AUArts Grad Show 2021
Illingworth Kerr Gallery Virtual Grad Show 2021 and 360-Degree Gallery Tour
Showcasing artwork from BFA, BDes and MFA Graduates of the Class of 2021, Alberta University of the Arts, Calgary, Alberta.
Illingworth Kerr Gallery (IKG), the professional on-campus gallery at Alberta University of the Arts (AUArts) has successfully migrated its on-campus graduating student exhibition onto a virtual platform offering audiences the opportunity to experience a 360-degree tour of student work installed in the gallery.
Located in Calgary, AUArts is the only dedicated art, craft, and design university on the prairies, offering Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees in Ceramics, Drawing, Fibre, Glass, Jewellery and Metals, Media Arts, Painting, Print Media, and Sculpture; Bachelor of Design degrees in Photography and Visual Communication Design; and Master of Fine Arts degrees in Craft Media.
The annual Graduating Students Exhibition is one of AUArts major highlights each year and a milestone in the careers of graduating students. Organized by IKG, Grad Show traditionally opens directly after the May Convocation ceremony and features artworks by graduating students. Considering the ongoing global pandemic and restrictions on large gatherings, Grad Show 2021 will be held on a purpose-built digital platform. Last May was the first time IKG hosted an online Grad Show. Newly enhanced for this year’s exhibition, the website will include an exciting 360-degree tour of graduate student work physically displayed in the IKG alongside the website gallery and individual student portfolios. Although IKG is closed to the public at this time due to ongoing health restrictions, the 360-degree tour will permit viewers to have an immersive gallery experience online. This virtual showcase presents the hard work of graduating students, while minimizing barriers for those who otherwise may be unable to participate due to accessibility concerns or COVID-19 related precautions.
By placing Grad Show portfolios online as part of the virtual experience, students are afforded the opportunity to exhibit up to 10 works, alongside a written statement which will be active on the website for one year. This digital platform will be used as a complimenting feature for future Grad Show exhibitions to increase accessibility for viewers and visibility for graduate work. AUArts is committed to disseminating Grad Show 2021 to a broader public, exposing the work of graduates to audiences in Calgary, across Canada and beyond. Grad Show 2021 opens May 27 and the exhibition will be online for one year.
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