Summer 2024 Exhibitions at Art Gallery of Guelph

Opening Reception: Thursday, June 13, 2024 | 6:30 pm

Join us on Thursday, June 13 for the launch of the Art Gallery of Guelph’s summer season featuring four new exhibitions: Yours in Native Spirit: Richard Bedwash, What Remains, Catherine Chan: Fractures and Futures, and Paul Nadeau: Gravel is the New Gold. All exhibitions address ideas and issues that are significant and timely – from the work of Richard Bedwash, the Anishinaabe artist tied to murals that remain within the aging structure of the abandoned Guelph Correctional Centre, to the work in What Remains that draws attention to the humanitarian crisis playing out on the southern border of the United States, as well as Catherine Chan’s engagement with questions of the more-than-human and Paul Nadeau’s exploration of the fundamental connection between the process of measuring land and the project of colonization.


Yours in Native Spirit: Richard Bedwash

June 8 – August 25, 2024
Curated by Shauna McCabe and Colinda Clyne

This exhibition features over 20 works by Anishinaabe artist Richard Bedwash, created while active in the Native Sons, founded at the Guelph Correctional Centre in 1976. Initiated by Indigenous inmates, the organization supported and affirmed the healing value of cultural and spiritual expression within a justice system that had consistently failed them. Profoundly shaped by the colonialism of incarceration from experiences of residential school to his term at the correctional institution, Bedwash’s vivid paintings were a reclamation of traditional knowledge. read more >

Organized and presented by the Art Gallery of Guelph with the support of the Ontario Arts Council and Canada Council for the Arts.


What Remains

May 2 – August 30, 2024
Curated by Sidd Joag

Born out of the fault line between El Paso, Texas, and Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, What Remains attempts to impart texture and nuance to the migrant experience and that of citizens of the borderlands who bear witness to the brutality inflicted on their kinfolk. Underscoring the gravity of conditions that precipitate mass migration, from the act of crossing to the art of surviving, the project provides windows into and out of an ongoing global humanitarian crisis through image, sound, and installation. read more >

Organized and presented by the Art Gallery of Guelph and Musagetes in partnership with the ArtsEverywhere Festival. The Art Gallery of Guelph is grateful for the support of the Ontario Arts Council and Canada Council for the Arts.


Catherine Chan: Fractures and Futures

May 30 – July 10, 2024
Curated by Shauna McCabe

The work of Catherine Chan delves into human entanglements with the more-than-human and the responsibility inherent in these relationships. At once her medium and subject, rocks and the materials born of them – the substance of geology – represent a layering of experiences and memories traversing epochs of the Earth’s history with more fleeting moments of human experience. Spanning the immediacy of minutes, hours, and days to the vastness of eras and eons, the compression of time is used as a mode of unearthing the deep past to cast forward into a deep future. read more >


Paul Nadeau: Gravel is the New Gold

July 18 – August 25, 2024
Curated by Georgia Phillips-Amos

Paul Nadeau’s paintings explore the twin tropes of Canadian eco-tourism and resource extraction. Iterative hyperreal paintings act as flattened bricolage, drawing the visual language of cottage-country ephemera together with the practices of measuring, mapping, and surveying which have made possible a certain perception of vast Canadian wilderness—one which both depends on and accelerates the continuous dispossession of Indigenous lands for resource extraction and leisure. Nadeau’s use of trompe l’oeil undermines the apparent neutrality of these instrumental documents and exposes the insidious power they hold. read more >

The exhibitions of Catherine Chan and Paul Nadeau represent the culmination of two years of focused work in the University of Guelph’s Master of Fine Arts program. The Art Gallery of Guelph’s annual exhibitions of graduating MFA students are presented in conjunction with the School of Fine Art and Music at the University of Guelph.


Image credits: Richard Bedwash, Man Changing into Thunderbird, 1983, acrylic on canvas, 121.9 x 81.3 cm. University of Guelph Collection at the Art Gallery of Guelph; Monica Lozano, La Trenza, 2023, digital photograph. Courtesy of the artist. Catherine Chan, Philopatry I, detail, 2022–24, sedimentary rocks, wood glue, patching compound, oil paint, archival print mounted on aluminum, 111.8 x 167.6 cm. Courtesy of the artist.

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