Past Exhibitions

Artwork by Heather Benning
Detail - “Work Hard Be Nice” 2014 by Heather Benning
A Prairie Gothic

Let Our Fields Be Broader, But Our Nights So Much Darker
November 5 to December 30, 2016  

Saskatchewan artist Heather Benning has a growing international reputation for producing large-scale, site-specific installations within natural environments, presenting interventions in outdoor locations and abandoned and decaying architectural spaces.

Another focus of her practice is creating gallery-based installations and working in video. It is these latter practices that are featured in the exhibition A Prairie Gothic: Let Our Fields Be Broader, But Our Nights So Much Darker.

Presenting four bodies of work and her new film, the exhibition offers viewers intricately woven narratives that address notions of place, loss, the perceived ‘otherness’ of rural life and the construction of gender and femininity.

Each series contributes to an overarching narrative of the prairie gothic. Stories of innocence, haunting memories and romantic ideals of settler life on the prairies are intertwined with dark narratives and tragic loss. Benning presents viewers with iconic images and monuments of prairie rural life that not only acknowledge the passing of an era, the loss of a connection to our rural roots, idyllic dreams that are never realized and the inevitability of change, but also reflect a sensitivity and respect for the individual lives and stories, whether real or imagined, that collectively contribute towards a prairie sensibility or mythology.

Exhibition Curator is Jennifer McRorie. This exhibition was presented at Moose Jaw Museum and Art Gallery in fall 2015 and will be at the Mann Art Gallery in Prince Albert in 2017. This exhibition was organized by Moose Jaw Museum & Art Gallery in partnership with Art Gallery of Swift Current. An exhibition publication with essay is available.

Thank you to artist Heather Benning and to Saskatchewan Arts Board, SaskCulture - SaskLotteries and the City of Swift Current for their support.


Artwork by Belinda HarrowGiant Bingo

by Belinda Harrow of Saskatchewan

September 6 to October 23, 2016   

Combining drawing, sculpture, printmaking, and painting this exhibition explores the role chance and luck when searching for love. Giant Bingo delves into the complex world of Internet dating. Organized by OSAC.




Photography ExhibitionImage West Photography Exhibition

July 4 to August 27, 2016  

A selection of photographs from artist members of the Image West Photographic Association of southwest Saskatchewan.
This exhibition is part of the biennial "Saskatchewan Prairie Light Photography Festival" 2016.


I See China by Dieter Haase, Germany

Mandarin Woman with child by Ana Zerjal, Slovenia

Circle by Guo Xinping, China


Monotype: The China Workshops

April 30 to June 26, 2016  

This exhibition is a selection of handmade monotype print works from the International Creation Camp in November, 2014 in Zhangjiajie, Hunan, China. This biennial Creation Camp is sponsored by Pullman Hotels and Resorts.

Guest artists at the Creation Camp were from Asia, Europe and North America including six Canadians - three from southwest Saskatchewan – artist Stephanie Kaduck and curator Kim Houghtaling of Swift Current, and printmaker Gordan Novak of Admiral.

Hosted to a nine day stay at the local luxurious Pullman Hotel, they enjoyed wonderful accommodations and beautiful meals. The artists visited the exotic floating mountains of Zhangjiajie National Forrest. They were treated to performing arts shows and made day trips to ancient villages and interesting cities in the region. All of these experiences informed and inspired the paintings they made in the artist studios provided at the Pullman Hotel.

Working with master printmaker Gordan Novak, twenty-eight of the artists produced monotype prints. The process involves the artist painting their imagery onto a large sheet of glass using a water based printing ink. The printmaker presses an appropriate sized sheet of rice paper into the painted area and while carefully controlling the wetness of the ink and paper the image is transferred and the paper is lifted from the glass. The printed paper is then hung to dry in the manor imitated in this exhibition.

Monotype prints differ from other forms of handmade prints in that each print has unique qualities and differences from the other prints in the image-edition. In effect each print is one of a kind, hence the description “monotype” print or “mono-print”. Because of the uniqueness of each print and the painterly approach to image making, the monotype print making process gives artists the freedom to play with the expressive qualities in two-dimensional art making. The results are beautiful, spontaneous, dynamic and fun.

This exhibition presents over fifty examples of monotype prints from the Creation Camp printmaking workshop. The works are large and bold. They are presented studio-style - clustered close to each other and filling the room, unframed and raw – busy and vibrant and reminiscent of the printmaking studio experience.

Exhibition Curator is Kim Houghtaling, AGSC.

A printed publication about this project and the Creation Camp experience will be out later this year.


Battle Creek #2 - by Al Hartley

Seeking Tranquility
by Al Hartley

March 5 to April 24, 2016

Photographer Al Hartley of Maple Creek pursues authenticity, beauty, and tranquility in his artwork. Working with a film camera, Hartley develops his film and prints his photographs personally by hand.
This exhibition is part of the biennial "Saskatchewan Prairie Light Photography Festival" 2016.

Public Reception and Guided Tour of the exhibition with artist
Saturday, April 16 from 2 - 5 pm.




Enso - artwork by Diane LaraEnso

New works by Diane Lara

January 9 to February 28, 2016

Diane Lara, MFA, addresses issues and concerns relating to genetics, genetic testing, and our predisposition to diseases. In her most recent artwork Diane uses a gestural calligraphic rendering of circular shapes through rubbings onto vellum. The installations are completed through the use of three dimensional elements along with light and shadow. Circular shapes have regularly appeared in Lara’s work and have evolved into varying forms of expression all of which have associations and abstract references to genetic makeup – from a single cell to abstract questions about life itself.

Ensō meaning (Zen circles). Zen Buddhists believe it holds great meaning; some believe the ensō are enlightenment itself. Each is different – unique like the fingerprint of the artist who created it – it isn’t perfect and it doesn’t have to be; it represents the character of the artist in that exact moment of creation.



Jeffrey J. Spalding: Ghosts and AngelsJeffrey J. Spalding: Ghosts and Angels

November 8, 2015 to January 3, 2016

Through the use of chance and happenstance Canadian Artist, Jeffrey Spalding has created exciting and unexpected expressive abstractions. Working with Novak Graphics, Spalding uses the off cast printmaking materials and found colours gathered from the works of other artists in a very specific printing process designed to ensure the development of almost random composition making. The results have a very dynamic fifties abstraction meets Pop art vibe.
Organized by Art Gallery of Swift Current with the support of Novak Graphics, Admiral Saskatchewan.


Artwork from Series 2015Series 2015

September 13 to November 1, 2015

"Series" 2015 focuses on sculpture by five outstanding artists of southwest Saskatchewan. Each sculptor presents a selection of artwork from the past five to ten years, providing audiences with an understanding of the artist's story or purpose, and progression. Included are; stone carver Allan Weiderhold of Swift Current; Sylvia Thompson of Pennant, who works in carved wood and mixed media; Gladys Wozny-Siemens of Rush Lake, working in cast and carved plaste; Lloyd Garthus of Admiral, who works in clay, steel and mixed media and wood carver, Milan Gerza of Kyle.

Coffeehouse Reception: Friday, September 25, 7:30 pm
Walk and Talk Tour with the Artists, hors d’oeuvres, and Curator’s talk. $5
A part of Culture Days

Meet the Artists: Saturday, September 26, 2 pm
Walk and Talk Tour with the Artists.
A part of Culture Days



Antipods: Magical Creatures with Backward FeetAntipods: Magical Creatures with Backward Feet

July 8 to August 22, 2015

A collaborative senior-student class project and exhibition with students in the Department of Art and Art History, University of Saskatchewan, and students in the Spatial Construction, University of Southern Queensland, Australia. 
Organized by AGSC in partnership with the U of Sask, Professor Susan Shantz




Robert Scott: Copper SlagRobert Scott: Copper Slag

May 2 to July 4, 2015

Known for his grand scale abstract, beautiful and very physical paintings Robert Scott recently developed a series of drawing using copper slag on canvas – grand scale, beautiful and very physical drawings. Robert Scott is an internationally renowned artist who maintains a studio in Cadillac, SK, and Edmonton, AB.
Organized by AGSC in partnership with the MJM&AG, Curator Heather Smith








Artwork by David TuttleDavid Tuttle: Pattern Forming

March 7 to April 26, 2015

Swift Current artist David Tuttle doesn’t fit the common pattern for art production. Rather than following a single path of art making throughout his career David, over the past 20 years moves simultaneously between five very different series of art media and themes. This solo exhibition lets us explore each theme enjoying the differences and perhaps finding the connections.
Organized by AGSC, Curator Kim Houghtaling.


David Tuttle - Pattern Forming from Overtime Communications on Vimeo.


Artwork by Mindy Yan MillerLegacy: A Swift Current History of Visual Art

January 10 to March 1, 2015

Five full-size round-bales sprawl across the gallery floor as if dumped there from a production machine. The large volumes of harvested product bundled for efficient handling are not the hay we might expect. “Feed” may at once refer to sustenance for livestock, or the digital output register of the stock market or the “fashion feed” of the contemporary glamour industry.
Organized by AGSC in partnership with the MJM&AG, Curator Heather Smith




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