MEDIA RELEASE: MacKenzie’s Associate Curator wins Mayor’s Arts and Business Award

MEDIA RELEASE: MacKenzie’s Associate Curator wins Mayor’s Arts and Business Award

April 24, 2013 at 12:00pm

MacKenzie’s Associate Curator wins Mayor’s Arts and Business Award

Michelle LaVallee recognized for Excellence in Arts Related Service

Regina, SK (April 24, 2013) - The MacKenzie Art Gallery’s Associate Curator Michelle LaVallee was the recipient of the award for Excellence in Arts Related Service at the 2013 Mayors’ Arts and Business Awards. A member of the Cape Croker First Nation, LaVallee is committed to honoring, exhibiting and supporting the work of Aboriginal artists and making that work available to the community as a whole. She is one of only a handful of curators of Aboriginal ancestry employed by Canadian public art galleries.

Michelle LaVallee started at the MacKenzie Art Gallery in 2007 as an Assistant Curator, working under the direct supervision of Head Curator Timothy Long. In 2012, she was promoted to the position of Associate Curator, and has since been working alongside Long in guiding the selection and curating of exhibitions and the acquisition of work for the Permanent Collection. “Her role requires her to be a teacher, a historian, a researcher, a writer, an interpreter, a designer and arranger, a creator of finely ordered experiences and an advocate for the art and artists whose work the Gallery presents to the public,” said Jeremy Morgan, Executive Director of the MacKenzie Art Gallery. LaVallee is also pursuing an MA Art History and Curatorial Studies in the Interdisciplinary Studies Department at the University of Regina.

Over the past six years, LaVallee has been developing a ground-breaking exhibition of the work of one of Canada’s most important early artist alliances, the Professional Native Indian Artists Incorporated (PNIAI), comprised of seven Aboriginal artists: Joseph Sanchez, Jackson Beardy, Eddy Cobiness, Carl Ray, Alex Janvier, Daphne Odjig and Norval Morrisseau. Following their unofficial dissolution in the late 1970s, the exhibition that opens in September of this year is the first time that works of this seminal group of contemporary artists have been presented in such a major exhibition and publication.

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