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William Kurelek: A Prairie Boy’s Summer

July 13, 2002 - September 15, 2002

AWE Gallery

In honor of the 25th anniversary of William Kurelek’s death, the AGW is pleased to exhibit the text and illustrations for A Prairie Boy’s Summer, an autobiographical children’s book by the Alberta-born artist. An award-winning writer and illustrator of children’s books, Kurelek (1927-77) was also an unsparing critic of Canadian society – a fact demonstrated by his large body of religious works. Yet A Prarie Boy’s Summer shows Kirelek at his most nostalgic, remembering through words and pictures what it was like to grow up as the son of Ukrainian parents on a Depression-era farm in Manitoba. This exhibition is installed in the AGW’s youth-oriented Explorations Gallery with resources that will animate its themes for childrens and adults alike.

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