Showcase Opening: October 6, 7-9 pm
Please join us in celebrating the works of the 2011-2012 Foundation Mentorship Program graduates: MCC mentees Annette Henderson and Mary Lowe, as well as Yvette Cenerini, Dayna Danger, Chantal Dupas, Patricia Eschuk, Cam Forbes, Erin Josephson-Laidlaw, Cheryl Orr-Hood, Willow Rector and Andrea Roberts. These ten artists have had a fabulous year working under the mentorship of MCC’s Anne Fallis in addition to Amber-Dawn Bear Robe, Eleanor Bond, Melanie Rocan, Suzie Smith, Diana Thorneycroft, Daina Warren and Diane Whitehouse, and being guided through the curatorial process by Milena Placentile.
The works of the program participants will be brought together under the title Survivability. Survivability requires the ability to strike balance: mind/body, emotional/intellectual, nature/technology, work/leisure, social protocols/deepest instinct. Survivability also requires the capacity to individually and/or collectively navigate in-between spaces, transforming past experience into present knowledge, preserving aspects drawn from ephemeral events to establish memory and wisdom. The process is not easy. Tests of physical and emotional strength are as much about courage and determination as they are about humility. Potential failure is always a risk and that must be accepted because, without risk, there can be no success.
The Foundation Mentorship Program is a year-long program in which senior artists share their experience with developing artists. It is designed to help women in the visual arts develop skills and define their decision-making philosophies, and to provide access to the information, resources and support they need to realize their goals. In addition to a one-on-one relationship with a mentor, the program provides a peer group for the mentees through group meetings. The Foundation Mentorship Program has been the bedrock of MAWA’s activities, and has been in existence since 1985. This year, MAWA partnered with the Manitoba Craft Council to add a rural mentor in craft.