Cape Breton University Art Gallery Hosts Canadian Cultural Icons

Alistair MacLeod, Nino Ricci and Iain Baxter to visit CBU in Support of Upcoming Exhibition

Three of Canada’s most prominent cultural figures will be in Cape Breton in support of a special exhibition being presented at the Cape Breton University Art Gallery. Sense of Place is a cross-border print exhibition organized and circulated by the Windsor Printmaker’s Forum. The show brings together works by 36 artists from Canada and Michigan exploring the theme of place through printmaking. Works in the show focus on how our sense of place is linked to our sense of self.

“I’m very excited to have the opportunity to introduce the audience to this exceptional selection of prints, and of course we’re honoured to have such culturally significant guests joining us to celebrate the opening of the exhibition,” says Laura Schneider, Curator, CBU Art Gallery.

Award winning authors Alistair MacLeod and Nino Ricci, and celebrated conceptual artist Iain Baxter wrote essays for the catalogue publication that accompanies the exhibition, and have toured the country in support of the show which has been seen in Thunder Bay, Ont., Whitehorse, Yukon, Toronto, Ont., Sudbury, Ont. and London, Ont. This is the first presentation of the exhibition in Atlantic Canada.

“I hope that this event appeals to everyone, whether you are an avid reader or art enthusiast, or just have a passing interest in Canadian culture, it’s going to be a very interesting evening,” says Schneider. 

The special guests will make a public presentation on Tuesday, March 20 at the Boardmore Theatre from 6 – 8 p.m. which will be followed by an opening reception and book signing in the CBU Art Gallery from 8 – 9:30 p.m. All are welcome to both events, which are free of charge.