Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Gallery 1C03 is hiring!

Gallery 1C03 now hiring part-time gallery attendants! Applicants must be full-time high school or University of Winnipeg students. Application deadline is September 16, 2016.

Application deadline: Friday, September 16, 2016
Start date: On or after Thursday, September 29, 2016
Rate of pay: $11.33 - $12.66 per hour plus 6% vacation pay, variable hours


  • Opens/closes Gallery 1C03 (The University of Winnipeg’s campus art gallery)  at the beginning/end of the day by turning on/shutting off all Gallery lights; plugging in/unplugging, turning on/turning off, starting up/shutting down equipment; opening/closing doors; ensuring that Security Services unlock/lock doors and de-arm/re-arm the Gallery’s alarm system.
  • Safety/security of Gallery 1C03 exhibits - ensures that artworks exhibited in Gallery 1C03 are not subject to theft or mishandling by the public during hours of operation.
  • Public relations - greets visitors to Gallery 1C03 and answers any questions that visitors have about the art exhibits to the best of their ability; refers visitors to Gallery 1C03’s Director/Curator in situations where they are unable to provide assistance.
  • Attendance record - maintains a count of the number of visitors to Gallery 1C03.
  • Alerts Gallery 1C03 Director/Curator of any problems within the Gallery environment; these can relate to temperature, humidity and lighting issues or concerns for the safety of the artwork or visitors.
  • When applicable, takes readings of environmental conditions in Gallery 1C03 using a hand-held environmental monitor or a data logger.
  • When applicable, handles sales of art exhibition catalogues; this includes maintaining a count of funds in cash box and a count of catalogues at the beginning and end of each shift and returns all cash to Gallery 1C03 Director/Curator for processing.
  • Performs other related duties as required or assigned.

  • Must be a full-time student at a high school or The University of Winnipeg, preferably an art history/cultural studies major or related disciplines, or with an interest in the visual arts.
  • Some knowledge of contemporary visual art would be an asset.
  • On the job training provided.
  • Ability to follow oral and written instructions, procedures and regulations.
  • May require the ability to maintain records and handle cash on occasion.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with visitors who may be students, faculty, staff and the general public.
  • Ability to work day, evening and/or weekend shifts.
  • Capable of performing duties as assigned.       
Applications can be submitted on The University of Winnipeg's employment webpage.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Spring/Summer Employment with Gallery 1C03

Gallery 1C03 is now hiring a Collections Management Intern. This is a full-time term position for a student funded with the support of Canada Heritage through Young Canada Works in Heritage Organizations (YCWHO).

To determine if you qualify and to apply for the position, please consult this
Application deadline: Friday, April 29 at 5:00 p.m.

Job Title: Collections Management Intern
Employer: Gallery 1C03, The University of Winnipeg
Location: Winnipeg, Manitoba
Deadline for applications: April 29, 2016
Start Date: May 9, 2016
Duration: 12 weeks
Rate of pay: $15.14/hour, 35 hours per week


Job Description:

The University of Winnipeg holds a collection of 1200 artworks, primarily created by Canadian artists. Of these works, about 400 are displayed throughout campus as part of a triennial rotation. The rotation ensures the longevity of the artworks while still providing public access to them. Under the direction of the University Art Curator, the Collections Management Intern will assist in implementing the rotation of 200-300 collection artworks. The Intern will help move artworks from various campus locations to a central holding area (campus art gallery – Gallery 1C03), carry out condition assessments, update artwork conditions and locations in the collection database to maintain accuracy, take new on-campus artwork loan requests, assess environmental conditions in proposed new loan spaces, help move and install art in appropriate new locations, create detailed artwork identification labels to be placed beside displayed works, and complete associated paperwork (loan agreements).

The student will receive training in the following: proper art handling methods; use of the collection database FileMaker Pro (both data entry and search functions); artwork condition assessment methods and terminology; use of the Elsec environmental monitor to measure light, humidity and temperature levels; basic cleaning of framed artworks; art hanging techniques; creation of artwork identification labels.

If time allows, the Intern will assist in the development and distribution of exhibition and copyright release forms for selected works in the collection to assist in their future presentation on-line and in gallery exhibitions. If time allows, the student may conduct research on selected artists/artworks in our collection identified by the Art Curator for forthcoming conservation and/or exhibition projects. Finally, the Intern may support the Art Curator with communications and other logistics related public programming carried out during the spring/summer months.

This position offers the candidate the opportunity to gain valuable hands-on training and work experience in a professional environment. This position is made possible thanks to funding from the Government of Canada’s Young Canada Works in Heritage Organizations Program (YCWHO).

Education: Upper level undergraduate or graduate student focused in the area of Fine Arts, Art History, Cultural Studies or a related discipline, returning to studies full time in the fall of 2016.
The candidate must have experience working with the public in a courteous and diplomatic manner. Experience working with collections and/or information management systems and databases would be considered an asset.
Computer Skills: Must be proficient in use of word-processing applications such as Microsoft Word and Excel. Familiarity with database programs such as Filemaker Pro and software such as Adobe Photoshop Light Room would be assets.
Communication, Research, and Organizational Skills: The ideal candidate will have excellent verbal and written communication skills, strong research skills, superior organizational skills, and possess a strong attention to detail with a high degree of accuracy, as well as the ability to set goals and work independently.
Physical Ability: The candidate must be able to negotiate stairs and be capable of lifting up to 50 pounds.
Young Canada Works (YCW) Eligibility: Students must be registered with YCW prior to being interviewed and all candidates selected must be approved by YCW to confirm their eligibility in advance of them being offered a position. Consult their website for further information.

The University of Winnipeg is committed to employment equity, welcomes diversity in the workplace, and encourages applications from all qualified individuals including women, members of racialized communities, indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, and persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity.  In accordance with Canadian immigration requirements, first preference must be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada.

Application deadline:  Friday, April 29, 2016 at 5:00 p.m.
To apply for the position, please consult this website. Do not apply through The University of Winnipeg’s Human Resources department.

For further information, you may also contact University Art Curator Jennifer Gibson.

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Women artists celebrated at Gallery 1C03

Gallery 1C03 at The University of Winnipeg is celebrating Women's History Month and International Museum Week by joining social media campaigns on Twitter and Instagram to promote the accomplishments of women artists and various museum-related topics!

Although Women's History Month is recognized in Canada each October, for Americans it takes place in March. Gallery 1C03 was happy to jump on board with our neighbours to the south and celebrate again, so we began promoting it a few weeks back with a post on the Gallery's twitter and instagram feeds using the hashtag #5WomenArtists. Our post included the names and images by five women artists that have recently shown or are currently showing with Gallery 1C03.

This list includes Winnipeg artists Elvira Finnigan and Lisa Wood, whose collaborative exhibition Cafeteria will be feted tomorrow with a public reception at the Gallery from 4 - 6 p.m., followed by artists' talks in room 2M70 at The University of Winnipeg at 6 p.m. Please join us to see how their work in this process-based show has evolved!

 Left: Elvira Finnigan, excerpt from Cafeteria table; right: Lisa Wood, photo collage from Cafeteria happening.

Although we are one day behind on the International Museum Week social media campaign, we will begin today with the hastag #secretsMW to reveal behind the scenes information about an artwork in the University's collection. The featured piece is by a woman artist named Annora Brown. Learn more below from this text written by Gallery 1C03's Curatorial Intern Sarah Brereton!

Above: Annora Brown, Summer Afternoon, 1952, oil on masonite, 46 1/2" x 76 1/2". Collection of The University of Winnipeg. Gift of the Class of 1929.

Alberta-based artist Annora Brown created the large oil painting, titled Summer Afternoon and pictured above, in 1952. Visitors to The University of Winnipeg campus can view this work on the third floor of the Richardson College for the Environment where it is displayed at the entrance of the Institute of Urban Studies and Department of Indigenous Studies. Summer Afternoon was purchased by the University’s class of 1929 to commemorate a much respected classmate, R. Gerald Riddell, and it was originally installed as the centerpiece of the former campus library on the main floor of Bryce Hall.

Annora Brown (1899-1987) was raised in the settlement of Fort Macleod, Alberta. She was the daughter of Forster Brown, a North West Mounted Police officer, and Elizabeth Cody, one of the first school teachers in the area. Throughout her childhood, Brown’s interests grew from her love of the nature that surrounded her. Her drawing skills were noticed by her high school teachers, and they encouraged her interests in botany and sketching.  After a series of illnesses, Brown moved east to stay with her aunt in Toronto, applying to the Ontario College of Art (now OCAD University), where she received a four year scholarship. Brown’s instructors there included Arthur Lismer and J.E.H. MacDonald, members of the esteemed Canadian Group of Seven.

Upon graduation, Brown returned to Alberta where she taught art at Mount Royal College in Calgary and at the Banff School of Fine Arts. She spent a significant portion of her life, however, back in Fort Macleod, conducting field work and creating handicrafts for the Faculty of Extension at the University of Alberta. Brown was the only woman among the founding members of the Alberta Society of Artists. In 1955, she published Old Man’s Garden, the first book on Canada’s western flora. During her career, Brown saw her artwork included in collections throughout Canada, the United States, Britain, and Australia, illustrated multiple children’s stories, and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Law by the University of Lethbridge. 

Brown is most recognized for her paintings of southwestern Alberta landscapes and wildflowers that demonstrate her close observations of nature, born of a lifetime spent outdoors. Summer Afternoon depicts Cameron Lake in Waterton Lakes National Park, a place where the artist often travelled to sketch and paint. While the influence of Brown’s Group of Seven art school mentors can be seen in her use of evergreen trees as a framing device in this painting, her work is distinct. Brown places people at the centre of this image, making their activity the focus of the scene. By the 1950s, Cameron Lake was a popular destination frequented by tourists and locals alike; here, we see vacationers enjoying a day of boating. Summer Afternoon is also indicative of Brown’s experimentation with bold colours and diverse brushstrokes, resulting in paintings that the Glenbow Museum has described as “realistic but sometimes fanciful.” These characteristics can be seen in her depiction of the water by the dock where she attempts to capture texture and movement in a loose manner.

During the course of her life, Brown developed and maintained friendships with many other artists, including a number of women artists. While she was a student at the Ontario College of Art in Toronto, Brown and three of her female cohorts from Alberta formed a collective known as the “Western Group.” She and Gwen Lamont, Euphemia McNaught, and Ruby Henry exemplified the camaraderie between women artists which Brown discovered to be valuable throughout her artistic career.

Brown's connection to Winnipeg and to the University’s class of 1929 was made through another friend, Jessie Doris Hunt (1909-1999). Hunt was an alumna of the class of ’29 and an artist in her own right who, like Brown, taught art to support herself. The two met while they were both instructors at Mount Royal College between 1934 and 1938, where the older Brown mentored Hunt. Brown and Hunt shared a mutual interest in nature and embarked upon en plein air sketching expeditions near the college. Hunt recounts these journeys and the context for the commissioning of Summer Afternoon in her unpublished biography of Brown titled Annora Brown of Fort Macleod, Her Life and Art. Indeed, if it was not for the commendation of Brown’s art by Hunt to her fellow classmates, Summer Afternoon would not be part of the University’s collection.

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