Memento Mori Catherine Hale: Studies in Black

Memento Mori
Catherine Hale: Studies in Black
February 3 – March 3, 2017

The UNB Art Centre is pleased to announce its first exhibition of 2017. Memento Mori—Catherine Hale: Studies in Black presents a collection of works by Fredericton based artist Catherine Hale. The exhibition opens on Friday, February 3rd with a reception and opening from 5-7pm. Memento Mori runs until March 3, 2017.

Following our recent 75th anniversary exhibitions in 2016, this exhibition reflects on Catherine Hale’s long relationship with the UNB Art Centre. She has worked with many of its founding members, including Fritz Brandtner during summer classes in the 1940s, and Lucy Jarvis during the 1950s. Hale is a forerunner of an emergent generation of feminist artists interested in the politics of women’s work and the reclamation of the domestic arts. The works in this exhibition include sculptural and textile works which reflect Hale’s mastery of assemblage as an artistic practise. The exhibit presents works that span her extensive artistic career which began in the 1970s and continues to the present day.

Hale’s continued commitment to her craft is inspiring. At 89 years old, Hale continues to create intricate and luxurious works of art. As a senior artist, Hale’s work is part of collections at the New Brunswick Museum, the Beaverbrook Art Gallery, and the New Brunswick Museum. Thanks to a recent gift from the artist to the UNB Permanent Collection, the UNB Art Centre now has the largest collection of Hale’s work in the region. Twenty of these works will be on display in this exhibition. A full colour catalogue with an essay by gallery director and exhibition curator Marie E. Maltais will accompany the exhibit.

We invite you to join us as we celebrate the contribution of this ‘Gothic Matriarch’ in Memento Mori.

Portrait of Catherine Hale by Jeff Crawford
Photograph by Jeff Crawford

The UNB Art Centre is located at Memorial Hall, 9 Bailey Drive, University of New Brunswick, Fredericton. The galleries are open 9 am – 4 pm weekdays and for special events. Admission is free to members of the public. Everyone welcome!

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