Amy Swartz, Natalie Waldburger and JJ Lee: The Drawing Board

Thursday, February 14, 2019 - 10:00am

Amy Swartz, Natalie Waldburger and JJ Lee are presenting “The Drawing Board: Performing the Institution” at this year’s College Art Association Conference in New York City on February 14, 2019. The Drawing Board's submissions was one of the four chosen from 900 proposals. Additionally, The Drawing Board will perform at Queens College at City University New York City, funded by the Canada Council for the Arts Research and Production Grant.

The Drawing Board is a collaborative artists group exploring the intersection of process, labour, drawing and performance. Our creative dialogue seeks to investigate the complexities of work and working relationships in the context of the institute. The artwork examines the role of creativity and collaboration mediated by institutional structures while simultaneously examining the historicized construction of racialized and gendered identity in the colonized space.  In mimicking the role of administration in relation to creative activity, we seek to perform the institutional structure and explore how this affects artistic form, engagement, activity, and individual identity. Using performance and drawing, we explore the embedded systems and practices, which often exclude disproportionately underrepresented communities and individuals. 


Venue & Address: 
Queens College City University New York City
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2017 Juried Exhibition Ontario-Wide Biennial

teacups embedded in a felt like structure
Friday, November 10, 2017 - 1:00pm to Sunday, January 7, 2018 - 5:00pm

2017 Juried Exhibition
Ontario-Wide Biennial

Date: November 10
Location: Thames Art Gallery

The exhibition will feature artists:
Elaine Carr, Danielle Coleman, Vanessa Cornell, Sherry Czekus, Robert Davidovitz, Sharon Hunter, Michaela Lucio, Alexandra Majerus, David McDougall, Ian McLean, Natalie Nadeau, Sasha Opeiko, Maureen Paxton, Amy Swartz and Kimberly Tucker.

Please join us in celebration of each of these Ontario-based artists on Friday, November 10 at 7PM, where the winner of the Juror’s Choice Award will be announced. Juror Kendra Ainsworth, Curator of Contemporary Art at the Art Gallery of Mississauga, and board member at Gallery 44, will be in attendance to congratulate the Ontario artists featured in this multi-disciplinary exhibition.

Ainsworth identified “of the 95 artists who submitted work this year, those whose work is included in the final selection demonstrated a strong command of medium, and - a theme that emerged as I reviewed the submissions - a strong sense of history, be it of material, tradition, or the personal.”

Exhibition runtime: November 10 – January 7, 2018
Open hours: 7 Days a Week, 1-5PM
The gallery is fully accessible and admission is free.

For more information please contact:
Emily Cadotte, Assistant Curator


Venue & Address: 
Thames Art Gallery

Amy Swartz presents Down the Rabbit Hole: Meet the Artist

sculptural creatures with open mouths
Wednesday, January 25, 2017 - 3:00pm to Saturday, February 11, 2017 - 5:00am

Amy Swartz:  Down the Rabbit Hole

January 3 – February 11, 2017

Meet the artist: Wednesday, January 25  |  3-5pm

Using incongruous materials, Amy explores synergies between the natural world, consumer culture, fantasy and her own life experience. Similar to a plastic surgeon grafting bone and skin to reconfigure the body, she performs a related type of physical manipulation by conjoining and reforming objects. During this process, she reflects on the complexities that link living things, and in contrast, our attempts to control life through artificial means. 

Robert Langen Art Gallery

Monday–Friday, 10am–10pm  

Saturday–Sunday, 12pm–10pm
Free Admission

Venue & Address: 
Robert Langen Art Gallery Wilfrid Laurier University Library 75 University Avenue West Waterloo, ON N2L 3C5