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Confederation Centre Art Gallery: Summer Exhibitions

June 15, 2012

The Confederation Centre Art Gallery cordially invites the public to a gala opening reception on Saturday, June 16 at 7 p.m. to celebrate the launch of several summer exhibitions and new programming.

The Gallery will feature cutting-edge works by artists from various regions of Canada.

"The seven exhibitions featured at the Gallery this summer reflect an intriguing diversity of approaches to art making and exhibition development," said Kevin Rice, art gallery director. "Ranging from the exploration of portraiture to landscape to site-specific installation art...there is lots for gallery visitors to see and experience."

One of the Gallery's most significant and iconic paintings, Jean Paul Lemieux's Charlottetown Revisited, 1964, will be exhibited prominently this summer, after several years out of the province.

Special guest, Deputy Head, Librarian and Archivist of Canada, Dr. Daniel J. Caron will make brief remarks during the opening celebrations, specifically in reference to the exhibition, Double Take: Portraits of Intriguing Canadians. Several artists and curators will also be in attendance, including, among others, Montreal painter Magalie Comeau (creator of Architactrices and Other Living Spaces-an emerging artist exhibition supported by RBC) and Cornwall historian Joshua MacFadyen (co-curator of Aerial Photography, Landscape Change, & PEI National Park).

Featured exhibitions include:

Crossing the Great Waters/Traverser les grandes eaux Dominique Cruchet and Joan Cullen
June 9-September 10
Curated by Herménégilde Chiasson
The Art Gallery is thrilled to present the pairing of two striking practices -Dominique Cruchet's documentary photography and Joan Cullen's painting-in an exploration of shared multinational experience.

Ruth Cuthand: Back Talk (Works 1983 - 2009)
June 9-October 7
Curated by Jen Budney
A co-production of the Mendel Art Gallery and TRIBE Inc.
A First Nations artist, Cuthand, was one of among 60 Canadian artists recently selected for Oh, Canada! at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (Mass MoCA), the largest ever survey of Canadian contemporary art shown outside of Canada.

Christine Swintak and Don Miller: Artist-Run Bunker
June 16-October 14
Curated by Pan Wendt
The two Ontario-based artists are known for witty and performative building projects. and in Charlottetown their oblique take on museological resulted in a striking 20-foot tall tower from objects gleaned from the Confederation Centre Art Gallery's storage bunker.

Edward Burtynsky: Material Matters
May 12-September 16
Curated by Kevin Rice
Seven imposing chromogenic photographs by Canadian artist Edward Burtynsky were selected to represent facets of the artist's photographic explorations of landscape.

The Confederation Centre Art Gallery welcomes all to enjoy these special exhibitions.

For complete exhibition listings, please click on the 'Art Gallery' tab at


For additional information:

Fraser McCallum
Communications Manager
Confederation Centre of the Arts
902.628.6135 (office)
902.314.5737 (cell)

Photo cutline: Ontario-based artists Christine Swintak and Don Miller installing Artist-Run Bunker at the Confederation Centre Art Gallery. A work in progress, the striking 20-foot tall tower is being created from objects gleaned from the Confederation Centre Art Gallery’s storage bunker. Artist-Run Bunker will be on display June 16-October 14. Photo credit: Sarah Hastelow