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Downtown/s – Urban Renewals Today for Tomorrow, The 2017 Windsor-Essex Triennial of Contemporary Art

October 21, 2017 - January 28, 2018

AWE Gallery

Participating artists: Shane Darwent (Ypsilanti), Susan Dobson (Guelph), Chris Edwards (Windsor), Soheila Esfahani (Waterloo), (F)NOR (Hamilton), Jessica Frelinghuysen (Detroit), Hamilton Perambulatory Unit (Hamilton), Meaghan Hyckie (Waterloo), In/Terminus Creative Research Collective (Windsor), Carey Jernigan (Wellesley) and Julia Campbell-Such, Andrea Kastner (Hamilton), Vince Allen Kogut (Windsor), Greg Ludlow (London), Cyndra MacDowall & Joshua Babcock (Windsor), Luke Maddaford (Windsor), Laura Marotta (Hamilton), Tegan Moore (London), Taien Ng-Chan (Hamilton), Nadja Pelkey and Joey Stewart (Windsor), Kathryn Ricketts (Regina) and Terry Sefton (Windsor), Jessica Thompson (Waterloo), David Trautrimas (Hamilton), Julie Rae Tucker and Margaret Tucker (Windsor)

Downtown/s – Urban Renewals Today for Tomorrow, The 2017 Windsor-Essex Triennial of Contemporary Art brings together examples of contemporary art made by 22 artists living and working in Southwestern Ontario, Windsor-Essex and the Greater Detroit region surrounding the theme of downtown – downtown destruction and downtown renewal. Since the Great Recession, and the major economic downturn that started in 2008 as well as Detroit’s bankruptcy in 2013, Windsor has seen a significant amount of change and transformation in the last decade. Like many other urban centers across North America, this city has continued to experience a variety of shifts in economic, agricultural, social and cultural growth. To reflect the expanding footprint of Windsor’s new downtown core, artists are engaging with and presenting work in additional venues, including the University of Windsor’sSchool of Creative Arts, the Windsor Symphony Orchestra, Capitol Theatre, Windsor Sculpture Park – City of Windsor and Artcite Inc. In its entirety, this year’s Triennial is a call to action – an invitation to the public to experience anew the City of Windsor, albeit from its alleyways to its picturesque waterfront.

Join us for a series of Triennial artist talks:
Free with gallery admission

October 19, 1:00pm: Cyndra MacDowall & Joshua Babcock
October 19, 2:00pm: Vince Allen Kogut
October 21, 12:00pm: Meaghan Hyckie
October 21, 1:00pm: Taien Ng-Chan
October 21, 2:00pm: Carey Jernigan

November 18, 1:00pm: Shane Darwent
November 18, 2:00pm: Jessica Thompson
November 18. 3:00pm: Terry Sefton & Kathyrn Ricketts 
November 30, 6:00pm: Laura Marotta
November 30, 7:00pm: Nadja Pelkey & Joey Stewart 

January 27, 1:00pm: Susan Dobson
January 27, 2:00pm: Greg Ludlow

Curated by Jaclyn Meloche, PhD, Curator of Contemporary Art, Art Gallery of Windsor
Guest Juror: Kirsty Robertson, PhD, Associate Professor, Western University, Canada

The AGW would like to acknowledge the City of Windsor and funding support from the Ontario Arts Council, an agency of the Government of Ontario, the Ontario Trillium Foundation and the Canada Council for the Arts and Co-sponsor, Windsor Family Credit Union. 

Read Jessica Cappuccitti’s review in Canadian Art: The Art of Urban Renewal in Windsor-Detroit

Read Mary Caton’s review: Downtown destruction and renewal featured at the Art Gallery of Windsor

Watch The Windsor Star’s interview with Curator of Contemporary Art, Dr. Jaclyn Meloche.

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