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Elizabeth Zvonar: Art Alley

November 30, 2023 - December 31, 2024

Art Alley


Mounted to the façade of Pelissier Street Parking Garage and visible from Ouellette Avenue is a reproduction of an artwork by Vancouver-based artist Elizabeth Zvonar. Old Happy shows the turn-of-the-century car that won the Great Automobile Race of 1895 between Bordeaux and Paris. Zvonar is known for her large-scale works in collage, which she meticulously builds and then prints as large-scale, seamless images. Old Happy, presented on a parking garage near the river separating two automotive manufacturing centres, is a tongue-in-cheek nod to our cities’ origins during a transformative shift in the sector.

The installation was made possible by the City of Windsor and the DWBIA. AWE thanks them for their support and vision.

About the artist: Elizabeth Zvonar

Elizabeth Zvonar graduated from Emily Carr University, Vancouver (2022), after having studied at Capilano University, North Vancouver; Aichi Gakusen University, Toyota City, Japan (1994); and Hokkaido University of Art & Design, Sapporo, Japan (1996). Solo exhibitions include SFU Audain Gallery, Vancouver (2022); Polygon Gallery, North Vancouver (2020); Daniel Faria Gallery, Toronto (2018); Burrard Arts Foundation, Vancouver (2017); and Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver (2009). Her work has been exhibited at institutions such as: Southern Alberta Art Gallery, Lethbridge (2022); Vancouver Art Gallery (2021; 2019); Musée d’Art de Joliette (2020); Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, Vancouver (2018); and the Aga Khan Museum, Toronto (2017). Zvonar has participated in residencies at Malaspina Printmakers and the Banff Centre, and was the City of Vancouver Artist in Residence from 2012-2015. She has received numerous awards including the Jack and Doris Shadbolt Foundation’s VIVA Award, and was a finalist for the AIMIA | AGO Photography Prize in 2016. Her work is included in the 2023 Phaidon publication Vitamin C+ Collage in Contemporary Art. She lives and works in Vancouver.

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