We know and understand ourselves and others through our faces. We read facial expressions to appreciate the range of human emotions that others are feeling—hesitation, honesty, sadness, excitement, concern, joy, pain, loss, relief. We observe slight articulations on peoples’ faces or something in their eyes to see what they are thinking (even things they are trying to conceal). We also assess facial characteristics to determine aspects of identity, such as age, gender, and culture. And these characteristics develop as we do, from childhood into adulthood, and from middle age into the older years—always retaining the distinguishing facial features we were recognized by as children.
Edmonton Artist Gillian Willans’ paintings of the domestic realm capture her interest in social role-playing and her own struggles to define her belonging. With a focus on creating mood through dramatic use of light and shadow, the private living rooms become a stage in which a range of social interactions have played or could play-out.
Can we find meaningful symbols in our every-day activities and in the spaces in which we reside?
May 5 - June 24, 2018
Opening Reception - Saturday May 5 12-2pm
The two artists in Aura of the Land, photographer Blake Chorley (Calgary) and sound artist Ben Globerman (Ottawa), have exposed their creative practice to the energy of the wilderness; to see, hear and experience its gifts.
21st Century Nesting Practices from Edmonton artist Sydney Lancaster considers the human penchant for investing significance in objects in the material world. This work explores the tangible reality of nest objects and its relationship to what those objects may signify psychologically or emotionally to people.
December 7-December 21, 2017
December 7 3-5PM
McMullen Gallery is hosting our second annual Show & Sale, just in time for the Holidays. This exhibition is a fundraiser for the Friends' Arts in Healthcare Program.
October 7 - December 3 2017
Opening Reception - October 12, 7-9pm
This Art Makes Me Feel... is a collaboration between Friends of University Hospitals & Alberta Foundation for the Arts celebrating 30 years of visual art supporting the healing experience.
image credit: Doug Haynes, CIELO, 1995, acrylic on canvas, Collection of the Alberta Foundation for the Arts
August 14 - October 1, 2017
Opening Reception - August 23, 7-9pm
The work featured in Comfort predominantly features clothing, and imagery of clothing. Artists Kirsty Templeton Davidge and Anne Billy have portrayed clothing to signify someone without directly or entirely depicting them. In this way, they use suggestion, symbolism, and personal narrative to frame the personal intimacy they feel, or attempt to feel, with their subjects.
June 22 - August 3, 2017
Opening Reception - Wednesday June 28, 7-9pm
Since 2015, artists, researchers and health care providers have been listening to, learning from, and collaborating with people whose lives have been impacted by head and neck cancer.
The artwork and stories from the project are displayed in McMullen Gallery.
Pamela Thurston’s paintings are simple statements about the joy of being still; of simply seeing and being aware of a connection with place. The images speak in mystical tones, not only because of her own sense of wonder in the face of nature, but because of the time in her life when they were created. Viewers are asked to slow down and sense the inner peace that the landscape near the artist’s home provided during a time of stress and loss.