The Spirit Wrestler Gallery is pleased to host the 11th annual Northern Exposure exhibition representing the graduating students and instructors of the Freda Diesing School of Northwest Coast Aft at the Northwest Community College in Terrace, British Columbia.
This exhibition celebrates the 10th anniversary of the first graduation class and to celebrate this milestone we extended an invitation to past graduates to submit pieces to this exhibition. The master level instruction has attracted students from most of the Northwest Coast 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 Maori colleges in New Zealand, The Emily Carr University of Art and Design, the YVR Art Foundation scholarship program (Vancouver International Airport), partnerships with various museums and cultural centres throughout British Columbia and a guest lecture series including curators and prominent Northwest Coast artists.
Early in their development of the curriculum, the Spirit Wrestler Gallery was approached about hosting a graduating exhibition that would offer students the opportunity to learn about the responsibilities of both galleries and artists in preparing for a major exhibition. Each year the gallery exhibition is timed to coincide with the presentation of the YVR Foundation scholarships and the students try to make the trip to Vancouver for both events. The opening of this exhibition is a highlight of the year for the with the room full of students, artists, family, curators and clients who gather to support the next generation of Northwest Coast artists.
The highlights from this year include:
2017 YVR Foundation Scholarship awarded to 2nd year graduate Jamie Nole and Alumni from 2016 graduating class Veronica Rose Whaechter
Mature student award (Bruce Byfield) awarded to Trena Marion and Joe Campbell.
President Award presented to Jamie Nole with Amanda Hugon as runner up.
We are pleased to invite you to attend the celebration on Saturday June 27th. Pieces in the exhibition are available for sale as of 10:00 am and a reception with artists and family at 1:00 pm.