Portage College students from the Native Arts and Culture program were successfully juried into the “Carrying On” Indigenous Art exhibition at the Alberta Craft Council Discovery Gallery last year from June 18th to July 23rd, 2016.
The show was also part of The Works Art and Design Festival in Edmonton, which is presented by The Works International Visual Arts Society and showcases the best in contemporary new media, digital art, and design alongside traditional visual art mediums. This successful exhibition was then selected by the Canadian Crafts Federation to be one of three shows at their national conference in Calgary at the Alberta College of Art and Design (ACAD).
The “Carrying On” exhibition features bags, pouches, and other containers, and includes the work of eight professional and emerging Indigenous artists. Now graduates, Amber Weasel Head, Jamie John-Kehewin, and Morgwn Martin – who were students at the time of exhibition – as well as Portage College graduate Melissa-Jo Belcourt Moses were four of eight artists represented in this important exhibition which focuses on cultural awareness and reconciliation, and, in the words of the Alberta Craft Council, “builds on a rich cultural heritage, expressing a new blending of traditional and contemporary cultural energy.”
Read more about the exhibition here.