Bonavista Biennale announces 2019 artist line-up

Reinhard Reitzenstein Waiting/Watching/Waiting, site-specific installation, Bonavista Biennale 2017, Knights Cove, Newfoundland.
Saturday, August 17, 2019 - 10:00am to Sunday, September 15, 2019 - 5:00pm

Newfoundland is located on migratory and trade routes that have for centuries linked the cultures and commodities of North America and Europe. Ktaqmkuk (the Mi’kmaq word for Newfoundland) is traditional unceded Mi’kmaw territory that became part of these connecting routes. FLOE (re)considers the history of exchange, while acknowledging the histories and cultures of the Beothuk, Mi’kmaq, Innu and Inuit of the province, through the perspectives of a diverse group of artists.

Participating artists are: Jordan Bennett, Bob Blumer, Maria M. Campos-Pons, Ian Carr-Harris and Yvonne Lammerich, Kym Greeley, Robert Hengeveld, Anna Hepler, Jason Holley, Thaddeus Holownia, Barb Hunt, Mark Igloliorte, Wanda Koop, Meagan Musseau, Sean Patrick O’Brien, Paulette Phillips, Meghan Price (OCADU instructor in the MAAD Program), Jerry Ropson, Camille Turner, D’Arcy Wilson.

2019 curators are: Catherine Beaudette (2 Rooms Contemporary Art Projects), David Diviney (Art Gallery of Nova Scotia), and Matthew Hills (Grenfell Art Gallery, Memorial University of Newfoundland).

“Geodesic, geological, aquatic and structural are terms that describe some of the artworks in Bonavista Biennale 2019,” said Artistic Director and Curator Catherine Beaudette. “Nomad, Afronaut, cheerleader and storyteller describe the artists behind the work. This year’s show promises to be a stimulating floe of ideas.”

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A project of 2 Rooms Contemporary Art Projects



Catherine Beaudette



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OCAD University mourns the loss of Mary MacDonald

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Canada has lost a celebrated artist, curator and writer, OCAD U alumna Mary MacDonald (MFA, Criticism & Curatorial Practice, 2012).

Born in Nova Scotia, MacDonald was a well-known figure in the arts communities of St. John's NL and Atlantic Canada. She ran the Eastern Edge gallery in St. John’s from 2012 to 2015. She was also one of the founders of Girls Rock NL, a mentorship program and summer camp that provides girls and women opportunities to empower themselves through musical expression and education.

In 2014, MacDonald was selected by ARTINFO as one of Canada's 30 under 30.

She passed away in St. John's on July 18, 2017, surrounded by her family and close friends. Her obituary can be found at



Black and White Landscape Drawing
Thursday, February 4, 2016 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm





Neolithic France to Newfoundland

Journeying with a camera and sketchbook, Professor Diane Pugen visited Brittany and later Newfoundland during her sabbatical.  In Brittany, she was surprised and fascinated to find many remnants of Neolithic structures abounding in the land and was compelled to search them and explore their meanings. In Newfoundland, the rugged earth felt like her home and she embraced it.  Professor Pugen recorded numerous  places and began a larger site specific drawing which remains unfinished; the land is calling her to return.


Diane Pugen, 2015

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OCADU 100 McCaul St Room 667