The Spirit Wrestler Gallery is pleased to host the fourth annual Northern Exposure exhibition representing the graduating students and instructors of the Freda Diesing School of Northwest Coast Art (Northwest Community College). 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 in Vancouver, 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 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 the artist and the gallery in preparing for a major exhibition.
Most of the students have been from the northern First Nations and the shift to include more southern artists has introduced a significant change to the work being produced. This exhibition features the work of 12 students as well as a few examples by past graduates and instructors.
Each year the gallery exhibition is timed to coincide with the presentation of the YVR Art Foundation Scholarship and the students try to make the trip to Vancouver for both events. The gallery invites you to visit the gallery and meet some of the most promising future Northwest Coast artists and see their most recent work.