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Art & Culture

Susan Collen chosen as Artist in Residence at Region of Waterloo Library, Ayr Branch

Waterloo Region - The Region of Waterloo Library announced that its first Artist in Residence will be Kitchener visual artist, Susan Collen. Ms. Collen was selected by a special committee from a large group of applicants. “Susan brings to our community an extensive artistic background,” said Michele Hopkins, Supervisor, Branch Library (North Dumfries). “The beauty of her art is that it is approachable and accessible.”

Susan Collen is a contemporary visual artist working primarily in photography, media, drawing, graphics, installation, and public practice. She holds a Bides in Graphic Design from NSCAD, Halifax, a BFA in Photography, Concordia University, Montreal and an MFA in Photography, Columbia College, Chicago. Her work has exhibited in galleries and public institutions/spaces in Canada, the United States and Europe. "My art practice revolves around the constant activity of collecting nature specimens and detritus in urban and rural environments,” said Collen. “I gather these items up and bring them back to the studio to photograph, scan, sketch, draw and more. My imagery is underlined by interests in museums [and] natural history collections."

Collen’s art will be displayed in the Ayr Branch throughout her residency from Jan. 27 to June 15, 2016. The theme for Collen’s residency is on “A Companion Library” for (an incomplete) MUSEUM (of categories) for the FUTURE, revolving around creating artist books that correspond to nature and the environment. By creating new graphic works from the environment around us, the artist will encourage the community to approach the outside world from a different perspective.

An exciting program line-up is planned for the 2016 Artist in Residence. Members of the public are invited to join the library for an Artist Meet and Greet, opportunities to interact with the artist, art displays, community engagement project and artist ‘walk about’ that will connect community and nature. The Artist in Residence program will run for six months from January to June 2016. For details about winter and spring events, please visit www.rwlibrary.ca.

The Artist in Residence program has generously been made possible by the Taylor Bequest.

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