Université de Moncton and Mount Allison University welcome Karen Trask as Casino New Brunswick Artist-in-Residence
|From left to right, Jean-François Thibault, Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, U de M; Julie-Pier Friolet, Chair of the Student Council of the Department of Visual Arts, U de M; Julie Forgues, Director of the Department of Visual Arts, U de M; Raymond Théberge, President and Vice-Chancellor, U de M; Karen Trask, Casino NB Artist-in-Residence; Robert Campbell, President and Vice-Chancellor, Mount Allison University; Thaddeus Holownia, head of the Department of Fine Arts, Mount Allison University; Kate MacDonald, Executive Director, Casino New Brunswick; and Jolaine Thériault, Director of Marketing, Casino New Brunswick.|
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The Université de Moncton and Mount Allison University welcome Artist-in-Residence Karen
Trask as their second artist-in-residence. A multidisciplinary artist and native of
Ontario, Trask will serve a two-year term shared between the two universities thanks to a
donation of $500,000 from Casino New Brunswick.
“We are very happy to announce Ms. Trask’s term at the Université de Moncton. We have
a number of partnerships with Mount Allison University, but we are particularly proud of
this one, which allows us to articulate and express the value and importance of the
development of arts and culture in our area,” says Raymond Théberge, President and
Vice-Chancellor of l’Université de Moncton.
“Fine Arts has been part of Mount Allison for more than 160 years and students have many
opportunities for hands-on learning — from creating their own pieces in the studio under
the guidance of our faculty to staging exhibitions of their work at local galleries to
working with a conservator at the Owens Art Gallery,” says Mount Allison President and
Vice-Chancellor Dr. Robert Campbell. “The artist-in-residence program is a wonderful
addition to these existing opportunities, giving students access to a fresh perspective
from a working artist while building ties with l’Université de Moncton.”
“Casino New Brunswick’s goal is to show its support for the arts, education, and
cultural development in southeast New Brunswick. We are proud to make our community a
better place to live, work, and play, supporting the collaboration between Karen Trask
with two of the country’s most noted universities, Mount Allison and l’Université de
Moncton,” says Kate MacDonald, General Manager, Casino New Brunswick.
Under the new program, Trask will divide her time and expertise between l’Université de
Moncton and Mount Allison University. Throughout her residency, she will work with
students, faculty members, and a variety of community stakeholders, giving talks, making
public presentations, and undertaking research and artistic collaborations.
“The artist-in-residence is a priceless resource in the creative life of a contemporary
artist and the Casino New Brunswick residency is a perfect model,” Trask says. “To my
knowledge, it is the only one of its type and other universities should take note.
Creating takes an enormous amount of concentration — and also a lot of time. These two
things are becoming more and more rare these days. I admire the intelligence, courage, and
creativity of Casino New Brunswick, l’Université de Moncton, and Mount Allison
University in establishing this innovative project. This project is very important not
only for the artist — who benefits from support for the creation of their work — but
also for the students who will have the opportunity of observing artistic creation on a
Trask has been at l’Université de Moncton since January and will remain until the end
of June. She will then be based at Mount Allison University from September to December
2017. The same cycle will be in place for 2018.
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