Curatorial Talk – Sandra Meigs: Sublime Rage

Sandra Meigs (b. 1953), Fallen Eastern White Cedar. Sleeping Giant Provincial Park. Ontario. Melting Sun, 2021, gouache on paper, 29.2 x 38.1 cm, Courtesy of Susan Hobbs Gallery. © Sandra Meigs

Curatorial Talk – Sandra Meigs: Sublime Rage

Saturday, May 20, 2023 | 11:30 am | at the McMichael

Join contemporary artist Sandra Meigs, guest curator Jessica Bradley and McMichael Chief Curator Sarah Milroy for a conversation exploring Meigs’ recent series of paintings created during her pandemic retreats in the woods of Algonquin Park.

Speakers: Sandra Meigs, Jessica Bradley, and Sarah Milroy
Free with Gallery admission. Please RSVP to reserve your seat.


About the Exhibition
On view May 20 to November 19, 2023

For her exhibition at the McMichael, leading contemporary Canadian artist Sandra Meigs takes inspiration from the wilds of Ontario. Over the course of the various pandemic lockdowns, Meigs retreated from her home in Hamilton, Ontario to the woods of Algonquin Park and Lake Calabogie. Compelled by this time in nature, Meigs created a series of vibrant and penetrating gouache studies, works that recall the legacies of such notable women modernists as Emily Carr and Georgia O’Keeffe. Many of these reflect the artist’s concerns regarding climate change and species loss, observed at first hand. Several of Meigs’ electrifying paintings will be blown up and printed on canvas banners suspended from the ceiling, creating a forest of fierce painterly gesture and vibrant colour. Guest curated by Jessica Bradley.


The McMichael Canadian Art Collection is an agency of the Government of Ontario and acknowledges the support of the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport, and the McMichael Canadian Art Foundation. It is the only major museum in the country devoted exclusively to Canadian art. In addition to touring exhibitions, the McMichael houses a permanent collection of more than 7,000 works by historic and contemporary Canadian artists, including Tom Thomson, the Group of Seven and their contemporaries, Indigenous artists and artists from the many diasporic communities. The Gallery is located on 100 acres of forested landscape and hiking trails at 10365 Islington Avenue, Kleinburg, north of Major Mackenzie Drive in the City of Vaughan. For more information, please visit

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