The Spirit Wrestler Gallery is pleased to host the 8th annual Northern Exposure exhibition representing the graduating students and instructors of the Freda Diesing School of Northwest Coast Art (Northwest Community College, Terrace, BC). The opportunity to have master-level instruction has attracted students from many of the Northwest Coast First Nations and each student is encouraged to explore their own tribal style, as well as finding their personal artistic voice.
The school continues to widen its mandate and now has a network that includes Māori colleges in New Zealand, the Emily Carr University of Art and Design in Vancouver, The YVR Art Foundation scholarship program (Vancouver International Airport), and partnerships with various museums and cultural centres throughout British Columbia which includes a guest-lecture series that features curators and prominent Northwest Coast artists.
Early in the development of their curriculum, the Spirit Wrestler Gallery was approached about hosting a graduating exhibition that would offer the students the opportunity to learn about the responsibilities of both galleries and artists in preparing for a major exhibition. For the past eight years, the gallery exhibition has showcased the graduates and is timed to coincide with the presentation of the YVR Art Foundation Scholarship, with the students trying to make the trip to Vancouver for both events. The opening of this exhibition is a highlight in their year with the gallery full of students, artists, family, curators and clients, who all gather to support the next generation of Northwest Coast artists.
Photo courtesy Rob Connely / Northwest Community College