as a genre and as an understanding of nature as separate from humans is a Western construct. The images by Lorraine Gilbert, Stephen Livick and John Pfahl featured in On Location reflect their exploration of specific sites and their engagement with the genre of landscape photography. Read more… Designed and Curated in the context of CURA 5001, a visual arts studio course taught by ICSLAC Professor Stéphane Roy. Students curators: Amira Ashraf, Tera Bruinsma, Maggie Bryan, Amanda Buessecker, Emilie Hill-Smith, Anna Kim, Jessa Laframboise, Katie Lydiatt, Elizabeth Stewart and Ginny Stovel.

Ottawa Museum Network in partnership with the City of Ottawa’s Gallery 112: A unique exhibition and culinary experience inviting museum visitors, local history buffs, and foodies to discover Ottawa’s evolving relationship with food, Morsels of Memory brings food-related stories and artifacts from Watson’s Mill, Goulbourn Museum, and the Diefenbunker together for the first time in a single exhibition. Read more… Designed and curated in the context of CURA 5002, a material and intangible culture studio course taught by ICSLAC Instructor Dr. Trina Cooper-Bolam.

CUAG, Quill Boxes from Mnidoo Mnising

Carleton Curatorial Laboratory (CCL): Quill Boxes from Mnidoo Mnising, May 14 – August 26, 2018, Carleton University Art Gallery: This exhibition presents sixteen quill boxes made by artists from Mnidoo Mnising (Manitoulin Island). Read more… Designed and curated in the context of CURA 5001, a visual arts pro-seminar taught by ICSLAC Professor Stephen Inglis. Students curators: Andrew Braid, Mark Bujaki, Christopher Davidson, Hilary Dow, Maham Farooq, Christine Hodge, Alexia Kokozaki, Annika Mazzarella and Rebecca Semple.