A group of attendees view and discuss works at the opening of the 4th Carleton Community Art Exhibition opening reception.

Celebrating Carleton Art and Campus Creativity

By Elizabeth Murphy
Photos by Justin Wonnacott

Artists and enthusiasts gathered at the Carleton University Art Gallery (CUAG) to celebrate the opening of The 4th Carleton Community Art Exhibition featuring a wealth of creativity from students, alumni, faculty, staff and retirees. Attendees assembled at the gallery – the cultural hub of the campus – housed in St. Patrick’s Building.

Curated by first-year Art History MA candidate Katie Kendall, the exhibition opened Friday, Jan. 13 and ran until Sunday, Jan. 22.  Comprised of some 250 pieces by 150 artists, the exhibition displayed the creative talents of the wider Carleton community. The exhibition also included a Carleton Community Performance Night held on Thursday, Jan. 19.

“Having worked on the logistical details of the exhibit for so long, it is very rewarding to see it all come together,” said Kendall, who counts this as her first major curated exhibition. “It was a really thrilling experience.”

Carleton art exhibition shares inspiration

The inspirational collection of Carleton art commenced with an opening reception featuring a few words from President Dr. Roseann O’Reilly Runte and CUAG Director Sandra Dyck.

“When you do a work of art it has an idea, it has an emotion, it has a message that you want to share with other people,” said Runte. “And I want to thank you for sharing those thoughts, those feelings and those messages.”

The art was splashed across the gallery’s walls, generating lively conversation among the large crowd at the reception.

“This exhibition, as you can tell, is a very unique and inclusive celebration of the entire Carleton community,” said Dyck.

From painting to sculpture, the eclectic collection of mediums and styles delighted visitors throughout the day. Stirring photography was juxtaposed in the collection with beautiful cross-stitching and textile pieces. Graphite works and oil paintings had their place of honour on the walls.

Each artist was permitted to submit up to two pieces to the show.

Looking ahead, Kendall hopes that this exhibition will encourage more people to get involved in the community show next year.

“People might feel intimidated about putting their art in a show,” said Kendall. “My hope is that they get inspired to submit their art for the next exhibition.”

Carleton art exhibition marks milestone

The exhibition took place at a momentous time, as the gallery marks its 25th anniversary during Carleton’s 75th year.

For more information on the gallery, please visit the CUAG website.

An attendee examines a painting at the 4th Carleton Community Art Exhibition opening reception.Attendees have a conversation at the 4th Carleton Community Art Exhibition opening reception.Three attendees view a piece of art at the 4th Carleton Community Art Exhibition opening reception.An attendee takes a photo of displayed art on her phone.A group of attendees view and discuss works of art at the opening of the 4th Carleton Community Art Exhibition.