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Confederation Centre of the Arts announces shortlist for 2014 public art commission

October 31, 2012

(Charlottetown) - The Confederation Centre Art Gallery is pleased to announce that artists Douglas Coupland (Vancouver); Michel de Broin (Montreal); Myfanwy MacLeod (Vancouver); Rebecca Belmore and Osvaldo Yero (Winnipeg); and Althea Thauberger (Vancouver) have been shortlisted for Confederation Centre of the Arts' 50th anniversary public art commission, planned for completion by summer 2014. Confederation Centre, found in Charlottetown, P.E.I. is Canada's National Memorial to the Fathers of Confederation.
Douglas Coupland's first novel, Generation X: Tales for an Accelerated Culture, was released in 1991 and his 2002 book, Souvenir of Canada was the basis for a feature film released theatrically in 2006. Increasingly focused on visual art and design, Coupland's recent public art projects include: The Canadian Fallen Firefighters Memorial, 2012 (Ottawa); Monument to the War of 1812, 2008 (Toronto) and Digital Orca, 2010 (Vancouver).
Michel de Broin lives and works in Montréal. He has garnered an international reputation for his large-scale public art projects such as Majestic, 2011 (The Third of May Arts Inc., New Orleans) and La maîtresse de la Tour Eiffel, 2009 (Nuit Blanche, Paris). In 2007 he was the recipient of the Sobey Art Award. De Broin is currently preparing for a major exhibition of his work at the Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal.
Myfanwy MacLeod has a particular interest in how to bring meaning to sites involving community engagement-a primary concern in her large scale sculptures, The Birds, which have inhabited the Olympic Plaza in False Creek, Vancouver since 2010. Over the last 15 years MacLeod has exhibited throughout Canada, the United States and Europe, with recent exhibitions at the National Gallery of Canada and Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art.
Rebecca Belmore and Osvaldo Yero are collaborating on a proposal. Cuban-born Yero immigrated to Canada in 1997 after completing a residency in Banff, Alberta. He has been exhibiting internationally since 1994. Belmore is internationally recognized for her multi-disciplinary performance and installation art addressing history, place and identity. She was Canada's official representative at the 2005 Venice Biennale exhibition.
Althea Thauberger was shortlisted for the 2004 Sobey Prize and the 2011 Grange Prize for photography. In 2009 she travelled to Kandahar, Afghanistan under the auspices of the Canadian Forces Artist Program and depicted Canadian women soldiers in the theatre of war. She is pursuing a PhD in cultural theory while actively exhibiting--most recently in Prague and Liverpool. These proposals will be on public exhibition in Confederation Centre's concourse from December 7, 2012 to January 27, 2013. "This commission is a very exciting initiative for the Gallery," say Gallery Director, Kevin Rice. "This exhibition will allow the public the opportunity to see the exciting range of public art projects proposed--from an outstanding group of artists--and is an opportunity to provide us with feedback on the proposals." A national advisory panel will select the commission-winning proposal in late January 2013.

The shortlist was determined by a national advisory panel comprised of Louise Déry, Ole Hammarlund, Ihor Holubizky, Landon Mackenzie, Jon Tupper, Kevin Rice, and Pan Wendt. The panel reviewed 54 expressions of interest from artists across the country and requested full proposals from the artists listed.

Media contact:
Fraser McCallum, Communications Manager, Confederation Centre of the Arts
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