March 2, 2016

“Looking Through Glass Darkly: Exhibition Projects and Sculpture” lecture by Fred Wilson

University of Guelph
Photo: Andrew Walker/Getty.

Fred Wilson is a conceptual artist whose practice includes painting, sculpture and photography. He is known for his sculptures in glass and for his site-specific installations in collaboration with museums and cultural institutions throughout North America, Europe, Africa and Asia. In 2003, Wilson represented the United States at the 50th Venice Biennale with the solo exhibition, Fred Wilson: Speak of Me as I Am. His many accolades include the prestigious MacArthur Foundation “Genius” Grant (1999). Fred Wilson lives and works in New York City where he is represented by the Pace Gallery.

The lecture is open to the public and will be followed by a question and answer period moderated by Robert Enright, University of Guelph Research Professor in Art Criticism.

The annual Shenkman Lecture was established in 2007 and is made possible through the support of Dasha Shenkman OBE, Canadian art collector and philanthropist who lives in the United Kingdom.

Please also plan to join us for the MFA open studios before and after the lecture:
3–5pm and 7:30–9pm, at Blackwood Hall, Firehall, Alexander Hall, University of Guelph.

The MFA students in the School of Fine Art and Music at the University of Guelph are pleased to welcome the public to their annual open studios, offering a rare inside look at the development of new work within the environment of an art program and a chance to chat with artists about their work in progress.

Open studios 2016 features work by graduate candidates: Paul MacIntyre, Peter Denton, Steven Beckly, Ambera Wellmann, Amanda Boulos, Larissa Tiggelers, Shannon Garden-Smith, Patrick Cruz, Jean-Marc Perin, Erika Dueck, John Haney, Simon M. Benedict, Kevin Murphy, Hiba Abdallah

We will also showcase work by our fourth year Specialized Studio undergraduates: Sonali Menezes, Jordan Pedersen, Merlin Hunt, Kenneth Jeffrey, Chris Withenshaw, Kelly Zantingh, Erika Farfaras, Alison Postma, Elana Shvalbe, Emma Welch, Katie Cheung, Emma Green, Andrew Mandaliti, Christina Smith, Linh Thai, Lindsay Sisson

Press contact:
Sandra Sabatini PhD, [email protected], T 519 824 4120 x53869
Erika Dueck, Graduate Student Coordinator, [email protected]
John Kissick, Faculty Coordinator, [email protected]  T 519 824 4120 x53191

A free shuttle service between open studios buildings is available between 3 and 5pm.

Volunteers will be available to provide directions and assistance. For more information on both events, visit:


University of Guelph and the School of Fine Art and Music present the 10th annual Dasha Shenkman Lecture in Contemporary Art featuring Fred Wilson

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