10 September 2010

New exhibition by celebrated New Brunswick artist Janice Wright Cheney opens at the New Brunswick Museum


Janice Wright Cheney: TrespassThe New Brunswick Museum (NBM) is pleased to announce the opening of a new exhibition of work by New Brunswick artist Janice Wright Cheney. Janice Wright Cheney: TRESPASS will open to the public at the New Brunswick Museum Exhibition Center on Saturday, 11 September 2010 and will continue until 2 January 2011.

A textile-based artist, Janice Wright Cheney’s sculptural interventions have made their way into a number of the New Brunswick Museum’s exhibition display spaces, exploring territory beyond any posted signs and warnings. The attention she focuses on the fringe of interaction between animals and humans challenges our perceptions of the roles of institutions, the public, artists and the natural world. Ultimately it is a reminder of the fragility and transience of existence.

The exhibition Janice Wright Cheney: Trespass is the first exhibition in the second series of the NBM’s ‘Know Your Own Artists’ programme. Through this programme, the work of New Brunswick’s most respected contemporary visual artists, as chosen by a juried process, are featured in solo exhibitions at the NBM.

“Janice Wright Cheney’s work was chosen for the ‘Know Your Own Artists' series because its contemporary feminist aesthetic challenges our usual perceptions,” said Peter J. Larocque, NBM Curator of New Brunswick Cultural History and Art. “Her skilful combining of women’s traditional textile arts with natural science concerns inspires new ways of seeing our place in the world.”

Wright Cheney lives and works in Fredericton, New Brunswick, where she is an instructor at the New Brunswick College of Craft and Design.  In 2004 she received the Strathbutler Award for Excellence in the Arts and in 2009 she was elected to the Royal Canadian Academy.

Over the next two years, the NBM’s second “Know Your Own Artist” exhibition series will also feature work by New Brunswick artists Anna Torma, Andre Lapointe and Darren Emenau.

The exhibition series is sponsored by David Wells, CFA, Vice President, Portfolio Manager, RBC Dominion Securities; and McInnes Cooper Lawyers/Avocats. The exhibition Janice Wright: Trespass also received financial assistance from The Canada Council for the Arts. The exhibition was produced by the New Brunswick Museum.

New Brunswick Museum Exhibition Centre, 1 Market Square, Saint John, New Brunswick, Tel: (506) 643-2300;  Toll-free: 1 888 268 9595

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