Art Windsor-Essex respectfully acknowledges that we are located on Anishinaabe Territory – the traditional territory of the Three Fires Confederacy of First Nations, comprised of the Ojibway, the Odawa, and the Potawatomi. Today the Anishinaabe of the Three Fires Confederacy are represented by Bkejwanong. We want to state our respect for the ancestral and ongoing authority of Walpole Island First Nation over its Territory.
William Kurelek: A Prairie Boy’s Summer
July 13, 2002 - September 15, 2002
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.